Culture

CHOLETS

25 Jul, 2014 | Alex Walker

The Neo-Andean Wave Sweeping El Alto Gaudy and garish, the mini- mansions of El Alto stand as striking symbols of Bolivia’s new Aymara bourgeoisie. It is a phenomenon that has exploded so quickly o...

PIMP MY SIGHT

25 Jul, 2014 | VALERIA WILDE

Valeria Wilde looks beyond the signs and stickers to understand the unintentional urban aesthetic shaping Bolivia’s cities. Many people who pass through this city of contrasts, mysteries and pecu...

The Bolivian Cult of K-Pop

25 Jul, 2014 | Alex Walker

Mention K-Pop to a non-obsessive and their knowledge of the genre will most likely extend to Park Jae-sang’s Gangnam Style and, if you’re lucky, its sequel Gentlemen — think Alvin And The Chipmunks: T...

IDENTITY

25 Jul, 2014 | INSKE GROENEN

Can its Origin be Found in Bolivia? Bolivians are as diverse as the landscape they live in. While one Paceño is lively and energetic like the dense Amazon, his neighbour may well be a quiet la...

A MINING OLIGARCH IN FOOTBALL

25 Jun, 2014 | Inske Groenen

Earth's riches join the game The big pyramid-shaped mountain overlooking Potosí has always had its power over the city. The silver coming from this Cerro Rico –rich hill– once brought unbelievabl...

CUMBIA CHICHA

22 May, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

Wilmer Machaca explains the social significance of one of the most popular (yet marginalised) musical styles in the country. Cumbia is very popular in Latin America: originally from Colombia, vir...

PERIFÉRICA BOULEVARD

21 May, 2014 | Alex Walker

Underworlds in Bolivian Literature At the turn of the 20th century, writing in Bolivia almost exclusively tackled surface issues like campesino life and later the globalisation of the nation. ‘Pe...

DARK GODS, DARK RITES

21 May, 2014 | Alex Walker

When Ukrainian model and Barbie doppelgänger Valeria Lukyanova proclaimed herself to be a reincarnation of the Tiwanakan god Wiracocha, little did she know that she was adding to Bolivia’s long, dark...

Mercadito Pop

17 May, 2014 | Leo Nelson Jones

Popping Up Soon—at an Unspecified Location Near you Mercadito POP was originally created in June 2012 as an underground and economically collaborative Pop-Up crafts fair in La Paz. The organizers sa...

WATIA

29 Apr, 2014 | Penelope Cartwright

The Fading Art of Cooking in the Earth Watia, the art of cooking food by burying it in hot earth, is an ancient Bolivian tradition. For Bolivians, cooking this way is to live the rituals and shar...

THE GREEN GHOST OF LA PAZ

29 Apr, 2014 | Neil Suchak

Ajenjo, the Bolivian Absinthe As you walk into Café Etno on Calle Jaen you might be forgiven for thinking that you were no longer in La Paz, but had been transported to a bar in a trendy district of...

CARNE DE LLAMA

29 Apr, 2014 | Alan Pierce

The corral of llamas gazed haughtily at me. Their jaws chewed side-to-side, a short row of buckteeth jutting out to form an overall aura of aloof heartiness. I had come to this remote llama farm in th...

NOT FOR THE FAINT OF STOMACH

29 Apr, 2014 | Chloe Barran

An exploration of Bolivia’s most unexpected delicacies Cabecitas The restaurant El Solar de las Cabecitas is an open room painted with warm red and orange. Decorative mirrors cover the back wall...

STONE SOUP

29 Apr, 2014 | Ollie Vargas

A Quechua soup originating from Potosí, kallapurca is thought to have been popularised around the 17th century. Characterised above all by the fact that the broth is boiled using heated pieces of volc...

BOLIVIAN SPIRIT

29 Apr, 2014 | Neil Suchak

When thinking about Bolivian alcohol, the most likely things to come to mind would be beers such as Paceña or Huari, Tarijan wines or singani. Besides these select few, the world of Bolivian spirits m...