1. Bolivia has 37 official languages.
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  2. The second-largest lake in Bolivia is called Lake Poopo. It's not a freshwater lake.
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  3. La Paz, Bolivia, was the first South American city to get an electricity supply. It was powered by llama dung.
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  4. There is a prison in Bolivia where inmates rent their own cells, can live with their families, charge tourists for tours and at one point produced almost all the cocaine in Bolivia.
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  5. The main exporter of Brazil nuts is not Brazil. It's Bolivia.
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  6. Demand for quinoa in Western nations has pushed up prices so much that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia , where quinoa is from, can no longer afford their staple crop.
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  7. The average women in Bolivia, Indonesia, and Guatemala is short enough to be considered a Dwarf (4'10 or under).
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  8. There's a hotel in Bolivia made almost entirely of salt, complete with salt beds and chairs.
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  9. Most homes in Bolivia have a dried llama fetus thrown under its foundations for luck.
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  10. There's a limestone cliff with over 5,000 dinosaur footprints in Bolivia, with many dating back 68 million years.
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  11. One of Bolivia's oldest silver mines has claimed the lives of an estimated 8 million people in the past 500 years. It is known as the "Mountain that eats men" and is still mined with pick and shovel today.
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  12. Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.
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  13. More than 60% of Bolivia's citizens are indigenous, predominantly Quechua and Aymara.
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  14. "Tinku" is a festival in Bolivia where people beat each other for 2 or 3 days straight.
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  15. Bolivia was not a landlocked country. Its territory on the Pacific Ocean was lost to Chile after the War of the Pacific in the mid 19th century.
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  16. Landlocked Bolivia maintains a
    standing navy, in preparation
    for the day it reconquers coastline
    lost to Chile in the 19th Century.
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  17. While most of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil (60%), it's also in Peru (13%), Colombia (10%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
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  18. Bolivia has had as much coups and revolutions in its history (above 190) as years it has been independent for.
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  19. The South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was, at various times, president of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.
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  20. At 10,582sq km in size and about 100km across, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia – the world's largest salt flat – is roughly the size of Jamaica.
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  21. In Bolivia, llama droppings are used to purify water.
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