Culture

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...

Healing Spaces

21 Apr, 2016 | Elsemieke de Boer

Local Produce Feeds the Urban ThrongsPhoto: Elsemieke de BoerOn the outskirts of El Alto, peace is found when entering Doña Berta’s carpa solar, or greenhouse, with an abundance of vegetables. It is h...

Hecho en Bolivia

21 Apr, 2016 | Anna Grace

Illustration: Nikolaus Hochstein CoxClaiming the right to call something your own.Whatever your style, whether it’s strolling to the local salteña kiosk, sitting in one of the many salteña-selling cha...

Atlantis in Bolivia

25 Feb, 2016 | Florence Wildblood

Searching for the lost city at Pampa AllaguasWhen people imagine the lost city of Atlantis, they don’t tend to picture an arid, shrubby landscape miles away from the ocean. They think instead of a sun...

The Ruins of Tiwanaku

25 Feb, 2016 | Hugh Ollard

The state of an ancient capitalTiwanaku is the birthplace of a dominant civilisation. It contains examples of agricultural technology and stonework that modern experts still struggle to understand. Ho...

The Auto Body Experience

25 Feb, 2016 | Oliwia Rogala

"My family will open a beer and pour it all over me. For my luck. For our luck."                    ...

History in Hats

13 Jan, 2016 | Nikolaus Cox

Six Key Points of Bolivian History told by Six Key HatsIllustations: Nikolaus CoxHistory can be told in many ways: through stories, photos, and even hats. A hat can speak fathoms about the head it cov...

Mennonites? In Bolivia? Mennonites! In Bolivia!

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Reclusive Religious Sect that Avoids the Rest of this Country‘¡Mala gente, mala gente!’ a Bolivian peach vendor shouts at a tall, pug-faced, cocky man trying to buy things from her whilst speaking i...