Bolivia: The High, Hard Land

Outside of the Himalayas, the highest country on earth is Bolivia, which nestles in the Andes, landlocked in behind Peru and Chile. Since the altitude of La Paz (pop. 350,000) is 11,900 ft., visitors are warned to get used to the thin air before taking a cocktail or attempting anything so athletic as trotting upstairs. At the airport, 1,400 ft. above the city, no jets come in; Panagra's prop pilots sometimes take a whiff of oxygen during stopovers. Yet 4,000,000 people inhabit Bolivia; 75% are on the altiplano (high plain), a vast,...

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