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- La Paz, Bolivia sits at an altitude ranging from 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) to 4050 meters (13,287 feet) above sea level and has the world's highest golf course. The air is so thin that a well-hit shot will travel several meters farther than at sea level.
- The Yungas Road connecting La Paz to the Yungas Valley is known as the World's Most Dangerous Road. Each year at least 25 vehicles plunge off the steep road and more than 100 people per year lose their lives.
- Bolivia is the world's third-largest cultivator of coca (after Colombia and Peru) with an estimated 26,500 hectares under cultivation.
- Santa Cruz, Bolivia is famous for its abundance of beautiful women in Bolivia and is a major fashion and modeling hub in Bolivia.
- In the classic hit movie Scarface, starring Al Pacino, a scene in the movie features Alejandro (Alex) Sosa's estate in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
- In 2000, an ancient temple submerged in the depths of Lake Titicaca was discovered. It is believed the ruins are Pre-Inca and date back 1,000 to 1,500 years ago. They were discovered in depths of as much as 100ft (30m). Also, discovered near the submerged temple was a terrace for crops, a long road and a 2,600 feet(800m) long wall.
- Salar de Uyuni, a huge salt desert in the high altitudes of southwestern Bolivia, was once a giant salt lake that dried up thousands of years ago, leaving behind more than 10 billion tons of salt.
- Underneath the salt beds of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is believed to contain the largest deposits of lithium in the world and over half the world's reserves. Lithium is a mineral that could help power the fuel efficient electric or petrol-electric hybrid vehicles of the future. Lithium carbonate is already in the batteries of laptop computers and mobile phones.
- In Sucre you'll find the world's largest paleontological site. On a gigantic limestone slab, there are about 5,000 impressions of dinosaur footprints from 300 different dinosaurs that are embedded on the slanted limestone slab.
- Just over three hundred years ago, Potosi was one of the wealthiest cities in the world, where the streets were said to be made of silver.
- A Swiss theorist Erich von Däniken, who visited the Inca ruins in Samaipata twice, wrote in one of his books that he beleives the two parallel running grooves carved in the rock were once used as a UFO-launch site.
- Bolivia is also home to the worlds only known bolivianita mine. Bolivianita is a unique jewel that contains natural combinations of Citrine and amethyst, giving a diversity of color starting with a delicate yellow, through shades of lillac to reach a deep violet. These special characteristics make it one of the most unique gems in the world.
- Like something out of a Harry Potter book, La Paz has a street market called the Witches Market, where you'll see real life witches, magic spells, sorcery, and potions being sold.
- Tarija is Bolivia's wine growing region and the area is home to some of the world's highest vineyards up to 6,500 feet (2,000 m) above sea level.
- In 1987 Bolivia made the world's first debt-for-nature swap with an international conservation organization for the 135,000-hectare Beni Biosphere Reservea portion of Bolivia's foreign debt was purchased to support the reserve. Bolivia continues to conserve its environment with the 1995 creation of the 1,895,750-hectare Madidi National Park. Madidi includes everything from Andean glaciers to rain forests; it helps Indians, like the local Quechua, develop ecotourism, which includes watching some 1,000 bird species, tracking tapirs, or white-water rafting.
- There is a variety of Wildlife in Bolivia. There are over 300 species of mammals, 1,350 species of non-migratory birds, 257 species of reptiles, 166 species of amphibians and 550 species of fish. And much more yet to be discovered.
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