A quechua woman in the pueblo of Tupiza in the south of the country. The indigeneous peoples of Bolivia make up the overwhelming majority, making Bolivia the Sth American country with the highest proportion of indigeneous people.



In a small dusty pueblo in the high plain (altiplano) of central Bolivia which is about 3800m above sea level, the conditions are rough. A relentless burning sun, freezing cold nights, very little water and a dry dusty soil all make life here extremely difficult. The people still live a subsistence level of life and the only chance of betterment, be it financial, educational or medical, lies in the nearby cities of La Paz or Oruro. This depletion of the population further deteriorates the societies here. This small forgotten pueblo lies on the highway between the two cities of Oruro and Potosi in central Bolivia. 2000.



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