A buttress supporting an adobe wall has collapsed and grass overgrows the patio of the four-century-old church whose dazzling murals depicting biblical scenes and remote location high atop a Bolivian plateau have earned it the nickname the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes.”
Stormy winds, frosty nights and a scorching midday sun make life difficult on the Andean plateau, but the docile, tough-natured llama is one reason why indigenous people have been able to survive the harsh conditions for millennia.
The snow appears to be pristine on the Andean peaks that loom above Bolivia’s capital, but even here ash and smog reach up to a remote plateau that is home to the world’s highest atmospheric observatory.
Julia Flores Colque still sings with joy in her indigenous Quechua tongue and strums the five strings of a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango, despite a recorded age of almost 118 years.
Hundreds of Bolivians held a pilgrimage Thursday to protest an artist’s rendition of their patron saint wearing red underwear and black stockings.
Children returned to school Thursday and nervous adults tried to get back to normal after being stunned by two deadly explosions during this mining city’s exuberant Carnival celebrations.