bolivia

Retro Perspective Bolivia

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 …

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The Photo Review of 2015

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.

Authentic Bolivia Photography

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.

Coca and Bolivia

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.

Adobe construction

Adobe is the Spanish word for mud brick originates from Arabic, is a building material made from earth and often organic material.

In dry climates, adobe structures are extremely durable, and account for some of the oldest existing buildings in the world.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia

After having spent some month living in the mountain village of Samaipata and exploring the region and the surrounding valleys in the Yungas, we decided that we had enough of the humid cold nights and the too strong sunshine during the day there and moved to the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Rurrenabaque

Rurrenabaque in the tropical region of Bolivia is a little village which is often mentioned as the door to the amazon.

Coconuts in Bolivia

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey.

Potato diversity in Bolivia

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 :-)

Avocado in Bolivia

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.

Papaya

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.