The family is the axis upon which the social life of Bolivian culture turns. Large, extended families are very common here. Roles within the family are very traditional, but respect for women is strongly practiced by all. If a woman enters the room, men will stand up and not sit down again until she does. Bolivian men are very kind, charming and quite romantic too. They possess the macho character and striking Latino looks often only seen in movies. Particularly in the highlands, Bolivia is a formal and traditional country, and old-fashioned values of politeness and courtesy are still widespread.
Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a landlocked country located in the western part of central South America. It is a multicultural country and the most indigenous in the Americas, with more than 50% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry. The main language spoken is Spanish, but 37 indigenous languages also are official. Christianity is the main religion and is actively practiced by a large segment of the population. Bolivia’s geography is varied, and from the high peaks of the Andes in the West to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin, it is a country of contrasts. The climate ranges from humid and tropical to cold and semiarid. In most parts of the country winters are dry and summers are somewhat wet.