Bolivia Is Now a McDonald's-Free Zone It's the only nation in Latin America to lose the arches By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Dec 27, 2011 6:35 PM CST Updated Dec 31, 2011 10:40 AM CST 41 comments Comments You won't be seeing these in Bolivia. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (Newser) – Those traveling in Bolivia can forget about a Big Mac. McDonald's has closed its eight restaurants there because of weak sales, making Bolivia the only nation in Latin America without the golden arches, reports the Hispanically Speaking News blog. The chain tried without success for 14 years to gain a foothold in the nation. The blog's take: "Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene standards and proper cook time." Ouch. Treehugger loves the development and wished the rest of the world valued meals as much as Bolivians apparently do.