A detailed history of the early editions of the Bolivarian Games between 1938 and 1989 was published in a book written (in Spanish) by José Gamarra Zorrilla, former president of the Bolivian Olympic Committee, and first president (1976-1982) of ODESUR. Gold medal winners from Ecuador were published by the Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano.
A total of 30 events were contested, 21 by men and 9 by women.
^N.N. (November 29, 1965), Subcampeones en Femenino (in Spanish), El Tiempo, p. 17, retrieved December 17, 2013. Photo of the podium with Isolina Vergara the gold medalist and the silver medalist from Panama.