Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert, and Amazon Basin rainforest. At more than 3,500m, its administrative capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. Nearby is glass-smooth Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, straddling the border with Peru.
In Bolivia, there are different types of climatedepending on area and altitude. In plains and lowlands, the climate is almost equatorial (i.e. hot all year round and with a short dry season) in the far north and tropical (i.e. with a longer dry season, which is also cooler) in the center-south. In the plateau and the Andean mountain peaks, the climate is instead colder and generally quite arid. Bolivia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, albeit at tropical latitudes, so its seasons are reversed in comparison with the Northern Hemisphere.