La Paz
La Paz

Founded in 1548 at the foot of the commanding triple-peaked snowcapped Mt. Illumani, it lies at an elevation of 12,007 feet above sea level. It has a population of 1.4 million and is the de facto capital of Bolivia; the official capital is Sucre.

El Alto
El Alto

La Paz sprawls below a plateau where the world's highest international airport is situated at an alititude of 13,325 feet above sea level

La Paz
La Paz
Painting of Bolivian scene
Painting of Bolivian scene
La Paz - yellow cable car system
La Paz - yellow cable car system
Cholitas (internet photo)
Cholitas (internet photo)
Cholitas
Cholitas
Cholita
Cholita
Miss Cholita Paceña 2011 (internet)
Miss Cholita Paceña 2011 (internet)
La Paz - Street art of a cholita
La Paz - Street art of a cholita
La Paz - Flower seller
La Paz - Flower seller
La Paz
La Paz
La Paz street art
La Paz street art
La Paz family
La Paz family

Three generations stop for an ice cream at Plaza San Francisco in front of La Paz’s old colonial church.

La Paz - San Francisco Church
La Paz - San Francisco Church

Old colonial church.

La Paz shopping street
La Paz shopping street

Sagarnaga Street behind the San Francisco church is an exotic colorfest of textiles and woven/knitted clothing

La Paz- Historic Jaen St.
La Paz- Historic Jaen St.
La Paz - Bolivian mother and child
La Paz - Bolivian mother and child
La Paz - Shoeshine Boy
La Paz - Shoeshine Boy

Extremely poor boys and older men known as lustrabotas, wear thick balaclavas and sell their shoe-shining services for a pittance. They hide their faces because of the social stigma of handling feet in the Aymara culture.

La Paz - Presidential Palace
La Paz - Presidential Palace

Changing of the guard

El Alto - Cholita Wrestling
El Alto - Cholita Wrestling

Cholita on ropes - but she will bounce back and win the match!

El Alto - Cholita Wrestling
El Alto - Cholita Wrestling

The audience is made up of locals as well as tourists

El Alto - Cholita Wrestlers
El Alto - Cholita Wrestlers

These are fearsome luchadoras!

El Alto Market
El Alto Market
El Alto Market
El Alto Market

Woman selling pigs ears

El Alto Market
El Alto Market

Pastel and api

El Alto Market
El Alto Market
El Alto Market
El Alto Market

Buying coca leaves

El Alto Market
El Alto Market
La Paz
La Paz

Sculpture at the entrance to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku - Sun Gate
Tiwanaku - Sun Gate
Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku
Tiwanaku - Puma Punku
Tiwanaku - Puma Punku
Evo Morales for President!
Evo Morales for President!

Bolivia's first indigenous President (he is Aymara) has won his third term

Evo for President!
Evo for President!
Legislative Palace
Legislative Palace

Backwards clock and wiphala flag

Cholita activism
Cholita activism

OMAK is an Aymara women's human rights group, gathering here for the screening of a new anti-discrimination video

Cholita activism
Cholita activism

OMAK is an Aymara women's human rights group, gathering here for the screening of a new anti-discrimination video

Cholita Activism
Cholita Activism

The leader of the OMAK organization

Street mural
Street mural

Painter Roberto Mamani Mamani is a well-known contemporary Bolivian artist. His images reflect his Aymara heritage.

Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall

A bizarre assortment of curiosities can be purchased to manipulate the indigenous Aymara world of spirits and beliefs.

Witches Market
Witches Market

Dried llama fetuses bring prosperity. We were told the fetuses are stillborn animals.

Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall

The Witches Market is found on Calle Linares

On the road from Uyuni to Potosi
On the road from Uyuni to Potosi
Potosi
Potosi

The city lies at the foot of Cerro Rico

Potosi
Potosi
Potosi
Potosi
Potosi
Potosi

Casa de la Moneda