Culture

A MINING OLIGARCH IN FOOTBALL

25 Jun, 2014 | Inske Groenen

Earth's riches join the game The big pyramid-shaped mountain overlooking Potosí has always had its power over the city. The silver coming from this Cerro Rico –rich hill– once brought unbelievabl...

CUMBIA CHICHA

22 May, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

Wilmer Machaca explains the social significance of one of the most popular (yet marginalised) musical styles in the country. Cumbia is very popular in Latin America: originally from Colombia, vir...

PERIFÉRICA BOULEVARD

21 May, 2014 | Alex Walker

Underworlds in Bolivian Literature At the turn of the 20th century, writing in Bolivia almost exclusively tackled surface issues like campesino life and later the globalisation of the nation. ‘Pe...

DARK GODS, DARK RITES

21 May, 2014 | Alex Walker

When Ukrainian model and Barbie doppelgänger Valeria Lukyanova proclaimed herself to be a reincarnation of the Tiwanakan god Wiracocha, little did she know that she was adding to Bolivia’s long, dark...

Mercadito Pop

17 May, 2014 | Leo Nelson Jones

Popping Up Soon—at an Unspecified Location Near you Mercadito POP was originally created in June 2012 as an underground and economically collaborative Pop-Up crafts fair in La Paz. The organizers sa...

WATIA

29 Apr, 2014 | Penelope Cartwright

The Fading Art of Cooking in the Earth Watia, the art of cooking food by burying it in hot earth, is an ancient Bolivian tradition. For Bolivians, cooking this way is to live the rituals and shar...

THE GREEN GHOST OF LA PAZ

29 Apr, 2014 | Neil Suchak

Ajenjo, the Bolivian Absinthe As you walk into Café Etno on Calle Jaen you might be forgiven for thinking that you were no longer in La Paz, but had been transported to a bar in a trendy district of...

CARNE DE LLAMA

29 Apr, 2014 | Alan Pierce

The corral of llamas gazed haughtily at me. Their jaws chewed side-to-side, a short row of buckteeth jutting out to form an overall aura of aloof heartiness. I had come to this remote llama farm in th...

NOT FOR THE FAINT OF STOMACH

29 Apr, 2014 | Chloe Barran

An exploration of Bolivia’s most unexpected delicacies Cabecitas The restaurant El Solar de las Cabecitas is an open room painted with warm red and orange. Decorative mirrors cover the back wall...

STONE SOUP

29 Apr, 2014 | Ollie Vargas

A Quechua soup originating from Potosí, kallapurca is thought to have been popularised around the 17th century. Characterised above all by the fact that the broth is boiled using heated pieces of volc...

BOLIVIAN SPIRIT

29 Apr, 2014 | Neil Suchak

When thinking about Bolivian alcohol, the most likely things to come to mind would be beers such as Paceña or Huari, Tarijan wines or singani. Besides these select few, the world of Bolivian spirits m...

CULINARY COME-ONS

29 Apr, 2014 | Laura Van Antwerp

Bolivia´s Most Popular Aphrodisiacs It is almost impossible to navigate the steep streets of La Paz without running into one of the many food carts that adorn its crumbly sidewalks, or squeezing...

HERBAL ESSENCES

29 Apr, 2014 | Laura Van Antwerp

THREE TRADIOTIONAL FLAVOURS IN BOLIVIAN CUISINE Bolivian cuisine is always an exciting affair, one that features an appetising cast of ingredients of both Spanish and native origin. Potatoes, rice,...

LOS COLORADOS DE BOLIVIA

27 Mar, 2014 | Neil Suchak

If you walk around Plaza Murillo in the centre of La Paz, you will probably be struck by two things: the number of pigeons that inhabit the plaza and the presence of army officers clad in scarlet unif...

THE CARNAVAL WATER WARS

27 Mar, 2014 | Laura Van Antwerp

THWACK! I knew the minute I felt it hit my backside. I has just experienced my first globo attack. I spun around to find myself face to face with a grinning boy, no older than ten years of age, c...