By Vivien Lougheed

A rustic with a smorgasbord of landscapes, Bolivia is a distinct vacation spot. Tropical jungles within the Amazon Basin fall down to appealing deserts within the altiplano. The Andes, with 4 of the world's maximum peaks, supply the superior mountain climbing, mountaineering and caving in the world. Water covers 14 in step with cent of the country's territory, together with wonderful Lake Titicaca, the top navigable lake on the planet. all through, Bolivia is sprinkled with ruins of pre-Inca civilizations ripe for exploration. right here, Vivien Lougheed stocks her ardour for Bolivia, telling you concerning the heritage, geography, panorama, hidden treasures and best highlights. finished heritage details - heritage, tradition, geography and weather - supplies a fantastic wisdom of every vacation spot and its humans. nearby chapters take you on an introductory travel, with stops at museums, old websites and native sights. locations to stick and consume; transportation to, from and round your vacation spot; useful issues; tourism contacts - it is all the following! unique nearby and city maps function strolling and riding excursions. Then come the adventures - fishing, canoeing, mountain climbing, rafting, llama journeys and extra. by no means galloped alongside a seashore on horseback, trekked up a mountain, explored historic websites? "Adventure publications" contain broad lists of advised clothes shops, with all touch info - email, web site, mobile quantity and site.

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When you spot one, keep still and it may come closer. Vezcachas are rabbit-like rodents that jump. They have long fuzzy tails and live in colonies among the rocks located near streams. Related to the chinchilla, these animals can usually be spotted at sunrise or sunset. The Andean bear is a rare and endangered animal that lives near the tree line. At one time, it was hunted for meat and fat as it was believed that this food cured diseases. The puma is a night hunter and is rarely spotted. Also called the mountain lion, cougar or panther, it is a bit smaller than the jaguar.

The only legal market in Bolivia for the distribution of the coca plant is in Villa Fatima in the Yungas. Each week, enough leaves pass through the market to make a ton of cocaine. However, the only purchasers are registered retailers who take the coca to other areas of the country to be sold for cultural ceremonies and chewing. One of the reasons farmers in the Yungas are permitted to grow coca is that they still use traditional ways to plant, fertilize and harvest the leaf so there is little environmental damage.

The Supreme Court has five justices for criminal law and five for civil. The military consists of an army with about 25,000 men and 36 light tanks, a navy of 3,500 men (1,700 of these are in the marines) and an air force of 3,000 men, with 37 combat aircraft and 16 armed helicopters. The air force was first established in 1923 with 4,000 men. There is conscription for men at the age of 19 and the men must serve for 12 months. The army looks after six regions in the country and the navy patrols Lake Titikaka and the Beni, Bolivia and Paraguay rivers.

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