Cochabamba, Bolivia

The statue of Christ overlooking Cochabamba is the largest in South America.

Students at the Instituto de Educacion

Card game

These two ladies at desks with typewriters are among 15 typists available on a single street in Cochabamba. Business is slow so one of the ladies receives a shoeshine.

Chita buys a cheese filled roll from Renata.


Back view (the long braid is common on adult Bolivian women)

Plaza 14 de Septiembre in Cochabamba

In front of the Cathedral

The doors to religious institutions everywhere draw the poor looking for generosity from those with more.

View of the Cochabamba Cathedral

The neoclassical Cathedral dates back to 1541, but several major restorations have taken place over the last few centuries.

Cochabamba lies in a valley with the Andean Mountains offering incredible views from most vantage points.

29 August 2001 – Bolivia is the second poorest country in South America and has the highest percentage (97%) of rural poor in the world, according to the UN. I look out at the poor in the countryside and wonder if levels of poverty really matter to poor people in Africa, Pakistan, Bolivia or anywhere else in the world. Poor is poor.

Here, electricity has made its way to homes near nothing and potable water taps are popping up more often in the hills and countryside due to a Western aid. Rural homes are built of mud and topped with thatch, horses and donkey carts serve as transportation for many. I remember noticing satellite discs in rural parts of Africa, but we see none in the far reaches of Bolivia.

About 60% of Bolivia’s population are purely indigenous with two Highland Indian groups: three million Quechua, who speak the Inca mother tongue, and about one million Aymara, who live in La Paz and north of the Altiplano, where the direst poverty prevails. In the countryside, many of the Indians do not speak Spanish, but the push, via foreign aid programs, to educate the young, no matter where they live, is increasing the likelihood that young ones will speak Spanish and perhaps migrate to the larger cities, where work is more likely to be found.


  Brothel (Jim)