Social issues

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...

Cock-a-doodle-doo

21 Jan, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca, Amaru Villanueva

Wilmer Machaca takes us on a musical tour of chicken-inspired popular local classics With additional research by Amaru Villanueva Rance The first musical memory of many Bolivians is without a dou...

Ruling the Roost

21 Jan, 2014 | Mila Araoz, Amaru Villanueva

The Mendoza-Donlan family explain what it is like to keep chickens as pets. They were a Christmas present for our children, we bought five chicks. We were told white chickens are reared for their me...

The Colours of Cruelty

21 Jan, 2014 | Claudia Mendez Sanabria

The most profound minds of all time have felt compassion for animalsFriedrich Nietzsche As a child in the 80’s I used to walk past street fairs lined with splintering old boxes with a chirping medle...

The Chicken Jugglers

21 Jan, 2014 | Amalie Mersh

La Paz’s most loved feathered family. 'They are here on Thursdays and Fridays' was the first thing we were told. Then we got: 'No, they aren’t here today. They only work from the 1st to the 15th...

Revolutionary Spirit

16 Dec, 2013 | Amalie Mersh

The 10-year anniversary for Octubre Negro has recently passed—a dark mark reminding Bolivians that standing up for yourself can lead to great sacrifices. Talking to a journalist, a political analys...

Salud, Seco!

07 Dec, 2013 | John Downes & Amaru Villanueva Rance

John Downes roams the streets and bars of the country in a quest to discover Bolivia’s most traditional tragos Singani: WHAT: Singani is Bolivia's national drink. It is made using Muscat...

FAKE TALES OF PLAZA SAN FRANSISCO

20 Oct, 2013 | John Downes

John Downes dives into Bolivia’s counterfeit clothing market The fact that Bolivia has a word to describe anything fake or knock-off ('trucho' or 'trucha') goes some way towards explaining the p...

DO NOT PASS GO - Do not collect two hundred bolivianos

24 Sep, 2013 | Sophia Vahdati

Sophia Vahdati visits San Pedro prison to learn that the games of life played by inmates are not all that different to those played on the outside Describing all this now makes...