BOLIVIA: SURREALIST, UNIQUE, OVERWHELMING, AUTHENTIC, DIVERSE...
Bolivia is a pleasant surprise for everyone visiting it and sometimes even for the same Bolivians traveling through the country. It’s vibrant culture reflects a rich millenary heritage structured now as an extraordinary and heterogeneous society. Although leaders -in the past thousands years, history -sometimes too hard for some- has relegated Bolivia to remain stagnant in the past, but if we can convert certain defeats in triumph, Bolivia has kept the magic of the past, combined with the necessary comfort of modern times. It is difficult to describe or interpreter Bolivia within a western rational pattern; its surrealism is perhaps shaped in Garcia Marquez´s novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, where different time frames meet in one second, where time and space have a different concept.
La Paz –as in the novel-is a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. The Government seat of Bolivia and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets.
Lake Titicaca –one of the wonders of Bolivia- emerges from blue sapphire waters, surrounded by the Royal Range of the Andes; the “Sacred Lake of the Incas” has been always one of the most important life sources of the Andes, impelling the development of many ancestral cultures. The indigenous communities live close to Mother Nature, without challenging or hurting her. The Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca is a promise to the future and a joy for everybody who explores its sacred waters and its hidden treasures, such as the mythical Sun & Moon Islands, the Urus -Iruitos Floating Islands, inhabited by this authentic pre Aymara Nation, possible to be visited thanks to fast and safe Hydrofoils and 2 unique hotels at un Island and Huatajata.
Tiwanaku (1580BC–1050 AD) are the magnificent ruins of Bolivia and the cradle of the American civilization. The Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana are the sample of a glorious past.
The other impressive wonder of Bolivia is the otherworldly “Uyuni Salt Flats”, -the largest on Earth- comprising miles and miles of dazzling white nothingness. Active volcanoes, hot springs and a palette of colour-splashed lakes populated by hardy flamingos punctuate these landscapes of blindingly bright salt plains and stunning deserts…The sound of silence makes the heart beat faster and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt will make you feel that there is no place like this in the whole world.
With impressive landscapes; motion and colours; a pristine environment, kind people, healthy, fresh and delicious cuisine, Bolivia is a rainbow of cultures and ethnical groups now looking for their own destiny, but without losing their traditions, Cosmo- Visions and identity. Bolivia is an emerging country, willing to be known and understood by the whole world.
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