Bolivia is a landlocked and mostly mountainous country, so at first glance one would assume that it has no use for lighthouses. However, there is navigation on both sides of the country. On the west, Bolivia and Perú share the waters of Lake Titicaca. Ferries and tour boats are busy on the lake, despite its altitude of roughly 3800 m (12,500 ft). On the east side, the 11 km (7 mi) long Canal Tamengo links the town of Puerto Suárez on Lago Cáceres in Bolivia to the Rio Paraguai at Corumbá, Brazil, providing Bolivia with a somewhat tenuous connection with the Río de la Plata, some 1300 km (810 mi) downstream. There is a project to improve this long route for barge traffic, but due to environmental concerns it is not clear that the project will be completed.
Aids to navigation in Bolivia are maintained by the Servicio Nacional de Hidrografía Naval (SNHN), an agency of the Naval Force (Fuerza Naval Boliviana). The August 2010 Notice to Mariners lists most of the lights as being "inoperable," but it appears that efforts were underway to get them all back into service.
BOL numbers are those appearing on the Bolivian light list; for Lake Titicaca these numbers are chosen to extend the numbering on the Peruvian list. Bolivian lighthouses are not listed by ARLHS or by the international light lists.
Servicio Nacional de Hidrografía Naval photo
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Created September 21, 2010. Checked and revised June 20, 2014. Lighthouses: 4. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.