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Home to La Paz

20 Jul, 2016 | Laetitia Nappert-Rosales

Once young people left Bolivia to pursue their dream; now they are coming back to find it.Photos: Laetitia Nappert-Rosales‘Something that started growing in my mind was the idea of a Bolivian Dream.’...

Becoming a World Wonder

20 Jul, 2016 | María Fernandez

Photo: Alexandra Meleán AnzoleagaThe Campaign that Turned La Paz into a wonderful CityWhen Raúl Pérez first heard of the New Seven Wonders Cities contest, he figured nominating his city was quite a lo...

Coming of Age in Bolivia

22 Jun, 2016 | Karina Guzmán

The Local Road to AdulthoodIllustration: Richard Sanchez JaillitaGrowing up is never easy. Around the globe, we have witnessed the so-called Peter Pan generation increasingly put-off adulthood and ref...

A Drought in the Land of the Eagle People

15 May, 2016 | Ruben Mamani Paco

Photo: William WroblewskiUsually the rainy season on the Bolivian altiplano – the arid high plateau that stretches from northern Chile and Argentina, through western Bolivia and to southern Peru – com...

Hearts and Crafts

15 May, 2016 | Karina Guzmán

Indigenous Artisans Create SolidarityPhoto Courtesy of Artecampo and CIDACAsk backpackers who have spent any amount of time straddling the spine of the Andes what they remember about Bolivia, and they...

Cervical Cancer in Rural Bolivia

15 May, 2016 | Karina Guzman

Almost Entirely Preventable, the Disease Still Takes Its TollPhoto: William WroblewskiNicolasa, an 84-year-old widow, says that she moved to Pucarani – a community 55 kilometres from La Paz – after ge...

Living on the Edge

21 Apr, 2016 | Anna Grace

Photo: Anna GraceLife in Bolivian Border TownsSurrounded by land on all sides, it is not surprising that Bolivia can call itself a neighbour to no fewer than five countries in total. Brazil, Peru, Chi...

Mujeres Luchando

21 Apr, 2016 | Clara Buxton

The unfinished struggle to take back the streetsPhoto: Michael Dunn C.‘I remember I was waiting on the corner near my house and a car went by. The driver’s friend whistled at me. It was so uncomfortab...

Día del mar

21 Apr, 2016 | Ellen Frank-Delgado

Photos:Ellen Frank-DelgadoThe century old struggle for Avaroa’s coastlineIn the days leading up to Día del Mar, Plaza Abaroa is a tranquil place. All that can be heard are the sounds of gardeners peac...

Extranjeros en Bolivia

21 Apr, 2016 | Ellen Frank-Delgado

Finding home across the borderAccording to the National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia, the country had 562,461 immigrants living inside its borders in 2012. Yet, in an increasingly complex and in...

Elephant Cemeteries

28 Mar, 2016 | Hugh Ollard

Photo: William WroblewskiFinding death in hidden bars across La PazThe windows are curtained, boarded-up or papered over. A black iron shutter covers the only door at the entrance. In front of the bro...

Cocaine and Lithium

28 Mar, 2016 | Oliwia Rogala

Photo: Oliwia RogalaTwo drugs that challenge the country‘From coca leaves to lithium, Bolivia is rich in beautiful and dangerous resources.’Coca leaves are deeply rooted in Bolivian history and tradit...

The Catastrophe of Lago Poopó

25 Feb, 2016 | Kit Fretz

When Bolivia's second largest lake dries up, what is left behind?                      &nb...

Lo Ocurrido

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Journey Through TimeShe climbs toward the light. The elder cholita drags her legs, weeping willows as heavy as the memory of her grandchildren. Snow dances on Illimani’s three peaks. Another woman a...

Mennonites? In Bolivia? Mennonites! In Bolivia!

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Reclusive Religious Sect that Avoids the Rest of this Country‘¡Mala gente, mala gente!’ a Bolivian peach vendor shouts at a tall, pug-faced, cocky man trying to buy things from her whilst speaking i...