This satellite image shows the outline of where Bolvia’s Lake Poopó used to be. Once the county’s second largest body of fresh water, it’s now dried up because of recurring drought and water diversion projects.
Adding public transit in dense, complicated urban centers normally means a hugely expensive and extremely slow undertaking—just look at New York’s Second Avenue subway, which has been underway for decades. La Paz, Bolivia, has found a better way.
The long saga of two giant, colonial-era paintings — stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 and unwittingly purchased in 2003 by New York collectors, who discovered they were stolen after loaning them for a 2013 exhibit — came full circle yesterday when they were unveiled at the government palace in La Paz.
In most parts of the world, cable cars are relegated to ski areas or amusement parks. But in South America, cities use the gondolas to navigate undulating terrain as public transportation. This fall, two more lines will open in Bolivia's La Paz-El Alto network, making it the longest urban cable car system in the world.
Watch as a biker attempts to base jump off Bolivia's famous Death Road and fails badly. Don't worry, he survived, but it was really painful: "injuries included fractures in his forearm and cut tendons in his knees."
Who doesn't like to swing? Whether you're five or fifty, you can't help but smile when you're swinging. Jeff Waldman wants to share that joy with the world and is placing swings everywhere he can.