Bolivia: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Belgium including the altitude of La Paz, the Peace Corps woes, and a biography of Che Guevara

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La Paz is the highest capital city in the world, with its airport at 13,358'.

The Aymara Indians (who live in both Bolivia and Peru) are responsible for the development of the potato, and cultivate over 110 varieties.

The Peace Corps was ousted by Bolivia in 1970, allegedly for subversive activity, including aiding Bolivian guerillas and sterilizing Indian women without their permission.

A Bolivian hero is Ernesto "Che" Guevara, guerilla leader born in Argentina in 1928. He traveled widely in Latin America, and witnessed the CIA-sponsored coup in Guatemala in 1954. He met Fidel and Raul Castro in Mexico City in 1955, and soon went with them to Cuba, to help lead the revolution there in 1959. He resigned his cabinet post in the Cuban Government in 1965, and turned his energies toward Bolivia as a strategically located country ready for revolution. After a year of guerrilla activity in that country, he and a small band of men were captured by a Green Beret-organized unit of the Bolivian army. To avoid a trial and the accompanying international attention it would focus on the guerrillas' activities, Che Guevara was executed on October 9, 1967, and his body secretly disposed of.

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