Urban living

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...

Un traguito mas

30 Sep, 2012 | Joanna Thom

Alcoholism in Bolivia: from social pastime to social illness. A group of teenagers giggle as they line up outside the club. Still in school, they’re not yet legally allowed to buy or consume alco...

Protecting the Sex Workers' Profession: A Tragic Reality

14 Aug, 2012 | Xenia Elsaesser

'I am also a part of this society’ We are doing important social work . . . It is because of us that there are less cases of rape.’ So speaks Lily Cortez, president of OTN, the sex workers union...

Women sex workers

14 Aug, 2012 | Deshan Chetty

The soft red lights cast shadows on her supple body as she moves with the music. Her body melts into the pole, and every step she takes brings a cheer from the crowd. Her naked breasts bounce to chees...

Mujeres creando

14 Aug, 2012 | Eleanor Warnick

Bolivian anarcho-feminism Maria Galindo is instantly recognizable. With her long, black, lank hair, shaved on one side, and her piercing, kohllined eyes, she’s an icon of Bolivian feminism. S...

Run, gringo, run!

05 May, 2012 | Helena Cavell

Altitude is a killer: The personal experience of an English girl living in La Paz I took my first steps through El Alto airport feeling like a brick was weighing down on my chest... I was...