Social issues

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...

La Hora Boliviana

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Meditation on Timeliness in BoliviaI come from a place of harsh deadlines and harsher sentiments on tardiness. School, the workplace, the dating scene: in many North American circles, tardiness is f...

Not on my watch

13 Jan, 2016 | Anna Grace

Bolivia’s Attempt to Shed its Colonial PastTime: the universal truth, a constant system across nations. Definite, concrete, unquestionable?The wrist watch I am wearing begs to differ. It has a black l...

Time for change

13 Jan, 2016 | Anna Grace

The Strive for Gender Equality Within the Plurinational StateFrom documents demanding change to señoras selling cheese: the fight for equality can be undertaken in many ways. I explore two very differ...

The Age of the Animals

13 Jan, 2016 | Nikolaus Cox

Animals around Bolivia suffer daily in the black market. Bolivian Express visited one place that rehabilitates these orphans of the jungle.Author’s Note: Upon entering Sende Verde, a wildlife refuge i...

Seeking the light - Both Secular and Religious

30 Nov, 2015 | Henry Taylor

Spiritual Enlightenment in Bolivia Can Take Many Different PathsFor centuries, people have sought spiritual enlightenment, yet finding a single definition of the term is difficult: finding a powerful...

Of Mines and Men

30 Nov, 2015 | Anna Grace & J.Q Cooley

A world without light: terrifying for all, unimaginable for most, a daily reality for the miners of Potosí. Inside the bocamina, there exists a darkness beyond the lack of sunlight. Workers face the t...

Designing an Eco-friendly Mindset

30 Oct, 2015 | Anna Bellettato

Putting recycling on the school desk ‘La basura mata’ – litter kills – is one of the most frequent slogans plastered on the walls of La Paz. For a city that is rapidly expanding, management of wast...

The City of the Rings

28 Oct, 2015 | Lila Andrea Monasterios Esteves

Building  the Future of Santa Cruz de la SierraThe city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in eastern Bolivia, is home to well over 1 million people, and is widely known as the economic center of the countr...

Long Road to the Interior

28 Oct, 2015 | J.Q.Cooley

My Journey with a Taxista through La Paz‘The secret to driving in Bolivia,’ Edgar says, streetlights illuminating his smile, ‘is thinking ahead.’ At that moment, his eyes catch sight of a family of to...

Sounds of Paper

28 Oct, 2015 | Hazel Browne

Local luthier making recycled instruments‘I don’t like the felling of trees,’ Adrián Villanueva says, as he shows me a selection of his creations: charangos made from recycled paper. Traditionally fas...

Our Brand Is Bolivia

28 Oct, 2015 | Anna Grace

Branding the Plurinational StateThere's no doubt about it: we live in a brand-oriented world. Think fizzy drinks, sports shoes or mobile phones and it’s certain a particular brand, logo or catchphrase...