From salt flats to rain forests, stark contrasts frame the landscape around growing urban centers

Bolivia is the fifth largest country in South America, with beautiful landscapes ranging from the Andes Mountains to salt flats to Amazon rain forests. Such geographic diversity makes the country home to 40% of all animal and plant life on earth.

Bolivia’s culture is equally eclectic with approximately three dozen indigenous groups. Many Bolivians still practice many traditions handed down from ancient civilizations, such as the Incas’ terraced agricultural techniques. Inca and Aymara religious traditions often become mingled with Catholicism.

The nation’s economy depends on agriculture, forestry, mining and manufacturing, yet nearly half the population lives on less than $2 per day. Infant mortality and malnutrition pose health concerns. Urban migration is on the rise as Bolivians move to cities in hope of improving their circumstances.

Your participation with Missions Door enables leadership development, church planting and family ministry, as well as economic development that provides income for pastors in Bolivia.

Cultural Snapshot

The tarka (flute), tinya (drum) and antara (panpipe) are indigenous musical instruments of the Andes region, uniquely heard in Bolivia and Peru.

Faith Fact

Among countries in South America, Bolivia shows the least signs of influence by Protestant Christianity.

Country Profile

Population: 10 million, 33% ages 0–14

Major Religions: 82% Catholic, 10% Protestant

Languages: 61% Spanish, 21% Quechua, 21% Aymara, 15% Guarani

Literacy: 91%

Poverty: 45%