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BOLIVIA

"Bolivia is often referred to as the Nepal of South America. The country has close to a thousand peaks over 5,000m and matches anything the Himalayas has to offer in the way of climbing and trekking. Though Bolivia is thought of as an Andean country, most of it is tropical lowlands – a vast, unexplored green carpet stretching east from the Andes to the Brazilian border. And aside from this majestic scenery, the ancient Andean culture and tradition are still very much in intact today. Bolivia boasts the largest indigenous population in all of South America."

"Cochabamba deserves its unofficial title of ‘City of Eternal Spring’. Set in a bowl of rolling hills at a comfortable altitude, its inhabitants enjoy a wonderfully warm, dry and sunny climate with an average temperature of 18 degrees C. Its parks and plazas are a riot of color – from the striking purple of the bougainvillea to the subtler tones of jasmine, magnolia and jacaranda."

Though much new building is taking place throughout this city of nearly 600,000, the center retains a colonial character. There are many fine churches and streets lined with old colonial houses with overhanging eaves, balconies, wrought-iron windows and cool patios behind huge carved wood doors. There are also wide ranges of colorful markets, which only add to the feeling that Cochabamba is more of an overgrown village than a modern urban center.

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