Ready for even more interesting facts about Bolivia? We’ve saved the best for last so without further ado here are more incredible facts about Bolivia! So sit just back and continue to be amazed!
Bolivia has two voting ages 18 if your married and 21 if you’re single!
Girl power! Lidia Gueiler Tejada was the first female president of Bolivia! She served an interim capacity from 1979 – 1980.
Bolivia, as of 2009 has two national flags, (the first one can be seen in the header of this website) and the second one above is called the Wiphala flag.
Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar a leader from the Spanish American Wars of Independence, the name became official in 1825.
Bolivia is a landlocked country, meaning, it borders on all sides with countries such as; Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Peru.
Weird….But Interesting Facts About Bolivia!
One of the few places in the world where you can mine Ametrine (also known as bolivianita, Trystine, and Golden Amethyst) a precious stone that is purplish and yellowish in color is in Bolivia. It’s is believed to open the third eye and have healing powers for all kinds of diseases. Ametrine is often used for stress-relief so if you suffer from stress (and who doesn’t) be sure to put this healing stone in your pocket, car, office, or give it as a gift to your stressed out friend.
About 80% of the Bolivian population is Roman Catholic; while spiritual traditions and Pre-Christian beliefs are still practiced among the indigenous population most of these traditions are parallel to the Catholic religion. Read more about the Bolivia religion here.
With an elevation of 12,507 feet above sea level, Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake!
In the Andes Mountains some people live in houses that are over 10,000 feet in the air, that’s as high as some planes fly, imagine opening your front door and having a cloud float inside!
The world’s largest iron mine the “Cerro Mutun” is located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Bolivia is the #1 country in the world for certified tropical forests, also its ranks within the top 5 exporters of certified tropical wood.
Bolivia ranks within the top 10 exporters of cacao and organic coffee, and also produces 70% of the planets so called “Brazil nuts”.
There are over 30 official languages in Bolivia, (Spanish being the dominate language, of course) and about 36 native cultures.
Bolivia is one of the wettest countries in the world, it gets over 16 feet of rain every year!
This one really freaked me out, in Bolivia the Amazon dolphins are pink! The reason there this color is not yet known although some speculate that it has to do with the dolphin’s age, temperature and chemical disposition of the water, and blood vessel near the surfaces of the dolphin’s skin. Also their unfused neck vertebrae allows them to turn heads 90°! Legend has it that these dolphin’s at midnight turn into sexy men that seduce innocent girls, and after impregnating them they return to the river were they once again become dolphin’s .…….Freaky!
Last but not least the capital of Bolivia is NOT La Paz it’s…Sucre!