the fifth largest country in South America is totally landlocked.
It is roughly twice the size of France and has has rich supplies
of natural gas. The population is only 8.98 m . The eastern
lowland region is becoming increasingly important and Santa
Cruz with a population of 1.5m (2006 estimate) is country's
Mojón con cara 'The Mojón with a face'
is an historic carved wooden marker for land and is used as
a symbol by the people of Santa Cruz - photo Steve Harrison
March of History A REMARKABLE PHOTO A huge and peaceful
gathering in Santa Cruz to demand regional autonomy from the country's
government based in the neighbouring highlands
in Santa Cruz - an update for 2008
is an tropical extravaganza of vibrant colour and music. The event
is staged in the old part of the city among palm filled plazas. Different
groups or comaparsas compete to present the finest in theme,
colour and beauty. It has the hallmark of a warm, close to the heart
South American way of life.
Eco Phones of Santa CruzThe local telephone cooperative
which operates many of the telecommunications for the city has added
dozens of fibreglass eco phone- booths / shelters to its public
service. The booths have been made in the form of animals found
in the tropical lowlands of Bolivia.