Bolivia Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Bolivia is a country in South America that is completely surrounded by other countries. Come learn about Bolivia, where it can be found on a map, what is special about its capital, and some other cool facts about this country.

Where is Bolivia?

Imagine rowing a small boat on a clear blue lake. You see hills, cliffs and tall, snowy mountains surrounding the water as you paddle. After sticking your hand in the water, you decide not to go for a swim even though the water looks inviting. The water feels chilly because you are floating around on a very high lake in Bolivia!

Map of Bolivia in South America
Map of Bolivia in South America

Bolivia is a country in South America that is landlocked, which means it is completely surrounded by other countries. The state of Montana could fit inside Bolivia almost 3 times!

Bolivia was named for Simon Bolivar, a man that helped free a lot of South America from Spain's rule.

Although Bolivia doesn't touch the ocean, part of the world's highest crossable lake is there. It is called Lake Titicaca (pronounced tih-tih-CAH-cah) and is found in the tall Andes Mountains.

Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

This lake is more than 12,000 feet high. You would have to stack the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on top of itself more than 19 times to reach that height!

You probably wouldn't enjoy swimming in this lake if you like warm pool water because its average temperature is only about 56 degrees.

Bolivia's Two Capitals

The United States only has one capital, but Bolivia has two. Its administrative capital, La Paz is the highest capital city of any country on Earth. It is 11,800 feet up and is near Lake Titicaca. The city is more than twice as high up as Mount Rushmore!

Sucre (pronounced SUE-cray) is Bolivia's second capital and it's where you will find their Supreme Court.

Life in Bolivia

If you want to ask directions or find a snack, you'll have to do it in Spanish or the Indian languages of Quechua (pronounced KEH-chuh-wuh) or Aymara (pronounced eye-muh-RAH), since those are the official languages of Bolivia.

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