Art & Culture
amazing development of the culture and peoples of Bolivia began
in Pre-Columbian times. As you look at and visit archaeological
ruins, view intricate gold and silver jewelry, etc. it becomes
very apparent that the social organizations of Pre-Columbian Bolivia
were very advanced. The Inca for instance created an elaborate
system of aqueducts, roads, medical practices, songs and rituals.
Traveling through Bolivia some of the major archaeological sites
include Samaipata, Incallajta, Iskanwaya, and Tiwanaku.
Upon arrival in the New World, the Spaniards brought their own
ideas and art which the locals developed into their own distinctive
type of painting, architecture and sculpture known as Mestizo
Baroque. This era of Bolivian history produced some excellent
artisans and is most definitely characterized by the religious
paintings, churches, paintings, etc. found throughout Bolivia.
To say that Bolivia has a rich folklore would be an understatement.
The folk music of the country is varied and distinctive. The annual
carnivals of Tarabuco and Oruru are today considered some of the
most elaborate and interested folkloric events in South America.