Urban living

Out of the Closet, Into the Fire?

14 Mar, 2013 | Bolivian Express

Changes in Bolivian Laws signal some progress towards recognising sexual freedoms, though for gay rights to improve in practice, society must follow suit. Can culture hold the key for change?...

Artful Rebellion

14 Mar, 2013 | Connor Larson

Connor Larson explores how art is helping El Alto’s youths find personal growth. A volunteer, an MC, and the Minister of Cultures Pablo Groux help her understand how their cultural expressions can als...

Charmed

15 Feb, 2013 | Hayden Aldredge

In his quest to find love in La Paz, Hayden Aldredge discovers how love charms, amulets, and the occasional spell are just a part of the normal search for passion in Bolivia. Photo by Alejandro L...

Tainted Love - Private Investigators in La Paz

15 Feb, 2013 | Frans Robyns

From the outside it seems like a perfectly happy marriage. The husband makes a good living; he can provide for his family everything they could possibly want. They have two happy and healthy children...

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...

Enchulame La Maquina

10 Jan, 2013 | Theo Haynes

Pimp my Ride, Bolivia Neon lights more evocative of the Christmas season than high-performance motoring; oversized exhausts with noises so strange they suggest engine malfunction rather than power;...

Ho Ho Ho and a Pirate DVD

10 Jan, 2013 | Harriet Marsden

"Harriet Marsden takes us on a tour of some of the places and players in the pirate industry in Bolivia:- From a pavement in downtown La Paz alongside Eusebio, a street vendor ofpirate DVDs.- Through...

Señoras y Señores

10 Jan, 2013 | Niall Flynn

Derived from the Quechua word for owl, pajpaku is the term used in Bolivia to denote the innovative salespeople who operate in bustling city squares, inter-city buses and crowded market places. They r...

Bolivia, my new Furusato

02 Nov, 2012 | Danielle Guy

Japanese gardens Nestled in the heart of Zona Sur, the wealthy suburb of La Paz, the Japanese gardens cover an area of only 400 square metres but are a true pocket of tranquility exported from th...

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...

Taxi trivia

30 Sep, 2012 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

A fare-changing game Urban lore has it that you’ll find a taxi driver roaming the streets of La Paz at night who will challenge you to a game en route to your destination. He typically gives you...

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...

The Incan Milky way

30 Sep, 2012 | Laeticia Grevers

A Path to Another World On the border to Achumani , a neighbourhood in southeast La Paz, the star-filled sky is blocked out in places by the borders of the mountains that jump out from the earth,...

Nighttime on high

30 Sep, 2012 | Wan Joo Teo

Working Through the Day, So He Can Stargaze – and Make a Little Money – at Night! The question ‘What do you do?’ is fairly innocuous, but for 30-year-old Gabriel Flores, there is no simple answer...