Shoeshiners, La Paz, Bolivia
Shoeshiners, La Paz, Bolivia

Shoeshiners of La Paz – Pic du Jour

Or, lustrabotas. In the Bolivian capital, they’re ubiquitous. Many hide their faces behind masks or hats in an effort to remain anonymous and separate from the stigma that’s often associated with their trade. The going rate is about 2.50 Bolivianos, or USD 0.36/ EUR 0.25, for a shine.

They also operate a monthly newspaper, Hormigón Armado, or Concrete Army. Among the stories in the April 2013 edition, which I bought and kept, is one that describes a Lustrabotos walking tour of La Paz: 80 Bolivianos (USD 11.50/ EUR 8.50) for three-and-a-half hours to experience the city in an entirely different way. I wish I had taken advantage of it.

La Paz, Bolivia, 20-Apr-2013
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