Día del Mar – Bolivia Commemorates the War of the Pacific

One of Bolivia’s important days of commemoration is Día del Mar. During this ‘Day of the Sea,’ the country remembers the War of the Pacific in 1879, during which Bolivia lost its access to the Pacific Ocean. In La Paz the occasion includes a daylong parade of military units, government departments and youth bands.

It’s a parade worth watching.

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Typical Foods in Bolivia – Staples and Popular Snacks & Dishes

Bolivia food, a deep fried pastel

The Bolivian cuisine is not as diverse as its landscape (but then, Bolivia’s variety in landscapes is hard to match). Even though there are regional variations between the lowlands and Andes Mountains, traditional Bolivian meals are mainly a result of versatility in the use of the country’s staple food of potatoes, corn and rice.

Let’s take a closer look.

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El Cafetal’s Coffee Plantation

Bolivia is one of the world’s producers of Arabica coffee. While the Yungas (north of La Paz) is Bolivia’s traditional and principal coffee-growing​ region, the country’s largest exporter is situated in the department of Santa Cruz – in Buena Vista, to be exact.

A friend suggested visiting a coffee plantation-cum-factory and, of course, to taste some high-quality, organic coffee.

We were on our way to Hacienda El Cafetal.

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Making the World a Better Place – An Animal Rescue Center

Just outside Guayaramerím, in northeast Bolivia, we stumbled upon Ituaba Eco Hotel, a hotel-cum-animal-refuge-center-cum-recreation park.

During our visit the animal refuge center was home to two blue-and-gold and two scarlet macaws, two toucans, two ocelots (medium-sized wild cats), wild boars, a young tapir and a couple of emus.

Can we stop hunting and trafficking them, please?

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An Act of Kindness (Day 6): Pointing Out a Short-Cut

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”
~George Harrison

In the Jesuit Mission of Santa Ana we take a look at the map and conclude we will have to return to the mission of San Rafael in order to be able to reach San Miguel. While we are discussing this, Flora, the caretaker of Santa Ana’s Jesuit Mission, chimes in and says there is another road.

It is a short cut.

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