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.

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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

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

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

Old colonial church.

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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

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

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La Paz - Presidential Palace
La Paz - Presidential Palace

Changing of the guard

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El Alto - Cholita Wrestling
El Alto - Cholita Wrestling

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

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El Alto - Cholita Wrestling
El Alto - Cholita Wrestling

The audience is made up of locals as well as tourists

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El Alto - Cholita Wrestlers
El Alto - Cholita Wrestlers

These are fearsome luchadoras!

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

Woman selling pigs ears

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El Alto Market
El Alto Market

Pastel and api

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

Buying coca leaves

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El Alto Market
El Alto Market
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La Paz
La Paz

Sculpture at the entrance to the Museum of Contemporary Art

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

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

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

Backwards clock and wiphala flag

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Cholita activism
Cholita activism

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

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Cholita activism
Cholita activism

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

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Cholita Activism
Cholita Activism

The leader of the OMAK organization

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Street mural
Street mural

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

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Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall

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

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Witches Market
Witches Market

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

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Witches Market stall
Witches Market stall

The Witches Market is found on Calle Linares

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

The city lies at the foot of Cerro Rico

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Potosi
Potosi
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Potosi
Potosi
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Potosi
Potosi

Casa de la Moneda

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