Lifestyle

WHAT'S FAIR AND PRETTY

17 Jun, 2013 | Jonathan Coubrough

Photo: Michael Newport CC @Flickr Every Sunday Mariano Roque Ylofayo travels 60 km from the city of Sucre to Tarabuco to sell traditional local clothing at the town’s legendary market. The histor...

LACEMAN

17 Jun, 2013 | Jonathan Coubrough

Photo: Amaru Villanueva Rance 'Guatos !' a man shouts from a passing car, as Pedro Machaca slowly stumbles down Avenida Montenegro, with an assortment of colourful shoelaces slung over his shou...

CREATING NEW OUT OF OLD

15 Jun, 2013 | Sophia Howe

Photo: Sophia Howe For the past year Oscar Herrera has been running an original stand, called ZAFAR, along with his partner Miguel Sanchez Gomez. They sell the most eccentric designs and colourfu...

Blind Love

15 Feb, 2013 | Selene Pinto

"When the sun shines, he comes close to me and he can see the sparkle in my eyes', says Fernanda while embracing Franklin. They are both gradually losing their sight and are almost completely blind. H...

Getting to the Heart of It

15 Feb, 2013 | Hayden Aldredge

Anticuchos, The True Heart of La Paz It was late one evening, possibly early in the morning, and I had one single mission: to find some sustenance in order to make bearable the walk to our next d...

Constellation Sacaba

30 Jan, 2013 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

The Ch’askitas, named after the quechua word for star, are Sacaba’s latest girl-band export. Amaru Villanueva Rance went to meet these folk starlets to learn their story, and left with three goddaught...

Faces of El Alto Market

30 Jan, 2013 | Niall Flynn; Joel Balsam

If the end of the world arrives on December 21, as the Mayans predicted, two things will survive: cockroaches and the Feria de El Alto. Every Sunday and Thursday, thousands flock to one of South Ameri...

Grand Designs - Apocalyptic Architecture

30 Jan, 2013 | Joel Balsam

At the End of Days ‘It’s been a historical dilemma for Andean cities’, said Bolivian architect Mijael Bumuller. ‘An increase in demographics causes thousands to move to, and build on, the side of...

Enchulame La Maquina

10 Jan, 2013 | Theo Haynes

Pimp my Ride, Bolivia Neon lights more evocative of the Christmas season than high-performance motoring; oversized exhausts with noises so strange they suggest engine malfunction rather than power;...

Expensive Smiles

04 Jan, 2013 | Theo Haynes

Cholita fashion is certainly eye catching, thanks to their sequined shawls, multi-layered polleras and distinctive bowler hats. However, once you get talking to many cholitas you may notice a special...

Kandinsky

20 Nov, 2012 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

An Obituary Our dear feline friend Kandinsky, known by the hundreds of people who passed through the Bolivian Express flat, passed away on the 9th of October 2012. His human father, Amaru Villanueva...

Ohh La la, ooh La Paz!

04 Nov, 2012 | Rose Acton and Laetitia Grevers

From Joie de Vivre to Suma Qamaña Sopocachi, with its charming cafes and bohemian feel, is commonly thought of as the pseudo-French district of La Paz. The French influence is instantly recognisa...

Claudia Balderrama: Bolivia’s race walker

14 Aug, 2012 | Xenia Elsaesser

'We need women who are fighters, who are more enterprising. They must not be submissive' 'The only thing I can be is Claudia Balderrama. Nothing else. That is it.’ Claudia Balderrama speaks softl...

Bound by beauty

14 Aug, 2012 | Tayler Tucker

Concepts of belleza in modern Bolivia The crowd gathers, huddling together, holding balloons and unlit fi recrackers in Plaza Alonso de Mendoza in La Paz. They are all anticipating the parading c...

Live music reviews

02 Jul, 2012 | Harry Shepherd

Friday 4th MayATAJO @ Target Urbano, La Paz La Paz’s rightly famous indie-reggae- rock band ATAJO produced yet another accomplished and entertaining performance in Bolivia’s de facto capital at t...