Bolivia Deploys the World’s Largest System of Cable Cars
This week officials in Bolivia gave a public preview of the country’s new gondola system, and it was impressive: With a length of nearly 7 miles threading through 11 stations, the cloud-kissing people-mover is set to become to world’s largest network of urban ropeways.
Bolivians piled into the system’s globular, cherry-red pods to take a giddy ride over the labyrinthine streets of La Paz. This ropeway is one of three planned for the network, which is being built by Austria’s Doppelmayr Garaventa Group. The hope is that when it’s completed later this year, the gondolas will ease some of the terrible congestion in the country’s urban areas. Together, the cars are estimated to be able to carry up to 18,000 people an hour.
Arquitectura chola o Arquitectura “Transformers” - La Paz/Bolivia
Salar do Uyuni, Potosi/Bolivia
This well adorned fellow is Ekeko, a celebrated god of luck and prosperity. Bestow him with representations of the things that you wish for, such as money & food, then stuff a cigarette into his waiting mouth.
Vuela-vuela, no te hace falta equipaje (ni alas): Este martes, Bolivia estrenó una línea de teleférico que conecta a las ciudades de La Paz y El Alto. Este es el recorrido de teleférico urbano mas alto del mundo, ya que está a 4 mil metros sobre el nivel del mar. El teleférico boliviano recorre en 24 minutos una ruta que requeriría 1.5 o 2 horas en automóvil. [x]
An Aymara woman, wearing the traditional bowler hat, stands on the edge of the hill in El Alto and looks down to the valley of La Paz, Bolivia. - Copyright © 2014 Jan Sochor Photography
Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose inside their bodega (via Guardian)
Oruro was founded in the 17th century as a silver mining centre, much like Potosi. We visited the Iglesia de la Virgen del Socavón, which is built above a defunct mine. The church is full of symbology and plaques related to mining and the hardships experienced by the miners.
El Tio is a character common in mines in Bolivia. He simultaneously represents protection and destruction.