Lifestyle

The BX Pets

28 May, 2015 | Valeria Wilde

ILLUSTRATION: MAURICIO WILDEKandinsky the cat was the first of them all. He lived in the BX penthouse on the 19th floor, warming the hearts of the interns who passed by. His death was unexpected. It s...

El Alto Cholets

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

ILLUSTRATION: MARCELO VILLEGASAgainst a backdrop of half-finished houses and buildings fashioned from exposed red brick, El Alto's Neo-Andean Cholets are almost impossible to ignore. From their blindi...

Fortune Tellers

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Here in La Paz, fortune telling is big business. Steeped in the city's history and rich in Aymara culture, this practice is revered by superstitious locals, many of whom would choose a consultation wi...

QUINOA

19 Aug, 2014 | Eve Young

From staple to Super Food  The United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. But why bring this superfood to the public consciousness for just one year alone? Quinoa, a g...

Putting Shoes on their Feet

02 Apr, 2014 | Alison Walsh

Zattaro is an organisation that works with small rural communities to create sustainable development opportunities through fashion products. Bolivian Express visits the women behind an initiative...

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...