ARTICLES OF Caroline Risacher

Animals at altitude

30 Jun, 2012 | Caroline Risacher

The immense Bolivian altiplano is a high plateau covering over 100,000 square kilometers between 3,000 and 4,900 meters above sea level. Its landscape varies from grassy fields to seemingly desolate v...

The Journey of the Dead

18 Nov, 2012 | Caroline Risacher

Conceptions of Death in the Bolivian Andes According to the Aymara conception of the world, life is not a state but a process. Everything that exists – solid or conceptual – has an opposite compa...

Tall Tales of La Paz

10 Jan, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

How to Avoid Getting Mugged in the City 'Boteros, lanceros, monrreros, descuidistas, cuenteros, jaladores, pildoritas, secuestro express, cumbreros, carreros, cogoteros, documenteros....’ Thus be...

Love in the Andes

15 Feb, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

Courtship and Marriage Rites in the Altiplano Within the Andean conception of life, getting married follows a higher purpose than simply finding a companion for life. The idea of dating for weeks...

The White Gold - Lithium

14 Mar, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

The need for alternative energy sources is increasingly becoming a worldwide priority. Oil and natural gas, on which we have become so reliant, are not sustainable sources. Efforts to change our ways,...

The End of the World . . . As We Know It

02 Jan, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

How Bolivia Is Going to Survive the Apocalypse The world is going to end on December 21, 2012, the Maya warned us. According to their beliefs, on that date we will arrive at the end of the 5,125-yea...

LA PAZ´S WASTEWATER CRISIS

15 Apr, 2017 | Caroline Risacher

Photo: Nick SomersThe Río Choqueyapu’s journey from mighty Amazon tributary to the sewers of La Paz.Toxic foamy water and muddy brown slush are rotting with a variety of discarded rubbish. The pungent...

Malabarista fashion

25 Jun, 2017 | Caroline Risacher

Photos: Nick somers and Fabian ZapataOr, how to dress like a hippieThe 2017 guidebook on how to be a hippie is very clear:Be from Argentina, Chile, or ColombiaCongregate in specific places in South Am...