BOLIVIA: The Lure of the Oriente

East from the jagged wall of the Andes stretches the green, sealike wilderness of Bolivia's Oriente. In its lonely towns, descendants of Spanish aristocrats gravely toast the kings of Spain by candlelight; its brown-skinned, barefoot rubber gath, erers get their only view of the outside world from old film plays. In jungle-hemmed clearings jaguars and blood-sucking bats prey on the settlers' cattle. Along the region's sluggish, yellow rivers, savage bush Indians hunt heads and shoot arrows at low-flying airplanes. Occasionally, from the principal cities of Santa Cruz (pop. 30,000) or Trinidad...

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