"Bolivia may be one of the poorest countries in South America, but its cultural wealth, the vastly differing Amazonian and Andean landscapes, and the remnants of mysterious ancient civilizations make it a rich and exciting destination if you're looking for more than postcards.
This landlocked country is sometimes compared to Tibet - it's the highest and most isolated of the Latin American republics. It is also the most indigenous country on the continent, with more than 50% of the population maintaining traditional values and beliefs."
Tinku Festival "Each May thousands of indigenious Bolivian indians descend on the isolated, mountanous city of Macha in the hope of picking a fight. The 600 year old pre-Hispanic Bolivian festival of Tinku sees villager pitted against villager in a toe to toe slug fest that doesn't stop until blood is spilt on the ground. The blood: an offering to the earth goddess - Pachamama - to ensure a good harvest for the coming year. The desired result: the more spilt, the better.
Over the years dozens have died, yet the rite continues, albeit today with some limited policing. Nowadays, fighting to the death is a no-no, but not so in the past. For some of the poorest people in South America living off what they can srcatch from the land, life is literally a battle."
Amboro National Park, Bolivia "An ecological masterpiece with over 700 birds, jungle cats and the rare spectacled bear
For many the idea of exploring an untouched junglescape is but a distant dream: however, a three hour drive west from Santa Cruz will take the adventurous tourist into one of the most pristine and, as of yet, unspoiled tropical habitats in the world.
Amboro National Park, covering and area of over 630,000 hectares, lies within three distinct ecosystems: the foothills of the Andes, the northern Chaco and the Amazon Basin. The park was originally established as the Reserva de Vida Silvestre German Busch in 1984 but, with the help of native biologist Noel Kempff, British zoologist Robin Clark and others, the park was expanded to its present size. "
"In the center of the South American continent, south of the Amazon basin and east of the Andes, lies an immense landlocked river delta where annual floodwaters regularly rise several meters and then recede. For the abundant and diverse plants and animals living there, the flood pulse in normal and life giving.
The Pantanal is one of our planet's most spectacular wetland systems."
The Choro Trek
Although long and rigorous, the Choro trek, stretching from Bolivia's mountain peaks to the steaming Yungas, allows hikers to view stone houses in the Altiplano, crystalline rivers nestled in lush, green valleys, monkeys swinging from one tree to another and eagles soaring above forest covered mountains. For the three-day journey, most carry both winter and summer clothing, medical supplies and a good camera not only to capture breathtaking sites, but also to prove to friends and relatives that you survived the jarring descents and exhausting climbs.
GMT - 4 Hour
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The weather in Bolivia can vary drastically from one climatic zone to another. The summer months in Bolivia are November through March. The weather is typically warmer and wetter during these months. April through October, the winter months, are typically colder and drier.
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