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My first visit to La Paz in Bolivia

La Paz Bolivia urban life

I met the Bolivian side of my family for the first time in my life when I went to visit La Paz in (2011). Our encounter was very unique. My Bolivian family members and I both spoke in Spanish, but with different accents (I speak with a Dominican accent). It was very funny.

Anyways, below are some pictures from that first trip about 8-9 years ago. If you like them, write a comment below. Also, follow me on social media @cocotucafe for more pictures of my travels to Bolivia and Latin America.

Basilica de San Francisco
Basilica de San Francisco
Working woman in La Paz
Working woman in La Paz

While I was walking in La Paz city center, this lady and her colorful uniform grabbed my attention. She was into something.

Evo narco wall sign
Evo narco wall sign

Many were in favor of Evo, but others clearly did not like him.

Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia
Restaurant menu La Paz, Bolivia

Beers, cervezas, chelas were mainly served in the big bottles instead of the regular 8oz we are used to in other countries. Huari is my favorite.

Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Cocotu at Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia
Grandmother's picture cemetery in La Paz
Grandmother’s picture cemetery in La Paz

Abuela I never met. Rest in Peace.

Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia
Uncle Rolo visiting cemetery La Paz, Bolivia

Cool uncle Rolo hung out with me. We walked together everywhere.

"Cholita" street vendor La Paz, Bolivia
“Cholita” street vendor La Paz, Bolivia

These ladies are brave and hard workers. Don’t mess with Cholitas in Bolivia!

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La Paz Bolivia Pictures for Inspiration

Illimani mountain La Paz Bolivia

Check out these pictures of La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz in Bolivia is officially known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Spanish), English: ‘Our Lady of Peace’, also known as Chuqi Yapu (Chuquiago) in Aymara, it is the seat of government and the de facto national capital of Bolivia’s Plurinational State (Bolivia’s constitutional capital is Sucre).

With an estimated 789,541 inhabitants in 2015, La Paz is the third most populous city in Bolivia (after Santa Cruz da Serra and El Alto). Its metropolitan area, consisting of La Paz, El Alto and Viacha, is Bolivia’s most populous urban area with a population of 2.3 million. It is also the capital of the La Paz department.

These La Paz Bolivia pictures will inspire you to visit Bolivia.

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Reasons to visit Bolivia | Amazing pictures of Bolivia

Bus in Bolivia crossing Lake Titicaca

There are many reasons to visit Bolivia. This is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. At more than 3,500m, its administrative capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. Nearby is glass-smooth Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, straddling the border with Peru.

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Bolivian Coffee Latin America Coffee and Brief History

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La Paz, Bolivia Cocotu Latin America Bolivian Coffee
La Paz, Bolivia by cocotu.com

A population of just more than 11 million and covering around 425,000 square miles of land, Bolivia is one of the more sparsely populated countries in South America. There are wide open spaces throughout, expanding this way and that way as far as the eye can see in every direction, making Bolivia a spot ideal for those tourists who want to reconnect with nature and get a better idea of just what South America can be like in its most natural form. The country is landlocked, surrounded by other South American nations on all sides, and the Bolivian population is more than 70% Mestizo. Bolivian coffee is one of the most underestimated coffee from Latin America.

There are dramatic shifts in the climate of Bolivia from one region to the next. In the western Andes, the climate can reach polar lows, while in the lower-altitude areas, the summers hit extreme temperature highs, a humid tropical climate throughout the areas that catch the winds of the Amazon rain forest. There are deserts, there are subtropical semi-arid areas, and there are desert-polar areas with winds that blow cold and strong. Discover the diversity that is endemic to Bolivia, the diversity that has afforded the plant and fauna in the country to boom into an endless number of varieties.

copacabana crossing on boat
copacabana crossing on boat

It was not until the late 19th century that coffee production really caught on in Bolivia. When it did catch on, however, it caught like a raging fire among dry kindling. There are now thriving coffee industries all around the cities of Bolivia, including La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, and El Beni, and the Yungas have become recognized for the outstanding quality of their beans. By 1908, Bolivia was producing 1.5 million pounds of coffee, exporting all around the world.

When the Aymara people first came to Bolivia around 2,000 years ago, they developed gradually into a powerful, influential civilization, and while estimates vary, some historians have recently suggested that they may have overseen an empire of more than 1.4 million people at their height. It was the Incas, through, who truly built up the area, overtaking the region from the 15th to the 16th centuries, when Francisco Pizarro, Diego de Almagro, and Hernando de Luque conquered what is today the entire western coast of South America stretching into what is today Bolivia.

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Yungas, Bolivia by cocotu.com

Most tourists come to Bolivia not for one thing but for multiple things. While La Paz offers all the comforts of a modern city, it is the natural sights that define Bolivia more in addition to its commitment to preserving its indigenous cultures, represented in the recognition of 36 indigenous languages with co-official status alongside Spanish. Take in the sights, witness the history, taste the coffee out of Yungas: this is all part of the Bolivian experience.

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Bolivia Coffee Farm in Coroico

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In the height altitude of Bolivia the shade of the siquilis; This Bolivia coffee farm characteristic trees of the place that shelter coffee plantations. Its height and size of leaves provide great shade to the coffee trees. Also, the irrigation these coffee grains obtain is from the ice melting of the Illimani and the Mururata mountains. These mountains create several water streams that arrive at the coffee plantation zone. Therefore, this product becomes to be completely pure, natural and organic.

Cocotu Latin America coffee Bolivian mountains
Cocotu Latin America coffee Bolivian mountains

Another portion of this Bolivia coffee farm coffee from the NOR YUNGAS, in Taipiplaya. This area specializes in amazing coffee crops. This zone is located above the thousand meters of elevation, and has coffee crops planted in great extensions. The type of grain is Arabica 100%. Here in this region is where around 300 families live every day of the cultivation of coffee and its derivatives.

Bolivia Coffee Farm in Coroico
Bolivia Coffee Farm in Coroico