Temple, in his travels through Upper Peru, or Bolivia, in going from Potosi to Oruro
, says, "I saw many Indian villages or dwellings in ruins, up even to the very tops of the mountains, attesting a former population where now all is desolate." He makes similar remarks in another place; but I cannot tell whether this desolation has been caused by a want of population, or by an altered condition of the land.
In World Cup 2018 qualifying, Bolivia lost every single away match, but at home they managed four wins and two draws from their nine games, even beating the mighty Argentina 2-0.High-altitude pitches are not uncommon in the Andean country where Potosi's two teams Nacional and Real play at 3,990m in the Victor Agustin Ugarte stadium, while San Jose play at the Jesus Bermudez stadium in Oruro
at 3,731m.While this tragedy will undoubtedly heighten concerns about the safety of playing at such altitude, Bolivia's football federation has decided to act quickly to clear up any doubts.
There were also upgrades to airports in the mining town of Oruro
, and in Monteagudo, in the steamy, semi-arid plains of the country's southeast.
Tin miners used to earn around PS60 a month in the arid Andes, 13,000ft above sea level, but the industry collapsed and now tens of thousands are destitute in the group's hometown, Oruro
Around 17,000 members of the military and 4,000 police held aloft hundreds of joined copies of a blue flag with ten gold stars, known as the Flag of Maritime Vindication, on a road between the cities of La Paz and Oruro
. "This flag, the longest in the world, is a living testament of our determination to end more than a century of being landlocked,"President Evo Morales wrote on Twitter.
Bolivian President Evo Morales takes part in a traditional Andean ceremony in Caracollo yesterday during the unfolding of a huge 200km flag -- called the 'Banderazo' (big flagging) -- linking La Paz with Oruro
, to symbolically mark the maritime lawsuit against Chile, which starts next March 19 at the Permanent Court of International Justice in The Hague.
Police commandant Romel Rana said three children were among those killed in Saturday's explosion in the city of Oruro
, some 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of the Bolivian capital, La Paz.
Carnival in Venice is more elegant, and the Andean version in Oruro
, Bolivia, just as colourful.
A street vendor's cooking gas container exploded on Saturday night amid a Carnival celebration in the Bolivian city of Oruro
, killing eight and injuring 40 others, police said.