Twenty reasons for adding Bolivia to your expat visiting list – and maybe sticking around for a while!

Bolivia is a culturally diverse, geographically unique and strange in so many other ways that it’s hard to find another place/country quite like it. And this statement is coming from a ‘serial expat’, a traveling mother of third-culture children, a trailing spouse married into the US Foreign Service, and a Latina-born woman.

Bolivia is the country where the Spanish left their living legacy, where ancient cultures still co-exist with modern habits and traditions; a place where the Spanish language is mixed with the neighboring Portuguese [or Portunol, for that matter!] and the visiting English, sprinkled by the native dialects [like Ayamara and Quechua]. Bolivia share cultures with the world and within itself. It’s definitely a ‘Plurinational’ country, and will likely remain that way – people come here, they struggle with the high altitude, they suffer with the constant lack of oxygen, and with no doubt, end up falling in love with its people, its colors, and its blend of climates due in part to its long-standing isolation from the world.

The diversity of Bolivia’s topography and landscapes is not its only marking feature: the Bolivian people display an unpaired psyche and the lifestyles they lead.

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From the ExpatsBlog team of editors: “After our hugely successful Expat Blog Awards 2012 last year, we thought we’d take a different spin on this year’s awards! Realising that last year’s scenario would be unfair to recently-joined newer bloggers, we’ve decided to combine the Expat Blog Awards 2013 with a big expat writing contest!
                                           

Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !

Expat Blog Awards 2013 Contest Entry That said, here’s my pitch… If this blogpost here makes you a bit curious… hop over to ExpatBlogs and check out a list especially prepared for this year’s writing contest: Suggestions on why expats should add Bolivia to their visiting list… they’ll be so in love that may want to stick around for a while! And remember: your great comment will help this blog go for Gold… two years in a row… why not? 😮

Bolivia is a culturally diverse, geographically unique and strange in so many other ways that it’s hard to find another place/country quite like it. And this statement is coming from a ‘serial expat’, a traveling mother of third-culture children, a trailing spouse married into the US Foreign Service, and a Latina-born woman.

Hummm… need more examples of the colors and textures? Take a look:

The worldly recognized, the Andean rugs…

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Also, here one may enjoy the  typical “salteñas“, recipes borrowed long ago from neighboring Argentina

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Craving for more? Let’s go on a quick trip towards this unique place on earth!

What you may find in Bolivia? Take a look at these images, and don’t forget: go visit the Expat Blogs and share your wonderful comment about this travel blog! [Thank you!!!]

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Madre Luna, from the Moon Valley

What looks like a carpet of stalagmites canvassing a desert, Valle de la Luna, or “Valley of the Moon” is what is left of a mountain composed of clay and sandstone that has been battered by strong winds and time.

Here are more images of this unique country… looking for a bit more explanation? Check the full text prepared for this year’s contest [shameless, right? :o]

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Mountain biking trip
Mountain biking trip

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Cotapata Park, Bolivia
Cotapata Park, Bolivia

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Aguayo

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Laguna Verde [‘Green Lagoon’]

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Singani in Tarija

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Pre-Inca Ruins
Pre-Inca Ruins
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The Table of Sacrifices

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Immerse into the local culture and traditions

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Español: Alumnos del Colegio Padre Luis Gallar...
[Photo credit: Wikipedia.com]
 

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The famous “trufi”!

 

Connect with the past, experience the present and look into the future… Bolivia offers it all! ♥

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Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !

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Author: 3rdCultureChildren

Welcome! Here I am, 'releasing' my thoughts on traveling, parenting, raising TCKs, teaching, writing, working... and who knows what else! I’m a WIFE, 'geeky-stuff' SCIENTIST, TEACHER, AUTHOR, (aspiring) AMATEUR photographer, MOM of 3, TRAVELER by choice and by marriage, and of course, a HOUSEHOLD QUEEN!!

19 thoughts on “Twenty reasons for adding Bolivia to your expat visiting list – and maybe sticking around for a while!”

  1. Honestly, being an expats to a different culture was really hard. You have to join other people culture and tradition but on the other side of the note, as time goes by, I learn how to develop myself being humanitarian by helping them.

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  2. You convinced me with this post, specially after watching the Laguna Verde photo. Now I want to travel to Bolivia, and actually I’m planning my trip with a friend. Any suggestions?
    Kind greetings,
    Marianne

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  3. I checked out the \blog contest and then came here and it is even better with photos! I left a link on my blog post Tourist in Your Own Town… so others will come see you too. This month’s theme is holidays on my Tourist Challenge. Yours isn’t related to celebrations, but certainly you are a tourist in your own town! Maybe you can show us what Bolivia does for the Christmas/Holiday season. too 🙂
    http://canadiantravelbugs.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/tourist-in-your-own-town-holidays-2/

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    1. Thank you so very much! Unfortunately, the posts/articles for the contest would not support images… once it’s over, i’ll update this post here with the text and images… that said, my ‘story’ will make way more sense.. And regarding your suggestion, I’ll definitely have a post on holidays in Bolivia, with images… did one last year, and one of my favorite findings was on ‘underwear for the New Year’… 😮 here in La Paz, it’s customary to have yellow and red underwear for sale right before the New Year… for good luck, success and money!!! Thanks for the link!

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      1. They do the same here in China for Chinese New Year, which is like our Christmas. They also wear/buy new clothes and underwear in red and yellow. Hmmm maybe there is something in that since 2 very different cultures do it 😉
        Looking forward to your post for the Tourist in Your Own Town Challenge.

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  4. These shots are amazing and so rich with culture and its people. I love them! Definitely worth visiting I love the mountain bicycle shot, the ziplining, and the landscapes. So cool. Great post.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words… this post is part of a much larger expat project, having people share their experiences, stories and tales… Once it goes fully ‘live’, will updated you… in the meantime, thanks for stopping by our travelblog and sharing your comments! Much appreciated… 😮

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