Bolivia Natural Environment

Geography of Bolivia 

Bolivia , with a total area of 1.1 million sq km (425,000 sq miles) is a landlocked country.  It shares borders with Peru to the northwest, Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay to the southeast and south, Argentina to the south and Chile to the west.   

 

Geographically, the country can be divided into three regions.  The high plateau region known as the ‘Altiplano' is a largely barren but populous region at an altitude of 4,000m (13,000ft) above sea level; it makes up about 10% of the country’s land area and 70% oits population.

Then there is the fertile valley situated at 1,800m (5,900ft) to 2,700m (8,850ft) above sea level, which is less populous and takes up 20% of the land.  The third region is the tropical lowlands that extend to the Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay borders, where the tropical climate and heavy rainfall yield lush vegetation; it takes up 70% of the land area..  The capital city is La Paz, which is at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 ft) above sea level, being the highest capital in the world.

Last edited Dec 3, 08 7:28 AM. Contributors: Contributors: Andrew W.
Bolivia Climate 

The climate varies in the three geographical regions, with the high plateau of Altiplano being temperate and even cold at times, the valleys being semitropical and semiarid, and the lowlands being tropical and humid with hot weather and heavy rainfalls.

Last edited Dec 3, 08 7:28 AM. Contributors: Contributors: Andrew W.
Sucre, South-Central Bolivia, Bolivia
Travel from La Paz (El Alto airport) by plane. No local radar available, flight get cancelled with cloudy weather. Busses from Sucro to Potosi or Cochabamba.
Good tip?
(0)
Coroico, La Paz & Surrounding Region, Bolivia
If you like good doze of adrenaline and bike is not your enemy - downhill to Coroico is a must! With good weather it's a big WHOW. TIP! If you are a big man (XXL), as I am, take with you your own waterproof outfit (pants and jacket) and be prepare to take a load of mud on it. Companies which organizing downhills providing this kind of outfit but bolivian size XXL is more L then X. :)
Good tip?
(0)
Bradt Travel Guides
$22.95