Background: Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. Current goals include attracting foreign investment, strengthening the educational system, resolving disputes with coca growers over Bolivia's counterdrug efforts, and waging an anticorruption campaign.
Blogs from Cochabamba
Latest Blogs from Cochabamba
- April 26th 2013 trip to GAlapagos
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- January 30th 2013 Bolivian family vacation
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- December 24th 2012 Christmas in Bolivia
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- December 22nd 2012 “The party has arrived”
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- December 21st 2012 Day 20: The end of the world
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- December 21st 2012 Summing up the journey.
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- December 15th 2012 Bolivians can drink… A LOT!
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- December 9th 2012 Christmas during summer...
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- December 1st 2012 the car
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- December 1st 2012 Living a miner's life
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- November 29th 2012 pre-trip
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- November 26th 2012 Goodbye Peru, Hello Bolivia
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- November 24th 2012 Gringa car babes!
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- November 22nd 2012 Women beating each other up and other craziness in La Paz!
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- November 12th 2012 Oh Bolivia, always surprising me!
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- November 3rd 2012 Nothing goes smoothly in Bolivia
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- October 25th 2012 Visiting the tallest Cristo in the world!
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- October 23rd 2012 How I almost melted in the jungle
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- October 14th 2012 My new addiction in Bolivia
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- October 5th 2012 How I learned the Spanish word for egg (huevo)
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