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Bolivia is a county of diversity in geographical zones and climates ranging from high mountains to low lying jungles. These photos show the diversity and colour of the capital La Paz and the area around it
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Photo 1. The antiplano is area where most of the people live. Copacabana, on the shore of Lake Titicaca, is a colourful town which has a Moorish style Cathedral whose white building stands out from the blue sky.
Photo 2. The antiplano is a large dry plateau with large lakes that provide a contrasting splash of colour in the dry puna vegetation. This photograph was taken from Isle del Sol (Island of the sun) on Lake Titicaca.
Photo 3. The traditional boats on Lake Titicaca are build from reeds. The boat builder compacts the reeds into floats with a large stone.
Photo 4. Fish is an important part of the diet and Lake Titicaca is dotted with colourful fishing boats.
Photo 5. Potatoes and beans are also an important part of the diet. A variety of the types found are displayed on a locally woven blanket.
Photo 6. Llamas provide both a method of transportation in high mountainous areas as well as source of food and fibre. These lamas were waiting to be loaded, their large gentle eyes and elegant posture captivated me.
Photo 7. The area is also culturally rich. Tiahuanaco was a ceremonial centre that prospered over 1000 years ago and became the religious and political centre of the Alto Peruvian Altiplano. The walls of the ruins include large stone carvings of faces.
Photo 8. Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) and Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon) found in Lake Titicaca have traces of the Inca culture. This acurately constructed stone wall is found on Isla de la Luna.
Photo 9. The range of mountains called Corderilla Real is close to the capital La Paz. The beauty of the Huanya Potosi mountain (6088m) is contrasted by graveyards of miners killed in mines in the area.
Photo 10. La Paz at 3632m has the highest international airport in the world at an altitude of 4018m, so you really feel the effects of alititude when you fly in. Walking around the hilly streets have you gasping for breath.
Photo 11. The modern and the traditional can all be found in the city. The witches market sells merchandise for folk remedies. These dried Llama foetus are bought to bring good luck when they are buried beneath the cornerstone of the house you are building.
Photo 12. The cathedral at Plaza Murillo in La Paz is an impressive building, with large grey domes above stone walls. In the centre of the plaza is a statue of an early president.
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