Culture

Top 10 reasons to watch ¿Quién mató a la llamita blanca?

18 Jul, 2011 | Rosalie Bonnefoi

There’s no doubt that cinema is a crucial way of immersing yourself into the culture of a country, especially to discover the mentality of its people, history, humour, and a whole way of thinking are...

Best night spots

18 Jul, 2011 | Camilla Swift and Helen Reid

THE MOST QUIRKY: La Costilla de Adán - Pasaje Aspiazu 743 Discreet and mysterious, La Costilla is a hidden gem. The owner opened the twostory place in what was his home, and has crammed it full of cur...

Coroico

16 Jul, 2011 | Ivan Rodriguez P.

Away from the more popular image of Carnival - as a pounding, overcrowded riot of colours in which there is no distinction between those who dance, drink, chuck water or shout desperately for the next...

Carnival - first hand

16 Jul, 2011 | Ciaran Raymer

Oruro. Sounds tropical doesn’t it? Well, if you’re ever lucky enough to be in Oruro to experience the Carnival, an extra layer of clothing will go a long way! Alternatively you could take advantage of...

Danse avec eux

16 Jul, 2011 | Camilla Swift

"Live this joyful moment - and share it with friends" The Oruro Carnival is Bolivia’s biggest cultural event of the year, but what’s it like to be a foreigner dancing in the opening parade of thi...

Creating carnival

16 Jul, 2011 | Camilla Swift

Since arriving in Bolivia in February, I’ve been looking forward to Carnival, and my experience in Oruro last weekend certainly didn’t let me down. Colourful streamers, confetti and banners lined the...

Dancing devils and crazy cucumbers

16 Jul, 2011 | Camilla Swift

Taking time to learn about some of the characters and costumes of carnival leads to an understanding of the importance and sincerity of the homage that oruro - and other bolivian communities - pay to...

The people live El Carnaval

16 Jul, 2011 | Mads Ryle

INTERVIEW WITH FERNANDO CAJIAS Dr. Fernando Cajias de la Vega is former Culture Minister for Bolivia, currently Professor of History and Deacon of Humanities and Education Sciences at San Andres...

Forget Christmas

15 Jul, 2011 | Juan Manuel Miranda Martinez

Forget Christmas: it's January. Which, in the Bolivian calendar at least, means it's time both for the Alasita Festival ('Alasita' thought to be derived from an Aymara word meaning 'to buy for one­sel...

Flaviada

15 Jul, 2011 | Jessica Cruel

A family affair Behind a black door at 2448 Avenida Ecuador lies 'La Casa de las Flaviadas.' But it is much more than a home - it is a shrine to classical music and the life of a man with a pass...

Around and about in La Paz

14 Jul, 2011 | Sarah Lund

Follow Sarah Lund on a free ramble through the sights, sounds, smells and surprises of the Bolivian capital. The city of La Paz climbs up the surrounding mountainsides and you’ll have to climb yours...

A user’s guide to getting around in La Paz

14 Jul, 2011 | Steven Nathe

Every big-city transportation system has its quirks and La Paz is no exception. This guide is intended for the visitor or short-term resident who wants a leg up before subiendo one of the many options...

Paceño Style

27 Aug, 2010 | Olivia Alter and Katie Lark

Forget bowler hats, long skirts, shawls and plaits - there’s more to Bolivian fashion than the cholita uniform. We headed to the city centre, around San Francisco, to see what other styles we could f...

One Last August Rite

27 Aug, 2010 | Niall Maccrann

I couldn’t help myself. Bolivia’s festive fever swept me up and carried me off to where I wasn’t supposed to be, to Copacabana’s celebrations. As I was assigned to report on everything that wasn’t Aug...

Bolivia's Real Death Road

27 Aug, 2010 | Emma Hall

On entering the Cementerio General of La Paz, the presence of Catholic and generally European traditions related to death struck me straight away. Cholitas had unearthed black variants of their tradit...