Many of the rainforests in South America are disappearing as poor farmers cut down trees for farmland. It’s hard to blame them because they need to feed their families; yet saving the rainforests is important to preserve the animals and plants that live there.
Bolivia is a very poor country and most of the people here are farmers. Yet, they’re looking for smart ways to save their rainforests. The country sold some of its land to a conservation group and recently created another national park. The country and the people are looking for other ways to earn a living besides farming. Tourism is becoming an important industry. People want to come to look at the birds and animals living in the rainforest.
Fun Facts About Bolivia for Kids
- 11,215,674 people live in Bolivia (data August 2018)
- Evo Morales is the current President of Bolivia (data 2018)
- Bolivia has 424,164 square miles.
- Bolivia became independent from Spain back in 1825.
- Bolivia has two capital cities which is unusual, they are La Paz and Sucre.
- People speak Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara, native Indian languages in Bolivia.
- Most people are Roman Catholic.
- People in Bolivia can expect to live to be 71.5 years old.
- 92.5 percent of adults can read.
- At 6,542 m Nevado Sajama is the highest mountain in Boliva. It is also an extinct volcano.
- At 2,020 miles (3,250 km) the Madeira river is the longest river in Bolivia.
- Bolivia is a landlocked country in South American, meaning it has no coastline. The countries bordering Bolivia are: Argentina – Chile – Brazil – Peru and Paraguay.
- Bolivia use the Bolivian boliviano as their currency.
- Santa Cruz is home one of the world’s largest butterfly sanctuaries spanning over 46 acres.
- You may have heard about the Ice Hotel in Sweden, but how about a hotel made completely of salt blocks? Hotel Luna Salad in Uyuni is exactly that, built completely with salt blocks and so is the furniture – very unique.
- It is one of the wettest countries in the world.
- The country is full of wonderful wildlife such as: Alpaca, Giant Otter, Jaguars, River Dolphins, Spectacled Bear and much more.
- Preserve: save
- Conservation: saving and caring for natural resources
- Tourism: the industry of bringing people to visit a country
All About Bolivia Video for Kids
Here’s a great video for kids on Bolivia:
Question: What is life like for children in Bolivia?
Answer: Life in Bolivia is hard for all ages, including children. Children do not have rights and can be beaten by parents, teachers and other adults. Many children go to work at a young age to help their family.
Map of Bolivia
Here’s a map of the country of Bolivia and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Bolivia! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Bolivia, as though you are actually there!
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