This week here on Fun Fact Tuesday at Statesman Ties we’re taking a peek at Bolivia, which is the country that inspired our Bolivia tie.

Fun Fact 1: Bolivia is home to an enormous stretch of salt flats called Salar de Uyuni, which is considered the largest mirror on Earth for its reflective properties. In fact, it’s 10,582 square kilometers, which means that Bolivia is home to the largest salt flats in the world. Because Bolivia has so much salt, they’ve actually made a hotel out of salt, the Palacio de Sal (Palace of Salt). The floors, walls, and ceilings are made with 14-inch block of salt as well as all the furniture.

Fun Fact 2: Bolivia is a country that lives in the clouds. Not only is La Paz, the governmental seat, the highest unofficial capital city in the world at 11,975 feet above sea level (the official capital city is Sucre), the country also boasts the highest large (over 100,000 pop.) city in the world – El Alto, which sits at 13,615 feet above sea level.

My favorite fun fact is that Lake Titicaca, which borders Bolivia and Peru, is the highest navigable lake as well as being the largest lake in South America. Wow!

Do you have any fun facts about Bolivia? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to check out our Bolivia tie!