Culture

Cochabamba and Chrome

21 Nov, 2016 | Toby Clyde

Photo: Matt ColemanClassic bikers in sharp suits raise awareness of men’s healthLike a sea captain with an expensive taste in motorbikes, Nicanor Calderón arrives, dressed not so much to impress as to...

The man behind the masks

24 Oct, 2016 | Ellen Weaver

Illustration: Alexandra MeléanSaturnino Ibañez and the face of Bolivian folkloreCalle Los Andes is a hidden gem of La Paz. Located just off Avenida Buenos Aires, this colourful incline will take you o...

Drifting through the White City

24 Oct, 2016 | Alexis Galanis

Photo: Alexis GalanisThe stories that lie behind the walls of SucreThe city is known by many names: Charcas, La Plata, Sucre. The uniform whiteness of its walls covers up its seismic historical shifts...

Reading aguayos

24 Oct, 2016 | Jet De Kort

Photos: Iván Rodríguez Petkovic .Camijeta image Courtesy of MusefDecoding the myths of local communitiesWalking down the crowded streets of Mercado Rodriguez, surrounded by vendors selling odds and en...

A Two Way Road

03 Oct, 2016 | Eduardo Baptista

Illustration: Mauricio WildeA Korean Organization’s Growing Relationship with La PazIt is no secret that, by definitions set by the United Nations, Bolivia is one of the most ‘underdeveloped’ countrie...

Old Market, New Medicine

26 Sep, 2016 | Toby Clyde

Photo: Toby ClydeThe changing products of the Witches MarketThe name, El Mercado de las Brujas or the Witches Market, does little to accurately describe the bustling medicine and ritual trade just off...

From Bhutan to Bolivia

26 Sep, 2016 | Alexis Galanis

Photo: Alexis GalanisThe Challenges of Measuring Living Well‘This is the challenge of our generation,’ states Simon Yampara, a leading Aymara sociologist, speaking at the presentation of his new book...

A Close Knit Alpaca Company

28 Aug, 2016 | Maria Mayböck

Photo: Maria MayböckLooking Abroad to Preserve a TraditionAs soon as Simon Huanca sits down at a knitting machine, it is clear just how familiar he is with what has been his livelihood for decade...

Let Them Read

28 Aug, 2016 | Maria Mayböck

How Harry Potter is Saving the Book World Again‘The average Bolivian doesn’t read,’ says Sebastian Antezana, author of La Toma Manuscrito,  which won the “Premio Nacional de Novela” in 2008. Ther...

Héroe Paceño

20 Jul, 2016 | Abigail Alves

Photo: Abigail AlvesJosé Antonio Saavedra Keeps Murillo’s Torch Burning‘You need a lot of strength to carry this torch.’Pitch black hair greased over, a moustache sharper than a cutting knife and an e...

Valle de La Luna

20 Jul, 2016 | Abigail Alves

Celebrating the Aymara New Year in La PazPhoto: Isabel IonShe lays out her coca leaves over page 10 of El Dia’s June issue seated by herself in La Paz’s entrance to Valle de La Luna. She’s donning a n...

The Unstoppable Pepe Murillo

20 Jul, 2016 | Luke Henriques-Gomes

Photo: Luke Henriques-GomesThe Peña’s Elder Statesman Reflects on His Storied Past, and Looks to the FutureAsk Pepe Murillo a question about his life, and he responds with a song. In the living r...

Dancing through Difference

22 Jun, 2016 | Sareena Kamath

An Exploration of the Various Cultural Identities Showcased at Gran PoderPhotos: Sareena Kamath, William Wroblewski and Valeria WildeLa Fiesta de Señor Jesús de Gran Poder, often called Gran Poder for...

Quechua in the City

15 May, 2016 | Amy Booth

Photo: Amy BoothThe switch is instant. I’m in a dry river bed with my tour guide, David. One moment, he is explaining in clear, relaxed Spanish how fossilized dinosaur footprints are formed. The next,...

I am a Takana and the Jungle is my Home.

21 Apr, 2016 | Nikolaus Hochstein Cox

Photo: Nikolaus Hochstein CoxWhere science and spirituality meet under the Amazonian canopyParque Madidi, in northwestern Bolivia, and its surrounding Amazonian territories, is a vast collection...