Bolivia is a country located in western-central South America. Before Spanish colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was part of the Inca Empire, while the northern and eastern lowlands were inhabited by independent tribes. Spanish conquistadors took control of the region in the 16th century. Spain built its empire in great part upon the silver that was extracted from Bolivia’s mines. Bolivia is named after Simón Bolívar, a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence.

Interesting fact: only about 5% of all the roads in Bolivia are paved, and in mountainous regions traffic sometimes switches sides of the road to ensure the driver has a better view of the dangerous drops.

Bolivia postcard

Bolivia stamps