Who are the people of Bolivia?

The three largest indigenous groups of Bolivia are the Aymara, Quechua and Guarani, although in Bolivia there are nearly 30 native indigenous groups including the Moxeños, Sirionó, Uru Uru, Tiahuanacotas and others. Many people think Bolivians are descendants of the Inca. The Inca, from further North than the territory now occupied by Bolivia, moved down into the area and defeated the Aymara, assimilating and mixing with them, which is why the Aymara often describe themselves as descendants of the Inca.



The people of Bolivia are not all indigenous, however. Most are mestizo (a mix of races or nationalities. Even those who identify with Aymara or Quechua descent are mostly mestizo). There are many descendants of Spanish (most Bolivians have some Spanish ancestry), Germans, Jewish, Swiss, Italians, Americans, Canadians, Brazilians, Lebanon, Japan, Korea, China, and more.