Rurrenabaque is a small town in the North of Bolivia on the Beni River. It is the capital of Rurrenabaque Municipality. In recent years it has become popular with international tourism as it is an easy gateway for visits to Madidi National Park, as well as the surrounding pampas. Locals refer to the town by its shortened nickname, "Rurre." Rurrenabaque is located in José Ballivián Province in Bolivia. Rurrenabaque Municipality, the fourth of José Ballivián Province, had 19,195 inhabitants, of which 13,446 lived in urban Rurrenabaque itself in 2012. Rurrenabaque is reached by 410 km from La Paz, by hired taxi or by airplane. Three airlines have flights to Rurrenabaque: Aerocon and TAM - Transporte Aéreo Militar; the buses from La Paz pass through 70 km from La Paz. A new road on this route opened at the end of 2006, decreasing most motorized traffic on the older, more dangerous'Death Road,' now popular for mountain bike tours. The'Death Road' is called the Yungas Road. Rurrenabaque Airport was paved in 2010.
Low clouds over nearby mountains can prevent planes from landing. A nearby airport can be used, Reyes Airport, 32 kilometres and about one hour by bus. There are no mountains near Reyes, the airport has better weather and fewer low clouds. Reyes is the capital of José Ballivián Province in the Beni Department. Rurrenabaque lies on the east bank of the Beni River, it is expected that a bridge will be built over the river to connect with the town San Buenaventura on the west bank. The planned bridge is a part of a regional road project, promoted as a way to improve the economic relationship between the two towns, described as stunted because of limited and expensive transport by boat. An argument in favor of the proposed bridge is that the shallows and strong currents at the San Buenaventura section limit the types of boats and motors capable of crossing the stretch of river, representing an investment beyond the means of most individual Bolivian families; as of 2017, the bridge had not yet been built.
A possible reason for the delay is that the local population resists the planned scheme for road and bridge placement. Researchers cite economic and social harm for the area because of environmental damage from the road project and the planned location of the bridge, which would reduce the town's appeal as a destination/gateway for eco-tourists. From Rurrenabaque popular tours go to the pampas; the jungle/rainforest is south and west of Rurrenabaque, the tours leave by boat and foot. There are many tour agencies in the town offering similar tours. Rurrenabaque is a starting point for ecotourism, some eco-lodges are found in the area; the following is a list of the community based Eco-Lodges-: Mashaquipe. Weather in Rurrenabaque Travel Resources
La Paz known as Nuestra Señora de La Paz named Chuqi Yapu in Aymara, is the seat of government and the de facto national capital of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. With an estimated 789,541 residents as of 2015, La Paz is the third-most populous city in Bolivia, its metropolitan area, formed by La Paz, El Alto and Viacha, makes up the most populous urban area in Bolivia, with a population of 2.3 million. It is the capital of the La Paz Department; the city, located in west-central Bolivia 68 km southeast of Lake Titicaca, is set in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. It is located in a bowl-like depression surrounded by the high mountains of the Altiplano. Overlooking the city is the towering, triple-peaked Illimani, its peaks can be seen from many parts of the city. At an elevation of 3,650 m above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Due to its altitude, La Paz has an unusual subtropical highland climate, with rainy summers and dry winters. La Paz was founded on October 20, 1548 by the Spanish conquistador Captain Alonso de Mendoza at the site of the Inca settlement of Laja as a connecting point between the commercial routes that led from Potosí and Oruro to Lima.
The city was moved to its present location in the valley of Chuquiago Marka. La Paz was under Spanish colonial rule as part of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, before Bolivia gained independence. Since its founding, the city was the site of numerous revolts. In 1781, the indigenous leader and independence activist Túpac Katari laid siege to the city for a total of six months, but was defeated. On July 16, 1809 the Bolivian patriot Pedro Domingo Murillo ignited a revolution for independence, marking the beginning of the Spanish American Wars of Independence, which gained the freedom of South American states in 1821; as the seat of the government of Bolivia, La Paz is the site of the Palacio Quemado, the presidential palace. It is the seat of the Bolivian legislature, the Plurinational Legislative Assembly, numerous government departments and agencies; the constitutional capital of Bolivia, retains the judicial power. The city hosts all the foreign embassies as well as international missions in the country.
La Paz is an important political, administrative and sports center of Bolivia. La Paz is an important cultural center of Latin America, as it hosts several landmarks belonging to the colonial times, such as the San Francisco Church, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Plaza Murillo and the Jaén Street; the city is renowned for its unique markets the Witches' Market, for its vibrant nightlife. Its unusual topography offers unique views of the city and the surrounding mountains of the Cordillera Real from numerous natural viewing points. La Paz is home to the largest urban cable car network in the world. In May 2015, it was recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities together with Beirut, Durban, Kuala Lumpur and Vigan. La Paz is listed on the Global Cities Index 2015, is considered a global city type "Gamma" by Globalization and World Cities Research Network; this area had been the site of an Inca city, located on a major trading route. Although the Spanish conquistadors entered the area in 1535, they did not found La Paz until 1548.
