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    Land of winds > Pictures > Pictures | Issue 09 (Mar.-Apr. 2012)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

The Aymara communities of Bolivia

The Aymara communities of Bolivia

Besides their traditional attire, their colourful celebrations and their superb tropas of wind instruments, the Aymara-speaking communities of Bolivia provide a unique scenery to amateur photographers: the land where they live. The Bolivian Altiplano is a harsh and hostile environment; however, Aymara people turned it into their homeland centuries ago, went all over it, dedicated their best songs to it and were able to feed themselves from this land.

Looking at its weird beauty revealed through seas of parched salt, reddish and violet mountains, streams of greenish deposits and crystal clear skies, it is easy to understand why those ancient people insisted on living here.

The picture gallery by Flicr user Matteo Bertolino includes a collection of snapshots of Bolivia, all of them taken in the department of Potosí: some pictures of the machaq mara or Aymara New Year celebration; the Lípez Altiplano; and the salt workers in Uyuni.

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