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Monday, September 23, 2013

Population of Bolivia by department (state) census 2012

The population of Bolivia does not have a uniform distribution among the 9 departments (states). The table below shows the data according to the census 2012 data.

Bolivia, population, land and population density.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bolivian aymara herder is possibly 123 years old

According to th article in the link below, this Aymara herder who lives in the bolivian highlands is possibly 123 years old.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bolivian population - preliminary results of the Bolivia Census 2012

The last census Bolivia had before 2012 was in 2001, more than 10 years have passed.

These results are still preliminary according to the INE (national institute of statistics), but give an overall idea of the growth Bolivia has had since the last census.

The overall population of Bolivia according to these results is 10.3 million people.Considering we have over a million square kilometers, our overall density is low. Although there are parts of Bolivia with a very high population density, i.e. parts of the city of La Paz.

Zeta - Bolivian produced TV miniseries - Chapter 2

If anyone would like to have the captions in English for this miniseries I could provide them. Just comment in this post and I'll include the text for each chapter.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Zeta - Bolivian produced TV miniseries - Chapter 1

I want to share the following TV miniseries which was shown in the city of La Paz between last year and this one. This is a simple story but which provides a condensed insight into the culture of La Paz and the Bolivian highlands. Each chapter takes only 2 to 3 minutes.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Take a scenic ride in Bolivia's bizarre Mercedes bus-train - Jalopnik

Take a scenic ride in Bolivia's bizarre Mercedes bus-train - Jalopnik

Wow, I live here in Bolivia and I've never heard of this one :o

I'll have to ask my friends in Sucre where the heck you can take this weird bus, at least to take a look at it next time I'm in that city. Although this looks more like something you take outside the city in the countryside. No chance I would be riding this one however, since this is probably hand made and with no warranty :)

Just fyi, there is a decent paved road between Sucre and Potosi, so you don't HAVE to take this bus if you want to get from one place to the other.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mitsubishi's 360-degree video of Bolivia's Death Road | The Car Tech blog - CNET Reviews

Mitsubishi's 360-degree video of Bolivia's Death Road | The Car Tech blog - CNET Reviews

The death road in La Paz is probably one of the best know touristic attractions of Bolivia, amazing, considering it is a matter of death that attracts people to this road.

By the way there is an alternate road already in place which goes through the highlands and can take you to the Yungas, so you don't need to take this road if you want to go from La Paz to Coroico. However the new road is longer, but much safer.

Monday, May 23, 2011

The island of the Sun in lake Titicaca - part 2

To the north of the island you can find the Chinkana ruis, also known as the "laberynth". These ruins have several rooms, passages which are built on a slope very close one to the other. Some distance beyond this place there are two natural sunken formation on the rocks which are similar to giant steps which the local natives attribute to the Sun god or Thunapa, who was a son of the great Sun god or Huiracocha who sent him to profess compassion, but he was hit and badly treated and tied to a raft which was left to drift and eventually formed the desaguadero river.

The boats which go to the north part of the island arrive to Challapampa, from there until Chinkana you must walk around 40 minutes, following the north parth and going to the left.

You can find more information here:

Lonely Planet Bolivia (Country Travel Guide)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The island of the Sun in lake Titicaca - part 1

This island is found on the northwest of the Copacabana peninsula. The legend of its origin says that the Sun and Moon took refuge in the Karka or sacred rock, which was the first place to receive the sun rays. The legend says this was the birthplace of the first Incas, Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, children of the Sun and founders of the Inca empire.

Yumani is the main port in the south part of the island, it has a large precolombine stairway which goes from the port to a fountain high in the island. This fountain is made of three springs which many say represent the three laws of the quechuas, Ama sua - don't stea, Ama llulla - don't lie and Ama kella - don't be lazy. You many continue to the small village of Yumani, above the fountain.

The inca palaca of Pilkokayana is below Yumani, the structure once had two floors but only one remain, it is made of several rooms. The palaca seems to contain both Inca and Aymara architectural elements and is preserved enough to be an interesting sightsee.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Sony Ericsson's propietary mobile OS is the leader in Bolivia

Something to analyze.

