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Location - South America; Capital - La Paz; Population - 10 million; Currency - Boliviano

I arrived in Potosi from the Argentina border in January 1998.


bolnoteThe Bolivian currency - the country and currency are named after Simon Bolivar (see Venezuela for more info)










bol1At an altitude of 4070 metres, Potosi is said to be the highest city in the World



bol2Preparing to dynamite - inside the silver mines of Potosi





bol3The Potosi miners' ritual - pour 95% alcohol around the devil to thank Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and take a swig yourself


















bol410 November Plaza, Potosi

















bol5Site of Bolivia's declaration of independence on 6 August 1825, Sucre





bol625 May Plaza, Sucre



bol7The San Francisco Church at La Paz















bol8Children at the Perez Velasco Plaza in La Paz
















bol11The oldest shoeshine boy in town - Perez Velasco Plaza, La Paz



bol12Photographers at Alonzo de Mendoza Plaza, La Paz (altitude - 3900 metres)



bol14The beautiful countryside surrounding Sorata















bol15Taking the pigs for a walk in Sorata
















bol16At 3850 metres, the stunning Lake Titicaca, Copacabana



bol18An Aymaran festival comes to town - the Fiesta de la Virgen de Copacabana in Copacabana



bol19 Copacabana Cathedral is the backdrop to the Fiesta
















bol17Copacabana, a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca















bol21Fantastic colours and costumes in Copacabana



bol20By mid-afternoon most of the men in Copacabana were completely drunk, which was reflected in their ability to play music..



bol22Getting ready for the Fiesta in Copacabana

















bol23The lovely Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca with views of Isla del Luna and Illampu & Ancohuma mountains



bol25The village of Yumani on Isla del Sol



bol24Lake Titicaca from Isla del Sol
















bol26Arriving at Cha'lla village on Isla del Sol















bol27A llama at Cha'lla village, Isla del Sol



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