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Bolivian Thoughts over our wonders aims at people around the globe who are interested on what is going on in Bolivia.
This page will provide reliable information regarding our history, heritage, culture, environment and successful individuals, companies [if there would be a need to provide further clarification to an specific issue, I will write inside these type of brackets]. The link of the full  original article from reliable sources will appear at the end of the translation. After the link, if appropriate, you will find my opinion on that issue. Events that do not appear regularly in formal media channels offered to the world, will be offered here. Follow me on Facebook BT and/or Twitter BT, thank you.
I summarize news that may not be available in English, in an effort to form an opinion about what is going on in beautiful Bolivia. Sometimes, I use cartoons as they show Bolivian character.
If you want to lift your spirit, browse THE HALL OF BOLIVIAN FAME page (look for the upper line above). Inside you will see three main categories: people; private ventures; heritage and environment that makes us proud to be Bolivians!
If you want to look at the basics in economics, mining, agriculture, environment and other, please browse the page: Bolivia 101.
For those Bolivian living abroad, at times, as I am, are confronted by the society where we currently live and sometimes there is very little to offer, either because the news are not in English or we don’t have the time to translate. Well, dear Bolivians, please feel free to use the contents under this blog to share with those people who want to know more about us, thank you.
This site will offer the following:

1. English summaries of articles that appear in local newspapers that seldom are available overseas
2. Prompt reply to specific concerns, issues related to Bolivian issues in general
3. Availability to provide advice services regarding future investments, purchases or tourism
4. There is absolute confidentiality on the information you may inquire about investing or visiting Bolivia

31 Comments Add yours

  1. billkralovec says:

    Thanks for maintaining this web site. It is very valuable for foreigners with an interest in Bolivia. I am married to a Crucena and we live in Serbia. We visit Santa Cruz every few years and I can’t believe the changes in the city. We are looking at buying land for us to build a retirement home, but I was shocked at the inflated real estate prices. After having lived through the US real estate bubble, I see the same thing happening in Santa Cruz, only with a greater unsustainable growth rate (prices). Do you have any thoughts on where the real estate market is headed?

    1. Greetings from lovely Santa Cruz! and thank you for reading Bolivian Thoughts!!

      Everybody says that right now is good time to sell. Prices will drop in about three years, so that would be the time to purchase. However, if you have cash, you could get a good deal but would have to have a good lawyer to look after you, if you intend to buy without being in person.

      Prices are high, construction continues to be a good investment. New politicians, new rich and money launderers have driven the prices up.

      Hope this helps, please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more info.


  2. carlos says:

    This is a really good blog; great topic selection and coverage of Bolivian events. Is there a way to contact you privately?

    1. Thanks a lot, your feedback is MOST WELCOME!! I have sent you an email, just now.

  3. Esther says:

    Hello from Berlin, I am looking to quote you in a paper, can you perhaps give me your name or where I can find it in the blog? Thanks so much! I really like you blog, its very informative and useful!

    1. Thank you for reading my blog. You can quote the original sites on each, as I only provide English translations, so people like you can have access to relevant information about Bolivia. At the end of a post, I provide my opinion based on a wider analysis and my professional experience. Then inside the news per se, sometimes I clarify the issue inside brackets like these [ ]

  4. panjeeri says:

    Hi, I’m looking into IT ventures in Bolivia. Do you have any direction where I should start? Thanks

    1. Thank you for your contact, at least there are a couple of them in The Hall of Bolivian Fame, PLS take a look http://wp.me/P1uQVB-KD they have proven success!

  5. sandy says:

    can anyone help me find a Bolivian rocking chair to give as a gift to Bolivian friends?

    1. I am not in Bolivia, sorry,

  6. Karin Kamp says:

    Hi Bolivian Thoughts,

    I was researching Kirah Design and came across your site.

    I’m writing to you from The Story Exchange, a global non-profit video project that encourages women to start their own business.

    We just launched an our 1,000 Stories campaign and we would love to have Bolivian entrepreneurs submit their stories.

    Through the campaign we are collecting 1,000 stories of women to better understand who they are, what they need, and to help inspire others. The project is in collaboration with The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, who will analyze the results.

