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Characteristics of typical Bolivian woman




When you speak about Bolivian women you have to know about two different types. To know this better deeply you might need to make the search on history of Bolivia. If you would like to get some info quickly we will help you to find the main answers. Just keep reading.

There are two main groups of people that prevail in Bolivia. The country had pre-Columbian period, during which it was populated by Incas offspring. When Spaniards came they started to mix with Indigenous people who lived on the territory of today’s Bolivia. Now they have mixed population, more European looking with some impact of Incas genome and more or less indigenous population. So now you see why it is hard to describe typical Bolivian woman.

Typical Indigenous Bolivian women usually much less attract foreigners than their counterparts with mixed genome where Spanish influence prevails. Although that opinion is very subjective.

Typical Boliviana or Indigenous women like to dress pollera – pleated skirt, bowler hat that was popular in Europe in 19th century and manta – a kind of silky shawl. Must admit, you would rarely see these dresses on new generation of Bolivians. Most of men and women are dressed same as European people and differences are hardly noticeable. Bolivians do not wear shorts because it is considered disrespectful. Women are dressed in dresses, skirts and blouses.

If you ask Bolivian woman for a date she will be late as it is normal in Bolivia to be 15-30 minutes late. What is even more weird – if you come on time you will offend the person you have a meeting with. The same when you visit Bolivian family.

Bolivian women like small presents. If you liked particular woman and want to win her attention you may present her flowers (except for yellow and purple), chocolate or wine. Gifts you give with all heart will be much appreciated even if they don’t cost much.

Bolivian women are great in what is called eye contact. When you talk to woman in Bolivia look into her eyes, otherwise she will consider you as person whom she cannot trust. One more thing: Bolivian women stand very close during the conversation. Do not avoid it and at the same time don’t take it as a hint, it is just how they speak in Bolivia. When woman talks to you as a friend she might give you a hug before she leaves and touch cheeks.

Women in Bolivia unfortunately have lower status than men. This is strongly patriarchal society. Women in Bolivia do not have the same rights men have because of the reason named above. For some Westerners who are in search of girlfriend and wife this information can be useful.

Typical Bolivian woman speaks Spanish so you better speak Spanish as well if you want to win her attention. Bolivian women are proud of their country and of their origin.

In general, Bolivian women are kind, gentle and family oriented. Traditions are respected in every family and so are very important to every woman, mother. Family based on traditional religious values is basic fundament of Bolivian society and social structure of the country.

Bolivian women are very caring and are worried about welfare of their friends, family, neighbors. They respect friends and friendship in general. Friendship for average Bolivian is very important and even sacred. Bolivian lady respects her dignity and has her own moral principles.