November 18, 2012 - Beni Festival in Trinidad, Bolivia
I heard that there is a fair today in Trinidad, I thought of the
island in the Caribbean named Trinidad. But this Trinidad is
far from an island—it's a city far from any ocean, in the
landlocked nation of Bolivia.
means that the entire nation is enclosed by land, and there is no
navigable route to any ocean.)
is one of the poorest nations in South America, but of course its
culture is rich with color and handicrafts and dancing
and music—and all of that is on display today!
is in the part of Bolivia that is tropical rainforest, at the
southern end of the Amazon basin. It's hot and humid (moist) most of
the time, and the city is surrounded by rivers, lakes and lagoons.
This city is the capital of the “department” (what the U.S. would
call a “state”) of Beni.