It was to be at the site of the Native American settlement, with the full name of the city being Nuestra Señora de La Paz. The name commemorated the restoration of peace following the insurrection of Gonzalo Pizarro and fellow conquistadors four years earlier against Blasco Núñez Vela, the first viceroy of Peru; the town site was moved a few days to its present location in the valley of Chuquiago, more clement. Control over the former Inca lands had been entrusted to Pedro de la Gasca by the Spanish king Emperor Charles V. Gasca commanded Alonso de Mendoza to found a new city commemorating the end of the civil wars in Peru. In 1549, Juan Gutierrez Paniagua was commanded to design an urban plan that would designate sites for public areas, official buildings, a cathedral; these were meant to express the relationships of Spanish colonial society. La Plaza de los Españoles, known today as the Plaza Murillo, was chosen as the location for government buildings as well as the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Spain controlled La Paz with a firm grip and the Spanish king had the last word in all matters political, but consultation was extended, taking months or longer by sea. Indigenous and other unrest was repeated around the turn of the nineteenth century. In 1781, for a total of six months, a group of Aymara people laid siege to La Paz. Under the leadership of Tupac Katari, they destroyed churches and government property. Thirty years Indians conducted a two-month siege against La Paz; this incident was the setting for the origin of the legend of the Ekeko. In 1809 the struggle for independence from the Spanish rule brought uprisings against the royalist forces. On July 16, 1809 Pedro Domi
Bautista Saavedra Province
Bautista Saavedra is one of the twenty provinces of the Bolivian La Paz Department situated in the northwestern parts of the department. It was created on November 17, 1948 in honor of Bautista Saavedra Mallea, Bolivia's president from 1920 to 1925; the capital of the province is Charazani. The region is famous for the Kallawaya culture with its traditional medicine practices, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO on November 7, 2003. Bautista Saavedra Province is located between 14° 45' and 15° 20' South and between 68° 18' and 69° 12' West, it extends over 65 km from north to south, up to 90 km from west to east. The province is situated on the Bolivian Altiplano northeast of Lake Titicaca and borders Franz Tamayo Province in the northeast to northwest, Peru in the west, Eliodoro Camacho Province in the southwest, Muñecas Province and Larecaja Province in the southeast. Madidi National Park is in this province; the Apolobamba mountain range traverses the province.
Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below: Kunturini K'usilluni Qutañani Supay Punku Ulla Qhaya Wila Kunka The population of Bautista Saavedra Province has increased by 30% over the recent two decades: 1992: 9,995 inhabitants 2001: 11,475 inhabitants 2005: 12,437 inhabitants 2010: 12,851 inhabitants 41.3% of the population are younger than 15 years old. 46.6% of the population speak Spanish, 89.3% speak Quechua, 36.1% Aymara. The literacy rate of the province's population is 55.2%. 94.3% of the population have no access to electricity, 93.3% have no sanitary facilities. 89.1% of the population are Catholics, 5.7% are Protestants. The province comprises two municipalities: General Juan José Pérez Municipality or Charazani Municipality - 9,841 inhabitants Curva Municipality - 2,596 inhabitants Apolobamba Integrated Management Natural Area Ch'uxña Quta Ch'uxña Quta Qachu Quta Qillwa Quta Population data Social data
La Paz Department (Bolivia)
The La Paz Department of Bolivia comprises 133,985 square kilometres with a 2012 census population of 2,706,359 inhabitants. It is situated at the western border of Bolivia, it contains the Cordillera Real. Northeast of the Cordillera Real are the Yungas, the steep eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains that make the transition to the Amazon River basin to the northeast; the capital of the department is the city of La Paz and is the administrative city and seat of government/national capital of Bolivia. The Department of La Paz is divided into 20 provinces which are further subdivided into 85 municipalities and - on the fourth level - into cantons; the provinces with their capitals are: The chief executive office of Bolivia's departments is the Governor. The current governor, César Cocarico of the Movement for Socialism – Political Instrument for the Sovereignty of the Peoples was elected on 4 April 2010 and took office 30 May. Under the 2009 Constitution, Bolivian departments have an elected legislature, known as the Departmental Legislative Assembly.