    Each story appears on our site, with it’s own link. We are also using the submissions to find women entrepreneurs for video profiles for our 2013 filming season.

    You can read more details here and watch a video on the campaign:

    Would you be able to share this with your community of entrepreneurs?

    Please contact me if you have any questions.

    Many thanks,

    Karin Kamp, The Story Exchange

    1. Thank you Karin!! I will certainly share this extraordinary opportunity to our wonderful Bolivian entrepreneurs!! I am posting your comment in my blog this Friday, thank you again!!!

  7. Paalini says:

    Hi! I really enjoy reading your blog and I learn new things every time :)
    Keep up the amazing work!!!
    I have a question. I’ve been wanting to visit Bolivia for like an extended vacation (like 1-2 month) doing a homestay program or even a volunteer program. I’d like to stay with a local family in order to improve on my conversational skills in Spanish.
    Is there anything (program, website, etc) at all you would recommend? How can I contact you other than on this page?


    1. Thank you SO much! There are many orgs that you can contact, depending where are you from, your skills and place where you would like to stay as a home base. The highlands or the tropics… You can contact me at bolivian_thoughts@yahoo.com either with an email or look for me with that address at Facebook, so I can give you more info. Best regards1

  8. What’s up to every one, the contents existing at this site are genuinely awesome for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.

  9. Juan de Dios Villarroel Fernández says:

    Excelent Blog, from Santa Cruz I’m really thankful of you can share information in another language about us. This is helpfull for people from overseas and for us.
    Follow mi Blog please, I writte articles in spanish of the actual issues ocurred in Bolivia.

    1. I will certainly follow yours! Than you SO much, Bolivia has to be known in the world!

  10. Found Bolivian Thoughts while researching a Spanish305 presentation, and it is getting added to my bookmarks bar. Thank you for a great resource!

  11. Just found it! Great source of information:)

  12. UN Press, 18 March 2015
    The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review of Bolivia, Fiji and San Marino.
    – See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15718&LangID=E#sthash.Zor3NYPn.dpuf

    1. Thank you SO much, I’ll post it, soon! Have a nice day!

  13. Ken says:

    Hi Bolivian Thoughts,
    I’m currently working on a book chapter on the legal aspects of intermittent and ephemeral rivers and streams (those that do not have year-round flow) and in it I have a section on the dispute over the Silala river. I am looking for a photo of the Silala near the Bolivia-Chile border to include in the book chapter.

    1. Ken, you could try using this on google search: silala fotos bolivia

      Google has many that could help you … hope this helps

  14. Panna Munyal says:

    Hi there. I am a journalist with a newspaper in Dubai, and I am writing a story on Freddy Mamani’s cholets. I am looking for high-res images of the buildings – can you help? We will credit the photographer and your website, of course. Best, Panna

    1. Thanks for writing Panna Munyal, when you search in my blog, the word cholet or cholets, there would be a number of posts available, you could look at the bottom of each one to access the original source, if those pics are not enough, you could write them directly and ask for better resolution pics? Best regards.

  15. Hi, I am came across a book caled Pueblo Enfermo by Alcides Arguedas. I have been looking for an English translation, but no luck. Are you aware if this book exists in English? It would be a pity for the world not to have this important work.

    1. Indeed, it is still considered a masterpiece, trying to help us understand Bolivian identity. And, no, I’m not aware there is an English translation, sorry …

  16. Deepa Jain says:


    Thank you for creating such a wonderful blog! It is very informative.
    I am a children’s author and an archaeology student from the University of Leicester, UK. I plan to write an article on the Bolivian festival of Alasitas for a US-based children’s magazine.

    Although I read about the Alasitas festivities on this blog, I still have some questions, and I would like to interview you by email. Could you please reply to this message?

    Thank you, and once again, congratulations for such a fantastic job!

    1. Thank you Deepa Jain. Alasitas is a crafts fair, where miniatures are depicted from the “things” you would like to get in the coming year. What I translated is the best information possible. If I happen to get other relevant information, I will gladly share it with you.

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