Crossing into Bolivia!

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Entering Bolivia!

Fast Facts:

Bolivia is a land locked country bordered by Brasil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru!

Language: national language is Spanish but Quechua and Aymara is also spoken here.

Population: 9,120,000

Capitol: Bolivia has two capitols- Sucre is the constitutional capitol and remains the seat of it's Supreme Court... but La Paz is the administrative capitol. (Please don't ask me what that means... because I don't have a clue!!!)

Currency: Boliviano and the current exchange rate is approximately 7 Boliviano's to the US dollar.

There are three branches of military in Bolivia: Army, Navy and Air Force. The legal admissions age is said to be 18 but it is estimated that 20% of the Bolivian Army is comprised of kids between the ages of 14 and 16 with an additional 20% between 16 and 18.

Bolivia is one of South America's least developed nations and it is estimated that over 2/3 of the population lives in poverty.

I am looking forward to visiting the jungles of Bolivia. Although I am not looking forward to the mosquito bites! I also can not wait to see the famous salt flats in the south west of Bolivia.

Border crossing:
This was the easiest border crossing yet!!! I was a bit concerned because Americans have to get a visa upon entry- and I heard that it could be a bit time consuming... but it was just like "stamp" "stamp" "stamp" and off I went to Copacabana in Bolivia... and here I am!

Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol

I know the name is funny... but once you get past all of the giggling and laughing- this lake is really impressive! Sitting high up at 12,500 feet, Lake Titicaca is one of the highest navigable lakes in the world- and it's volume of water is the largest in South America.

This place is quite gorgeous, although a bit "touristy" for my liking. It is still great fun to be here- and I spent a couple of days visiting Isla del Sol- which is where the Inca's believed was the birth place of the sun.

I had a wonderful time on Isla del Sol. I went with a group of friends- and on the second day we were planning to do this long hike... but in the morning over breakfast we made a group decision to forget the hike... be lazy, and play card games all day! What fun!
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