Bolivia Is One Of The Most Underrated Countries In Latin America And These Things To Do Prove It

The landlocked country of western-central South America has gained a reputation for a few things. It has one of the worlds biggest tributes to Jesus, great food and strong historical ties to the Incan Empire. But did you know that it has some of the most fascinating deserts, markets, and churches in the world? Take a look at this list of 23 of the most incredible attractions to see in Bolivia and we’ll bet it’ll change your mind about that trip to Australia this summer.

1. Bolivian Salt Flat

CREDIT: @purepoz / Instagram

Pure salt stretches far across Bolivia in the 3,800 square-smile regions of the country’s southwest. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat contains endless sheets of hexagonal tiles and salt pyramids.

2. The Witches Market

CREDIT: @amyogradyperth / Instagram

The country’s popular tourist destination has witches in dark hats selling dead animals for good luck. It’s located on Calle Jiminez and Linares.

3. Horca del Inca

CREDIT: @louise_cllrd / Instagram

When Spaniards invaded Latina America in the 16th century they battered nearly everything they could find insight and renamed figures that held massive cultural significance. Horca del Inca, which means Gallows of the Inca, is a great example of this. The Horca is actually not a gallows but was originally pre-Incan astronomical observatory and gave the Chiripa people who created it a cahnce to study astronomy.

4. Salvador Dalí Desert

CREDIT: @totweettowho / Instagram

There’s no way any one who goes to this desert will ever consider it to be anything BUT surreal. It’s wind-swept lands will give you all types of Dalí vibes.

5.Museo de la Coca

This museum is dedicated to the sacred leaf of the Andes. The museum does its best to put an end to the bad name that the coca leaf has developed and educate patrons on the history of the leaf long before it became know for producing cocaine.

6. Cementerio General

CREDIT: @spineless.cactus / Instagram

La Paz’s massive cemetery is almost the size of a city in itself and features the deceased stored away in rows of buildings that resemble apartments.

7. Sajama Lines

CREDIT: @the.alien.diary / Instagram

These mysterious geoglyphs stretch miles and miles acrossthe Bolivian desert. You can find them near Bolivia’s highest point: Nevado Sajama volcano.

8. Cholita Wrestling

CREDIT: @ohanni / Instagram

Tough chicas in traditional petticoats and frills take on the parts of fierty luchadores of La Paz in this arena.

9. Potosí Silver Mines

CREDIT: @chrisperrycsp / Instagram

The capital of the Bolivian state sits at a height of 4,000 meters is one of the hightest cities in the world. 

10. San Pedro Prison

CREDIT: @maxschaapman / Instagram

Bolivia’s largest mega prison acts like a city much more than prison in some ways. The well-known Bolivian correctional facility allows wives and children to live with imprisoned relatives as they ride out their sentences. Prisoners pay for their own cells that look like small apartments.

11. La Paz Cebritas

CREDIT: @kellypalacios.lml / Instagram

In La Paz, Bolivia traffic is no joke. There’s a  huge problem and most of it starts with the fact that people use traffic lights as a suggestion rather than a demand. Thanks to a group of plush wearing zebras the number of traffic incidents in the city has steadily decreased.

12. Carnival de Oruro

CREDIT: @swaze_1 / Instagram

This religious festival dates back to over 200 years and takes place in Oruro, Bolivia. The indigenous festival incorporates a Christian ritual around the Virgin of Candelaria and takes place on March 2nd.

13. Alasitas Festival

During this Bolivian festival, patrons wish for whatever they want a by buying miniature versions of their desires.  In the image above, a miniature mustachioed ceramic figurine, called Ekeko, represents the South American God of good fortune.

14. Mi Teleférico

CREDIT: @al3_crespo / Instagram

Tinku, a Bolivian Aymara tradition, has origins in a tradition that goes back to the days of the Spanish Conquistadors. It takes place each year in May when farming communities of the region take part in bloody hand to hand combat.

15. Tinku

CREDIT: @6lia.6dead6 / Instagram

A giant, bloody battle rages throughout the Bolivian Andes each year.Great Train Graveyard. In the Bolivian Aymara tradition, tinku has its origins in a ritualistic form of combat dating back to the time of the Spanish Conquistadors, who arrived in the region of Potosí and enslaved the indigenous population. Not one to give up dancing in the face of oppression, since that day tinku has proved the cathartic exercise of choice for the Aymara and Quechua peoples.

16. Mission Church of San Xavier

CREDIT: @mr_hanft / Instagram

This  18th-century church is one of Bolivia’s few surviving Jesuit missions. Visitors of the church are immediately welcomed by bright colors and patterns.

17. Cristo de la Concordia

CREDIT: @june_laborda / Instagram

This famous giant Christ figure was inspired by a visit from Pope John Paul II. Construction on it started in 1987 and ended in 1944. For a while, it held the title of “World’s Largest Christ Statue.”

18. Great Train Graveyard

CREDIT: @octivec / Instagram

Bolivia’s train cemetery lies on the outskirts of a desert trading village located on the Andean plain. The region is so massive and populated by so many locomotives you might start to wonder if all of the trains in South America were moved here.

19. Valle de La Luna

CREDIT: @schmiedmariophoto / Instagram

There’s no view like one at the “Valley of the Moon” where a carpet of monoliths rise up from the Bolivian desert. The area is said to be named by Neil Armstrong and look about as close to the moon as a place on earth can get.

20. Dinosaur Dance Floor

CREDIT: @imagesforjoy / Instagram

Forget what you’ve heard about the dinosaurs. The moment you come to the largest site of dinosaur footprints on earth, which includes over 5,000 tracks, you’ll feel transported to an era where the oldest giants really did exist.

21. Laguna Colorada

CREDIT: @brianstowell / Instagram

This lake located 4,000 meters above sea level is a home to rare flamingos. And that’s no filter on the picture above, the colors of the region stand out immediately because the lake is tinged with red algea.

22. North Yungas Road

CREDIT: @mustvisitthisplace / Instagram

The “Death Road” of Bolivia has been the location of various accidents and included on the planets list of most dangerous routes. The road was built in the 190s by prisoners from Paraguay.

23. Valle de las Animas

CREDIT: @anibalaguilarcuba / Instagram

These needle-like rock formations were formed out of mudrock and erosion over a series of hundreds of years. Bolivia’s highest mountain, Illimani, towers in the background at 15,000 feet.

24. Palacio de Sal

CREDIT: @nicolascuneo / Instagram

This famous and beautiful hotel is located right on the edge of the salt flats. Perhaps its most intersting quality is the fact that it is built with materials only made from around it.

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

Things That Matter

Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

homegrownterrorists / Instagram

Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Things That Matter

UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com