• They look similar at a glance but alpacas have shorter legs, necks and snouts than llamas, and also have a fluffier fleece.
• Named after Simón Bolívar, Bolivia won its independence in 1825, after nearly three centuries as a Spanish colony.
• In 2001 the highest football match in the world was played on the top of the 6542m Sajama volcano.
• A bridge stretching from Potosí to Spain could reputedly have been built with the silver extracted from the Cerro Rico mines during the colonial period.
• Since independence, Bolivia has lost almost half its territory, including its Pacific coast, which was captured by Chile in 1879.Despite being landlocked, the country still has a navy.
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