Culture

The Rise of the Past

29 Jun, 2015 | Laura Chitty

Bolivians Between Spiritual WorldsThe largest indigenous groups in Bolivia are the Aymaras and Quechuas. The former are mostly found in the vast plains of the altiplano region on the west of Bolivia,...

The Church of Ayahuasca

28 May, 2015 | Valeria Wilde

ILLUSTRATION: MARCO TOXICOFor Andean and Amazonian indigenous cultures in Bolivia, hallucinogenic plants are synonymous  to medicine, spirituality and even religion. Ever since ancestral times, a...

The Danish Invasion

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: JULES TUSSEAUDenmark and Bolivia are worlds apart, both geographically and culturally. Yet a Danish community is emerging in La Paz, made up of more than typical expats who have come to ‘find t...

El Clásico

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: MICHAEL DUNN CACERESPapá Bolívar in our hearts and celestial blue passion running through our veins. The age-old rivalry fuels an ever unpredictable outcome. Win or lose, triumph or defeat—we a...

The Many Colours of Carnaval

28 May, 2015 | Sophia Vahdati

PHOTO: SZYMON KOCHANSKIOver 200 years old and officially one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the Carnaval de Oruro, a tradition of hedonism and spectacle, rem...

Lolita the Kosher Chef

28 May, 2015 | Sharoll Fernandez

PHOTO: NICK SOMERSEvery morning, Lolita leaves her house at 8 am so she can be on time to make the bread. She has been part of the Chabad Lubavitch for four years, working for the rabbi’s family as a...

Michael Jackson is alive

28 May, 2015 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

PHOTO: IVAN RODRIGUEZ PETKOVICOne of the most striking characteristics of La Paz, emerging from the depths of informal labour, is the artistic display of informal shows that take place in the centre o...

Taxi Trivia

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: AMARU VILLANUEVA RANCESomewhere amongst the abundance of radio taxis and the rather suspect missing-a-headlight cabs, you can find a driver named Mario Durán, who famously challenges his passen...

La Quinceañera

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: LINDA MARKLUNDIn Bolivia, fifteen is the age that a girl enters into womanhood, and the quinceañera tradition dictates that an extravagant party is thrown to celebrate this rite of passage. It...

Urban Cemetery

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: MICHAEL DUNN CACERESWalking through the general cemetery of La Paz, I was astounded at how strange and different it looked to anywhere I had seen before, with various blocks of what looked like...

Kilometre Zero

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: NIA HAFThe central station of the red teleférico line is situated next to what used to be La Paz’s only train station. It shut down in 1996 as the tracks had been deteriorating for years, along...

Día del Mar

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

PHOTO: MICHAEL DUNN CACERES Bolivia is one of two landlocked countries in South America, with a long, painful history regarding the sea. On March 23, 1879, Bolivia lost the War of the Pacific to...

Psalms and Skulls

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

PHOTO: AMARU VILLANUEVA RANCEIf you happen to be in La Paz in November, you’ll find yourself immersed in two Bolivian festivities for the dead: Todos Santos and Las Ñatitas. On the first of the month,...

Happy Aymara New Year!

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

PHOTO: ALEXANDRA MELEANThis June 21st marks the 5,523rd Aymara New Year, an annual celebration that attracts 50,000 attendees and is held at the Tiwanaku ruins. The event begins in the evening and con...

General Gina

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

While Bolivia's military remains a highly male-dominated institution, there is no question that Gina Reque Teran, the country's first woman to assume the rank of General of the Armed Forces, is breaki...