Social issues

The Post Office Crisis

21 Sep, 2017 | Fabián Zapata

Photos: Fabián ZapataAs electronic communications become the norm, an old institution gathers dustOne of the most important buildings in the city of La Paz is the central post office: a daunting 20-st...

Can Utopias Last?

21 Sep, 2017 | Catriona Fraser

Photos: Catriona FraserA glance at the María Auxiliadora community in CochabambaThe history of Bolivia is rife with violence and disruption. Even the name of its presidential palace, el Palacio Quemad...

Revisiting the TIPNIS debate

21 Sep, 2017 | Catriona Fraser and Caroline Risacher

Photo: Bx CrewA game-changing law that endangers the parkBack in 2011, we printed a special edition themed around the TIPNIS, which stands for the Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory...

The Nikkei of Bolivia

21 Sep, 2017 | Nick Ferris

Photo: Nick FerrisSeeking utopia halfway across the worldDeep in the breadbasket country of eastern Bolivia, around the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, exists something rather remarkable. In the cent...

La Paz Aims to Be a Super Host

24 Aug, 2017 | Michael Protheroe

Photo: Iván RodriguezThe changing face of tourism in La PazIn 2014, after a successful Internet campaign, La Paz was included on the New7Wonders Cities list. As a result of this, the municipal agency...

The Dos and Don’ts of El Alto Market

23 Aug, 2017 | Rossie Collier

Photos: Esteban TerrazasHere at Bolivian Express we’re giving you a ‘Dos and Don’ts’ guide of the best second-hand clothes on offer at El Alto market. Forget the alpaca jumpers and ‘gringo’ trousers a...

A Greener La Paz

23 Aug, 2017 | Daniel Johnson

Photo: Courtesy of EMAVERDEEmaverde’s mission to protect and create parks in the cityLa Paz, which spreads across 472 km², is fairly big by Bolivian standards. While its little sister, El Alto, gives...

Bohemia PAPEL

23 Aug, 2017 | Hannah Chukwu

Photo: Hannah ChukwuPlanting seeds of hope for Bolivia’s sustainable futureWalking into the Bohemia Papel workshop feels a little like walking into Wonderland. Every surface is covered in a miscellany...

The Slopes of Bolivian Skiing

23 Aug, 2017 | Felix Medlock

Text: Editorial BoardPhotos: Carlos IbañezIs There a Future?Chacaltaya, an hour and a half north of La Paz, was the highest-altitude ski resort in the world until 2009, when it closed due to lack of s...

Programa Inteligencia Emocional (PIE)

19 Jul, 2017 | Julie Gaynes

The Emotional Approach At the forefront of new education developments are both private and public organisations strategising for equality in schools and empowering children through interdisciplinary c...

Art and Identity

19 Jul, 2017 | Michael Protheroe

With a series of LGBT+-related events running over the last few weeks in La Paz, I discovered a ‘¿Literatura homosexual en Bolivia?’ panel, and, not knowing much about Bolivian literature, I was intri...

Decolonising Language Education

19 Jul, 2017 | Michael Protheroe

Illustration: Hugo L. CuéllarThe challenges of reform in a diverse BoliviaBolivia, or the Plurinational State of Bolivia, has 37 official languages. Roughly 70% of the population identifies as indigen...

ZERA: Lessons of Light

19 Jul, 2017 | Julie Gaynes

Photo: Alvaro ManzanoZERA: Lessons of LightThe state of public education in Bolivia is slowly improving despite slippery oversight and limited funding. Even massive reform from money-lending instituti...

A World Without Evil

19 Jul, 2017 | Julie Gaynes

Jesus welcomes readers with open arms on the covers of books teaching Valores in Bolivia. But in practice he is just a familiar face, breathing a message of unity without diminishing other truths. Wit...

Tinder in Bolivia

25 Jun, 2017 | Yolande Rowson and Alex Walker

A swipe to the right, a super-like, a winking emoji: these are the sonnets and perfumed love letters of a techno-literate generation. There is no environment with a higher pressure to perform, where s...