Their stunning exotic looks are combined with modest and lovely personalities.Many women in urban Bolivia obtain education and they are now emerging as business people and community leaders.Their bodies can be best compared to a can of Coke.This look doesn’t do the Bolivian men so bad, who seem to have an Erik Estrada look going.These fiestas can bring several neighbouring communities together, and revelers spend up to three days dancing, playing music, giving offerings to the Pachamama and, no less importantly, pairing up.Carnival (celebrated in February) and Todos Santos (All Saints, held in November) are two such occasions in which bachelors and bachelorettes wear their finest clothes, and come together amidst alcohol and ceremonially-sanctioned euphoria. Henry Stobart recounts how an evening of ‘singing and dancing from house to house during All Saints later transformed into a sexual frenzy on the hillsides’. Bolivia is named after Simón Bolívar, a leader in the nineteenth-century wars of independence against Spain.The national culture is an amalgam of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic elements with three cultural traditions: (1) Quechua/ Aymara (roughly 34 percent and 23 percent of the population, respectively), centered in the high-altitude plateau and valley mountain regions (highlands) and corresponding to the two (Quechua- and Aymara-speaking) traditions that existed before the Spanish conquest of the sixteenth century; this "Andean" tradition extends from southern Colombia to northern Chile and Argentina and roughly corresponds to the boundaries of the Incan Empire, whose capital was Cuzco, Peru; (2) Spanish or Hispanic (roughly 87 percent of the population), derived from the cultural heritage of the conquering Spaniards; and (3) several dozen small Amazonian ethnic groups in the eastern lowlands. At 424,162 square miles (1,098,581 square kilometers), Bolivia is the fifth largest country in South America.
After this rite of passage, the individual is afforded a different status which affects their affairs, on a social and practical level.The sparsely populated Oriente—swamp, grasslands, plains, and tropical and subtropical forest—constitutes over 70 percent of the country. Historically, Bolivia has been predominantly rural, with most of its Quechua- and Aymara-speaking peasants living in highland communities.The 1992 census confirmed that 80 percent of the people live in the highlands and noted increasing rural to urban migration.Come Together But how do couples find each other in the first place?Large celebrations are organised at key points during the year, in line with the agricultural cycle.Do not come here unless there is something specific you want to see, like the Potosi mine or the spectacular Salar de Uyuni.