Plaza Gral José Ballivián

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Trinidad , Bolivia
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Trinidad’s loveliest feature is Plaza Gral José Ballivián, with its tall, tropical trees, lush gardens and community atmosphere. You can spend a pleasant evening eating ice cream and listening to the rhythmic drone of hundreds of motorcycles orbiting around the square. In the past, the traffic was refereed by a police officer who sat in a big wooden chair and conjured up red, yellow and green traffic lights by touching an electric wire against one of three nails. On the south side of the plaza, the cathedral , built on the site of an earlier Jesuit church, is an unimpressive building that doesn’t even have its own bells – the on-the-hour bell ringing is played from a recording.