Inside a Bolivian Home
Many people in Bolivian cities live in flats and apartments.
Other people live in colonial Bolivian houses. They are rectangular in shape. There is an open courtyard in the middle of the house. The rooms are built around the courtyard. There are covered walkways around the house. The roofs of the covered walkways are held up by columns so that you can walk all the way around the house without getting wet if it rains. Sometimes there are two courtyards. The one in the front of the house would haver fountains and fruit trees. The courtyard at the back was used for storage and to shelter animals. This is where the servant’s quarters were too.
The people living in the Andes usually used carved stone to build their houses and temples. Other houses were built of mud and straw roofs or adobe and straw.
The Urus, who live on Lake Titicaca, use totora reeds to build their houses. The reeds are found on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The houses are built on floating islands which are also made from the totora reeds.