This land of colorful cultures and stunning landscapes offers the curious visitor and student an unending stream of extraordinary things. From a fantastic archeological record to llama fetuses in the Witch s Market, from the coca story to the hemisphere s first indigenous president, the history and cultures of Bolivia is an eye-opening experience.
But behind its breathtaking scenery and welcoming culture lies a more complex country facing serious political instability and environmental threat. Bolivia in Focus helps the traveler who aspires to be well-informed to understand the wider picture and build up an overall knowledge of the country. It also gives the reader a thought-provoking introduction to the sources of tension in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, and the people s struggle for social justice that has been missing since the arrival of colonialism five hundred years ago.
Bolivia in Focus is an authoritative and up-to-date guide to this captivating country. It explores the land and people, history, economy, politics, society, culture and religion, and includes the author s tips on must-see landmarks and historical sites and how to get the most out of a brief visit.