A country of statistical extremes, landlocked Bolivia is the highest and most isolated country in South America. It is very rich in mineral and energy resources but Bolivia is one of South America’s poorest countries. Therefore Bolivia is often called the “Himalaya of Latin America”.
Back in January 2015 we started our exploration of Bolivia it lasted something like 6 month. In the meantime I never found time to write the full “Retro Perspective Bolivia” but I had a few drafts living around so now publishing them to share the thoughts with you. We lived in Samaipata first and then in Rurrenebaque and at the end in the big urban city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. All 3 locations can be highly interesting depending on what you are seeking for.
Our 2015 year was one of the most challenging ever so far. It started in Paraguay and ended in Ecuador. During this year we managed somehow to live in 4 different countries: Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador. Like always we had planed another road-map. This was actually plan-B because plan-A failed. You may know what FAIL stands for? First Attempt In Learning! When you make a plan and with guarantee the output will be different than what was initially planned. That is called life I believe. Read more →
Authentic Bolivia Photography during our +6 month exploration of Bolivia in 2015.
Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most “remote” countries in the western hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country in the Americas, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry.
Coca is a cultivated plant from the family of Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. Currently the cultivation, sale, and possession of unprocessed coca leaf is only legal in Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. Actually it’s partially legal in the US and the entire world too because Coca-Cola still uses Coca leaf extracts (without cocaine) as ingredient for the Nr. 1 soft drink.
Coconuts grow like crazy here in the region of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. It seems that they just don’t like the altitude of the mountains. Theoretically the Coconut palm tree natural habitat is in the tropical regions not to far from the sea coast. The coconut palm thrives on sandy soils and is highly tolerant of salinity. Which in other words means it needs Salt! It prefers areas with abundant sunlight and regular rainfall (1500 mm to 2500 mm annually), which makes colonizing shorelines of the tropics relatively straightforward. Read more →
As Swiss citizens we are used to eat a lot of Potatoes back in Switzerland. Our preferred dishes are Roesti and simple cooked potato with cheese. Btina knows amazingly well how to cook a perfect Roesti. I need to take a picture of it the next one :-) Read more →
Yes we do LOVE the Avocado fruit and if locally available would eat it every day. While living in Samaipata we had plenty of Avocados available and depending of the original also a very wide variety of them. Usually we created a avocado-based salad or dip called Guacamole. Read more →
Actually Btina and myself don’t really enjoy pure Papaya but there are so many great health benefits which have motivated us to include it into our daily eating habits – if locally available. Read more →