Culture

Simón Bolívar: an extraordinarily profuse man

11 Dec, 2019 | Adriana L. Murillo A.

Image: Picture painted by Epifanio Garay 19th centuryEl Libertador and his descendents The founder of Bolivia and one of the most relevant figures during the South American wars of independence,...

Potosí: The silver city that changed the world

11 Dec, 2019 | Adriana L. Murillo A.

Photos: Gonzalo Cárdenas ‘I am Rich PotosíTreasury of the worldKing of the mountainsAnd envy of Kings.’Motto from Potosí’s coat of arms, granted by Emperor Charles VThat is how Kris Lane beg...

El Tío

11 Dec, 2019 | Adriana L. Murillo A.

 Translation: Rhiannon Matthias  Photo: Alex WatersThe generator of profits and curses At over 4,000 metres above sea level, Mario sits opposite El Tío, deep in thought. With the l...

The kharisiri of the Altiplano

11 Dec, 2019 | Caroline Risacher

Illustration: Hugo L. Cuéllar @hugolcuellar A history of colonisation, repression and exploitation manifests itself as a mythical beast The kharisiri, also known as the khari-khari and lik’i...

Todos Santos en Bolivia

11 Dec, 2019 | Lauren Minion

Wooden ladders are available throughout the La Paz cemetery so that family members can access the rest places of their family members and keep their shrines up to date. Photos: Lauren Minion &...

Las Ñatitas

11 Dec, 2019 | Silvia Saccardi

Offerings to the ñatita include candles and cigarettes and they are often adorned with floral crowns.Photos: Silvia Saccardi The festival of 'Las Ñatitas' is a tradition celebrated throughout the...

Juan Carlos Navi Yuchina: King of the Jungle

11 Dec, 2019 | Silvia Saccardi

Name: Juan Carlos Navi YuchinaCommunity: San JoséJob title: Nature guideAge: 52Family situation: Married, with three daughters and a sonYears of experience working as a guide: FiveLanguages spoke...

Arte de fuego

11 Dec, 2019 | Anneli Aliaga

Mario Sarabia’s Ceramics‘El espíritu de los Andes…Bolivia’ (‘The Spirit of the Andes…Bolivia’), an abstract stone sculpture of an Andean figure, located in the Valle de la Luna, was recently vandalise...

The Chevening Programme in Bolivia

25 Sep, 2019 | BX Team

Photos: Sergio Suárez The UK’s flagship scholarship for future leaders The UK government’s Chevening international awards programme aims to develop global leaders. The scholarship is fully f...

A Brief History of Singani

25 Sep, 2019 | Caroline Risacher

Images: Courtesy of Casa Real The traditional bolivian liqueur is increasingly recognized on the world stageSingani is a grape-based liqueur produced in a few selected Bolivian high valleys. It w...

Forging a New Home

25 Sep, 2019 | Joshua Neaman

Images: Courtesy of Antonio Jadue The Palestinian diaspora in Bolivia In 2018, to no small fanfare, the Bolivian government announced the official opening of the Palestinian Embassy in La Pa...

A Sacred Space

31 Dec, 1969 | Lola Newell

Photos: Lola Newell Thanking Pachamama amongst the sculptures of Francine Secretan Throughout the month of August, Pachamama, the Andean earth-mother goddess, will receive thousands of offer...

Bolivian drinks!

31 Dec, 1969 | BX Team

Photos: Courtesy of Casa Real Singani Singani, the national spirit Singani is a drink made from fermented and distilled white Muscat de Alexandria grapes. Despite initially being a spirit dr...

Portable Cholets

25 Sep, 2019 | Jack Curson

Photos: Jack Curson Freddy Mamani’s cholets are brought to life through cinematic art For two weeks in July of this year, the UK’s Architectural Association Visiting School programme ca...

La Paz’s 32nd Entrada Folklórica Universitaria

31 Dec, 1969 | Lola Newell

Photos: Lola Newell Students keep traditional Bolivian dance alive Every year thousands of university students from the Higher University of San Andrés (UMSA) take to the streets of La Paz t...