Urban living

Clown Bar

28 May, 2015 | Mila Araoz

The bar El Acuario is hidden deep amongst the busy, traffic-filled streets in the commercial district of Max Paredes. Behind three women selling chicharrón lie some steep steps leading down to the 'El...

LA PAZ LEARNING

27 Apr, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Our intrepid reporter samples various educational opportunities around the city TANGO Following 40 minutes of fervent map-consulting and wrong turns, I finally arrived at Casa Argentina—just six bl...

YOLO I´m in Bolivia!

24 Mar, 2015 | Matilda Curtis

¡Hola! I’m currently on my gap year, travelling through South America. I’ve really liked being in La Paz so far. It’s actually not that different from West London, and most of the cafés have wifi. I’v...

INFORMAL, BUT ORGANISED

24 Mar, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Cash-in-hand workers wield their political and economic power through organisation and entrepreneurialism.  In a dusty lay-by overlooking the sprawling city of La Paz, champagne is flowing on a b...

DRESS TO IMPRESS

03 Dec, 2014 | Valeria Wilde

A cool hunting experience on the streets of La Paz, a photo essay by Valeria Wilde Valerie Monic... 18 Gabriela Flores, 25 Rodrigo Villanueva, 17 Ramiro Buitrago, 20

MEET ME AT THE MOTEL

25 Nov, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

MOTELS IN LA PAZ OFFER UP A SPACE OF SEXUAL FREEDOM AND SECRECY FOR YOUNG PACEÑOS Photo: Valeria Wilde The door opens up into a hidden cave of treasures. I walk through a rounded tunnel; the c...

COBWEBS IN THE SKY

22 Oct, 2014 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

“ Do the Evolution” Illustration: Oscar Zalles Suddenly I find myself once again flying over this city which is always so familiar from high above in an airplane, and realizing, to my surpri...

Talking Trash

22 Oct, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

As consumption increases with the growing population, will waste be lining the streets in 20 years time? Where will all the rubbish go? Trash, litter, rubbish, garbage, waste, refuse, junk, detritus...

Vehicles of change

22 Oct, 2014 | Stefano Hollis

Bolivian Express explores how La Paz's city government must adapt to cope with rocketing levels of car ownership Photo: Michael Dunn The streets of La Paz--especially during gridlocked...

The Rise of Bolivia’s Youth

22 Oct, 2014 | Stefano Hollis

As the country’s young population ages into the workforce, can the government provide employment and training? Strolling—or, rather, panting—up Avenida Montes from Plaza San Francisco towards the hi...

FACTORIES IN EL ALTO

19 Aug, 2014 | Lulu Shooter

CONSTRUCTING ALTERNATIVE WONDERLANDS El Alto is one of the fastest growing city in Bolivia in terms of population, architecture and ideas. Lulu Shooter discovers that there’s more to life within the...

EL CEMENTERIO

19 Aug, 2014 | Lulu Shooter

A short story by Lulu Shooter fusing Andean legends and English West Country roots. Is the grass always greener in your imagination? ‘You’re doing it wrong, María!’ ‘This is exactly right, estú...

CHOLETS

25 Jul, 2014 | Alex Walker

The Neo-Andean Wave Sweeping El Alto Gaudy and garish, the mini- mansions of El Alto stand as striking symbols of Bolivia’s new Aymara bourgeoisie. It is a phenomenon that has exploded so quickly o...

PIMP MY SIGHT

25 Jul, 2014 | VALERIA WILDE

Valeria Wilde looks beyond the signs and stickers to understand the unintentional urban aesthetic shaping Bolivia’s cities. Many people who pass through this city of contrasts, mysteries and pecu...

AFTER LAUGHTER

22 May, 2014 | Mila Araoz

For the Clown Association of La Paz, the Show Goes on in the Unlikeliest of Places With additional research by Luis Velasco Schmiedl The bar El Acuario is hidden deep amongst the busy, traffic-...