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Culture of Bolivia

One of the principal highlights of a Bolivia tour is the authenticity of the country’s culture and local people, who retain their indigenous heritage even in modern times. The majority of the population is of Quechua and Aymara descent, followed by mestizos – people with mixed indigenous and Spanish ancestry.

Discover the famous Witches Market in La Paz
Discover the famous Witches Market in La Paz
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Traditions and culture of Bolivia

As you travel in Bolivia, you will find women in traditional dress, affectionately called cholas, everywhere. The chola’s clothing consists of a pleated skirt called pollera, a shawl called manta and topped off with a bowler hat from 19th century Europe. This form of dress was originally forced on the indigenous women by colonists, but now it has become a national symbol. Markets are colorful and full of textiles, handicrafts and even strange shamanic trinkets that are symbols of native religious traditions and popular superstition and a major part of Bolivian culture.

Our private Bolivia tours take you to Lake Titicaca, where unique cultures such as the Uros of the floating reed islands, maintain their traditions even in modern times.

Bolivians are close-knit and extremely family-oriented, with several generations living together under the same roof. Many traditions and festivals in Bolivia stem from a mix of pre-Colombian pagan rites and Roman Catholicism. The Oruro Carnival is a major part of a well-planned Bolivia tour.  It is an important cultural event, famous for its folkloric devil dance and several days of costumed parades.

Locals do not like to have their photos taken by visitors. Do not photograph people without first asking for permission during your tour of Bolivia.

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