Urban living

Photo-essay: Mechanical Works

19 Jul, 2017 | Fabián Zapata

Photos: Fabián ZapataTranslation: Michael ProtheroeServicing your car in La PazIn almost every corner of the city, there are built-in makeshift mechanical workshops that meet the demand of ramshackle...

A Master Of His Craft

25 Jun, 2017 | Sophie Hogan

Photos: Nick somers and Sophie HoganHumo Mixologist Josué Grajeda Lino has his artform down to a teeWhen I tell Josué Grajeda Lino, the bartender at Humo's bar - The Whiskería - that I'm just not sure...

Esencia de Lleca

25 Jun, 2017 | Yolande Rowson

Photos: Nick SomersEssence of the StreetIt’s a Thursday afternoon on the Prado. A group of young men with microphones linked up to a portable speaker are in full swing, rapping about everything from d...

LA BARBERÍA LA PAZ

16 Apr, 2017 | Federico de Blasi

Redefining the haircut experience in BoliviaBeard trimming is not just a trend, it is an art. However, both beards and haircuts do follow the fashion of the times, which, as we know, come and go with...

MISTURA

28 Mar, 2017 | Sophie Hogan

Photos: Nick Somers and Sophie HoganA Concept Store for Bolivia's Best and BrightestMistura’s name comes from the word ‘mixture’. When one walks in the door of the store on Calle Sagarnaga, La Paz’s m...

Hovering above El Alto

17 Feb, 2017 | Louise Lacourarie

Photo: Nick SomersMí Teleférico expands with a new route across the flats of El Alto‘The Línea Azul will definitely improve our lives. It will be much easier for me to travel and sell my products and...

In a League of Their Own

21 Nov, 2016 | Izabela Wlodarczyk

Photos: Milton Arellano Female Skateboarders Break Down Stereotypes in La PazEvery day, skateboarders gather in plazas all over La Paz to try out new tricks, learn from their friends, and wind down. T...

I Can’t Feel My Face When I’m With You

24 Oct, 2016 | Izabela Wlodarczyk

Photo: William WroblewskiA One-Sided Love Affair That Was Never Meant to LastI cannot really explain how this love came to be. What I can tell you is the story of how we met and let you decide it for...

Drifting through the White City

24 Oct, 2016 | Alexis Galanis

Photo: Alexis GalanisThe stories that lie behind the walls of SucreThe city is known by many names: Charcas, La Plata, Sucre. The uniform whiteness of its walls covers up its seismic historical shifts...

Running on Manpower

28 Aug, 2016 | Brian Weisbecker

Photo: Brian WeisbeckerMaintaining the Micros of La Paz Requires Massive IngenuityOn the streets of La Paz, vehicles large and small breeze about. Speedy taxis pass cars whenever possible, honking at...

Quenching a Different Thirst

28 Aug, 2016 | Brian Weisbecker

Photo: Courtesy of Cervecería Boliviana Nacional‘Where’s your bottle?’ It was, in fact, in the bag I was told to store in a locker when I walked into this supermarket. As I continued conversing with t...

Streets like Pulsing Veins

20 Jul, 2016 | María Mayböck

How Transport Gives Life to a City A blur of zipping cars, once covered in a brownish smoke cloud, now makes its way up the dizzying heights of a steep zigzagging road, reflecting the blinding sun aga...

Wonderfully Strange

20 Jul, 2016 | María Mayböck

Image Courtesy of Carlos Villagómez ParedesThe Mosaic of Modernity and Traditionalism in Paceño Architecture‘The city eats you up. It eats you, it chews you, it digests you and it defecates you.’– Car...

La Paz’s Historic Calle Jaén

20 Jul, 2016 | Isabel Cocker

Photo: Isabel CockerA Passageway Back Into Colonial TimesThe buildings are what bring tourists here, and after that they come into our shop.A hidden alleyway tucked up in the maze of streets that lie...

A Vertical Nature

25 Jul, 2016 | David Kavanagh

How Topography has forged La Paz’s IdentityPhoto: David KavanaghComing over the ridge from neighboring El Alto in the darkening twilight, travellers are met with an almost otherworldly sight. Through...