The La Paz Assembly has 45 members including five indigenous / natives minority representatives. The most recent election results are as follows: The languages spoken in the department are Spanish, Aymara and Guaraní; the following table shows the number of people belonging to the recognized group of speakers. Apolobamba Integrated Management Natural Area Cotapata National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands Lake Titicaca Chacaltaya La Paz City Guide Weather in La Paz Bolivian Music and Web Varieties Full information of La Paz Department
Muñecas is a province in the Bolivian department of La Paz. Its capital is Chuma; the province is divided into three municipalities. Iskanwaya Map of the Muñecas Province
Coroico is a town in Nor Yungas Province, in the La Paz Department of western Bolivia. Coroico Viejo was founded above the river Quri Wayq'u; the town lived from mining gold, but the massive attacks by Native populations left the first Spanish colonial settlers in search of protection. Looking for a defendable position in the early 18th century, the settlers arrived at the current location of Coroico only to be chased into a cave by one of Mount Uchumachi's powerful lightning storms; the cave still exists below the church on the main plaza of Coroico. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Coroico survived a couple of Indians attacks - the biggest one was at the time of the Bolivian War of Independence. 5000 Aymaras attacked the town. The town stood strong. Since Coroicans celebrate the Fiesta of the Virgin on October 20. Coroico became the capital of the North-Yungas in 1899 making Coroico the political and industrial center of the region, which produces wood products and coca for the La Paz region of Bolivia.
In 1958, the city was made the seat of the Territorial Prelature of Coroico, elevated to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Coroico in 1983. From the mid-18th century the lands in this region came under the control of a few powerful families, the hacienderos; these families maintained control of this region until the mid-1950s, when they were overthrown by revolution. After the revolution, agrarian reforms were put in place, dividing the lands up between the national government and the locals. Now, Coroico has a Aymara and Mestizo population; the town has become a major market for the surrounding region. Staple products arrive from La Paz and the surrounding areas to be sold in the colorful markets and stores all days of the week; the region around Coroico has remained a traditional coca growing area and is the smallest of three areas of coca production in Bolivia. New highway: On a part of the road from La Paz to Coroico a new highway has been opened at the end of 2006, the old Yungas Road is now used for bikers.
This Yungas Road is called the "death road". The municipality of Coroico hosts the Unidad Académica Campesina-Carmen Pampa, a satellite campus of the Catholic University of Bolivia. Founded in 1993, the UAC-Carmen Pampa offers B. S.-equivalent degree programs in agronomy, veterinary/animal science, nursing and ecotourism. Coroico travel guide from Wikivoyage Travel Guide to Coroico Weather in Coroico The world's most dangerous road Biking the ROAD OF DEATH Comprehensive Coroico travel guide
Los Andes Province (Bolivia)
Los Andes is one of the twenty provinces in the central parts of the Bolivian La Paz Department. The province was founded on November 24, 1917, during the presidency of José Gutiérrez Guerra; the Spanish name of the province means "The Andes", referring to its position within the Cordillera Real, part of the Bolivian Andes mountain range. The capital of the province is Pucarani. Pucarani is situated in the Altiplano west of the Cordillera Real offering a view of some of its highest mountains such as Ch'iyar Juqhu, Kunturiri, Wayna Potosí and Chacaltaya; the province is located between 68 ° 08' and 68 ° 45' West. It extends over 90 km from north to south, 75 km from east to west, it is situated on the south-eastern shores of Lake Titicaca and borders Omasuyos Province in the northwest, Ingavi Province in the south, Pedro Domingo Murillo Province in the east and Larecaja Province in the north. One of the highest peaks of the province is Kunturiri. Other mountains are listed below: The population of the Los Andes Province has increased by 20% over the recent two decades: 1992: 62,185 inhabitants 2001: 69,636 inhabitants 2005: 74,693 inhabitants 2010: 76,181 inhabitants 96.2% of the population speak Aymara, 63.8% speak Spanish, 0.1% Quechua.
Most of the people are bilingual, they speak Spanish. The literacy rate of the province's population is 81.1%, with 90.6% among males and 72.4% among females. Infant mortality from 1992 to 2001 has remained high over that decade. 63.5% of the population have no access to electricity, 70.1% have no sanitary facilities. 57.5% of the households have a radio, 13.0% a TV-set, 32.4% a bike, 1.1% a motorbike, 2.5% a car, 0.4% a fridge, 0.9% a phone. 71.5% of the population are Catholics, 24.2% are Protestants. The province comprises four municipalities. Suriki Island is known for the construction of balsas, totora boats which are still used on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and Peru; the Ra II is famous for Thor Heyerdahl's successful trans-Atlantic voyage from Morocco to Barbados. Allqa Quta Ch'iyar Juqhu River Ch'iyar Quta Juri Quta Taypi Chaka Quta Population data Social data