Bolivia is the only country in the world where most of the people which navigate the web from their mobile do it from Sony Ericsson's propietary OS. Definetely the only country where this is happening, if the data from the study below is correct:

The list provided there is the following:

We found only one country where Sony Ericsson was the leader, Bolivia.
  1. Bolivia, 42.3%
  2. Malaysia, 35.3%
  3. Honduras, 30.9%
  4. Uruguay, 30.6%
  5. Costa Rica, 26.7%
  6. Cambodia, 26.6%
  7. Sri Lanka, 26.2%
  8. Sierra Leone, 26.0%
  9. Belarus, 23.8%
  10. Poland, 22.6%
So 42.3% of the people who navigate the web through a mobile in Bolivia do it through a Sony Ericsson. Being that Bolivia is the only country in the world where this is happening, it is definetly something that makes me think that either Sony is doing something right in Bolivia or it's just plain lucky to be in first place (either really lucky or lucky by a mistake from the study). Either way I don't think it's first place is sustainable since I don't have a single friend who uses a sony ericsson to navigate the web that I am aware of. Nevertheless, I'll be asking people I know that use sony ericsson, what application do you use more that connects to the web?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The oldest Art Gallery in Cochabamba - Gildaro Antezana Art Gallery

Below you can find a map of where to find the oldest Art Gallery in Cochabamba, on the north block of the "14 de Septiembre" main square you can find it. It has a permanent presentation of paintings and sculptures.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Noel Kempff Mercado national bolivian park (part3)

The Huanchaca Plateau is a drained by numerous perennial rivers and streams which merge and form the deadwaters of teh Verde and Paucerna Rivers. Precipitous escarpments, 600 to 1800 feet high, bound the plateau, often crating spectacular wateralls; Arco Iris and the Federico Ahlfeld falls on the Paucerna River are considered to be two of the continent's finest.

The Huanchaca Plateauat sunset, taken from the savannah grasslands looking southeast from Los Fierros.

On it's way to the Rio Itenez, the narrow Paucerna River winds its way through dense towering rainforest. Slowly travelling downstream through this remote and pristine wilderness, one many frequently see Jaguar and Giant otter, an exciting and unforgettable highlights to this unique expedition. The first to discover the Huanchaca Plateau was the legendary British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett.

Fawcett discovered the plateau in 1910 while exploring the Verde River and demarcating the national boundaries for the Bolivian government. It is believed that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous novel The Lost World was based in part on Fawcett's exciting accounts of the Huanchaca Plateau.

A frequent sight along the Itenez, Paucerna, and Verde Rivers are families of Gian Otters and Southern River Otter. These two species are rare and threatened throughout their range.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Noel Kempff Mercado national bolivian park (part2)

So far, over 620 bird species have been identified within the park, which is approximately one-fourth of all birds in the Neotropics. blu-and-yello, Scarlet, Golden-collared and Chestnut fronted Macaws; over 20 species of Parrots; Crimson-bellied Parakeet; Red-necked Aracari; Helmeted Manakin; Curl-crested Jay;Hoatzin and Harpy Eagle are just some of the exciting species found within the park.

Photo below shows a couple of blue and yellow Macaws, one of the seven species of Macaws within the park.

The park is also abundant in fauna; many large mammals are frequently sighted during hikes into the park's savannah and forests or while cruising the extensive river and lagoon systesm. Brazilian Tapir, grey-and-red brocket deer, silvery marmoset, spider and black howler monkey are plentiful. There are also Giant Otter and Capybara.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Noel Kempff Mercado national bolivian park

I mentioned this park in another post some time ago, but didn't give myself the time to look for some info. I've been to this park many years ago and I can absolutely support the fact that it must be either the or one of the most beautiful parks that Bolivia has.

Our park is found at the very heart of South America and allows a unique access to rainforest, seasonal flooded savannah, Brazilian cerrado, gallery forest, thorn scrum, humid forests and marshes similar to the Pantanal formation in Brazil. the mesa-like lnadscape of the Huanchcaca Plateau (see in the photograph below), the spectacular Arco iris, Ahfeld and El Encanto Falls; the virigin rainforests of the Paucerna river, and the extensive black water bays an lagoons of the Itenez river provide a breathtaking backdrop to one of South America's premier wildlife locations.