Books in Bolivia

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Most of us know very little about Bolivia; so if we don’t read something about the country, we are unikely to even consider a visit to this nation that stretches from the Andes to the Amazon. Even if we decide to go to Bolivia, we may not be able to fully appreciate all that we come across in our visit without having at least some background knowledge of Bolivia and its people. Since Bolivia is a third world country, our travel there may not turn out to be safe, affordable, or even pleasant unless we prepare ourselves adequately for our trip.

To assist would be adventurers to Bolivia, following are several suggested references on this South American country:


Lonely Planet Bolivia, 2004.

This is the encyclopedia of travel to Bolivia. Fully addresses every region of the country with excellent social and cultural commentary and explanations of things to see and do in Bolivia. Although Lonely Planet is aimed at the young backpacker crowd on a tight budget, all travelers to Bolivia will benefit from its comprehensive information.

Instant Bolivia, 2006.  

Bolivia Today publishes a current, concise, and totally independent online travel directory for international visitors to Bolivia. The guide is targeted to a mature audience able to afford mid-range and upscale travel opportunities. The information on hotels, restaurants, and other travel services is updated monthly. Instant Bolivia is a Bolivian-American collaboration.

The Spitting Llama Bookstore

The Spitting Llama Bookstore is owned by a USA-Bolivian couple and has tons of fliers and information about volunteering and tourism for travelers. The Bolivia section of their website is quite useful also in finding information. They distribute Lonely Planet guides and can provide rare books about Bolivian culture, geography and history.


Bolivia, An Oxfam Country Profile, 2001. 

An excellent overview of the social, political, ethnic, and economic issues facing contemporary Bolivia. Written by Oxfam associate, Marcela López Levy.

A Concise History of Bolivia, 2003.   

The title of this book says it all. The volume is written by Herbert Klein, a world renown Bolivian historian at Cambridge University. edi
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