Social issues

Amartelo - The Love Sickness

15 Feb, 2013 | Luciana Molina

Whether we’ve been heartbroken or experienced deep suffering at the loss of a loved one, most of us have been lovesick at some point in our lives. In the Andes we have a name for this malady: amartelo...

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...

Tall Tales of La Paz

10 Jan, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

How to Avoid Getting Mugged in the City 'Boteros, lanceros, monrreros, descuidistas, cuenteros, jaladores, pildoritas, secuestro express, cumbreros, carreros, cogoteros, documenteros....’ Thus be...

Oversight to Overhaul

21 Nov, 2012 | Theo Haynes

The bodies in the Room When the Red Cross carried out a diagnosis of the Bolivian medical services in early 2011, one of the most distressing issues was the infrastructure of the morgue in La Paz. T...

Weaving Dreams

04 Nov, 2012 | Rose Acton

Stitching their way across the seams of country borders, Bolivians head south in search of a better future. With over 1.2 million residents, the largest Bolivian community outside the country is...

City Lights

04 Nov, 2012 | Tjitske Anna Zwart

Rural-Urban migration Trajectories in the Bolivian Andes At 4,150 meters above sea level, towering above the city of La Paz, you’ll find El Alto: a migrant town made up almost entirely of indigen...

Bolivian Immigrants in Brazil

03 Nov, 2012 | Manuel Montenegro da Cruz

Weaving a New Living As is the case in several other issues in Brazilian-Bolivian relations, migration poses both a common challenge and an opportunity for cooperation. Conservative estimat...

Londres Habia Sido Bien

02 Nov, 2012 | Joanna Thom

Despite the distance from their families and difficulties in their new country, Bolivian immigrants have found a corner in which to feel at home in London. Dozens of languages reverberate through...

Ir y Venir

02 Nov, 2012 | Kirsty Walter

Many of the thousands of Bolivians who migrated to Spain the beginning of the 21st century faced disappointment, difficulties and discrimination. Those who eventually returned to their home country of...

The homes of the homeless

30 Sep, 2012 | Felix de Grey

Daniel Escalante and his mission to change the situation of the city’s street children As night-time begins to envelop the streets of La Paz, thousands of street children, many of them shoeshine...

Music, money and the messiah: Rocking Out for Christ

02 Jul, 2012 | Naomi Cohen

La Casa de la Casa, titan of the Bolivian rock industry, is not a corporate production house. The difference lies in the details: swap the glimmering skyscraper for a pasty one-storey ‘T’, the jet-set...

It’s a dog’s life in La Paz

01 Jul, 2012 | Helena Cavell

Leashless, a Scottish terrier takes itself for a measured stroll down the avenida San Pedro. Strays are a reality in any major city, but in La Paz loose dogs are often not the tramps they appear to be...

La Senda Verde

01 Jul, 2012 | Harry Shepherd

La Senda Verde animal refuge, located below the town of Coroico in the heart of the Amazon basin, is a safe haven for a range of wildlife. More than simply housing and feeding the monkeys, tortoises,...