SPECIAL INTEREST

Natural Medicine

Traditional practices still hold far greater sway than Western medicine. When confronted with a medical problem 70% of Bolivians, particularly in the rural areas, first see the curandero (the local healer), and often utilize Western medicine only as a last resort. Every village or community has its herbalist who knows which plants and herbs can be used for medicinal purposes. Traditional medicine is an integral part of the culture and responds to its values and beliefs. Bolivia’s traditional healers, the Kallawayas legendary healers, with considerable powers, hold a special place. Six small villages northeast of the Lake are the center of these wandering healers.

Location: La Paz

Duration: 3 to 5 days