Social issues

AGAINST THE GRAIN:

29 Apr, 2014 | Penelope Cartwright

The Unconventional (or Downright Cranky) Restaurateurs of La Paz Even before I learned that this issue of Bolivian Express would be food themed, my housemates were already overwhelming with me with...

AGUA = GUERRA

27 Mar, 2014 | Alison Walsh

When water was worth fighting for In the year 2000, the streets of Cochabamba were turned into a battleground, as the city’s residents protested against the privatisation of their water supply, and...

THE CARNAVAL WATER WARS

27 Mar, 2014 | Laura Van Antwerp

THWACK! I knew the minute I felt it hit my backside. I has just experienced my first globo attack. I spun around to find myself face to face with a grinning boy, no older than ten years of age, c...

NO MORE HEROES

27 Mar, 2014 | Alison Walsh

Eduardo Abaroa: Man and Myth In the centre of the main square of the Sopocachi district of La Paz there sits a man. Perched on top of his plinth, he is a Bolivian hero, a symbol of national pride an...

THEY SEE ME ROLLIN´

08 Mar, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

TORITOS A new form of transport has descended on El Alto. Toritos (‘little bulls’) or mototaxis, as they are otherwise known, have made it their aim to conquer the whole of this ever-expanding ci...

THEY BATIN´

08 Mar, 2014 | Claudia Méndez

THE NEPTUNE The Neptune also known as the aguatero is one of the mightiest of La Paz’s police riot control water engines. It has a 2000 liter capacity and 2 power jet motors, yet this aquatic monste...

LA ESPERA

08 Mar, 2014 | Nia Haf

Seconds, Minutes, Hours It's rush hour in La Paz and hoards of people are making their way through the city. Queues of pedestrians begin to form as people wait to return to El Alto, some heading...

THE BUS WARS

08 Mar, 2014 | Finn Jubak

Minibus Drivers Are Furious About the Puma Katari Buses...But No One Else Seems to Mind On January 20, minibus drivers marched across La Paz and gathered in the Plaza Mayor to protest against...

MORNING ON A MINIBUS

08 Mar, 2014 | Finn Jubak

La Paz is due for a huge change in how its citizens commute. Finn Jubak tags along on a venerable mode of transportation that might soon be a relic of bygone days. I stood in front of the Iglesia...

THE TELEFÉRICO

28 Feb, 2014 | Alison Walsh

From El Alto to Zona Sur La Paz: a unique city, scrambling its way up slopes so steep that only a madman, you would think, could possibly imagine building anything here. And its transport problem...

EL 2

28 Feb, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

These famous blue buses began circulating around the city of La Paz in 1938, and have since become iconic. They barely need signs anymore as they are instantly recognisable from as far as the eye c...

THIS WAS KILOMETER ZERO

28 Feb, 2014 | Nia Haf

La Paz’s train station has been closed for passenger services since 1996. The abandoned building is now engulfed by the construction site of the city's new teleférico and yet there are clear remind...

CRUISING EL LAGO

28 Feb, 2014 | Nia Haf

Lake Titicaca’s boat owners in and around the tourist town of Lake Titicaca. Despite being a landlocked nation there are plenty of opportunity to travel by boat in Bolivia. Bolivia is home to the hi...

TO EL ALTO BY BIKE

28 Feb, 2014 | Alison Walsh

Why getting up the hills is only part of the challenge. La Paz is not a cyclist’s city. A child wobbling around the Plaza Avaroa, a group of lads on BMXs doing tricks, someone slowly plodding up...

CHOLITA POWER

28 Feb, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

It’s been 10 months since El Alto introduced their Municipal Transport Guards (GMTs). It is the city’s response to the friendly zebras roaming the streets of La Paz, cartwheeling across the s...