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La Paz



Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes and yes. Skin color matters for some Bolivians. It is a patriarchal society. - Sep 2, 2016
They say everyone is equal under the law here but there are some obvious classist tones to things/situations. - Jun 9, 2015
I don't notice any racial issues being that La Paz is mostly indigenous. - Apr 6, 2015
Yes. Bolivians make a big deal out of being a plurinational state that allegedly accepts all cultures but this is still more a dream than reality, racism between European looking and non European looking people is still rampant. There is discrimination against women but it's not as bad as other places in Latin America. - Nov 8, 2014
For expats there are not too many difficulties. This is a macho culture and there is prejudice against women and girls in many contexts. There is a long colonial history of oppression of those perceived as indigenous by those perceived as European. Arguably the majority of Bolivians have some indigenous heritage. There are signs everywhere that say all are equal under the law so it is obvious that a reminder is still necessary. The colonial legacy is still very alive here even with an indigenous president in office. There is not a huge diversity of religion, the majority are Catholic or Christian and there is little familiarity with other religions amongst the general population. There are very small populations of Jews, Muslims, Baha'i and some Korean and Japanese Buddhists. There are also colonies of conservative Mennonites that keep socially and culturally isolated, still speaking their original low German dialect. - Jan 1, 2014
Not that I've noticed. - Jul 22, 2013
No. - Jun 22, 2013
None affecting visitors. - Jul 20, 2012
Probably internal to the country, the government hates Americans but you can't feel the same sentiment from the locals. - Feb 9, 2012
No - Aug 7, 2011
Not really. Some folks don't like Americans, but most do!! - May 27, 2011
This is a very "machista" society but they don't have major issues or prejudices. - May 26, 2011
I have not experienced any prejudices here, though there is some distance between the government here and the United States, which can be uncomfortable at times for those of us living here. - Mar 14, 2011
No not that I am aware of. The only prejudice is from the government of Bolivia towards anyone associated with the U.S. Embassy. Local embassy employees are constantly harrassed by the GOB. - Aug 25, 2010
Yes, among Bolivians there is discrimination against indigenous populations. The darker the skin the more they will be discriminated. - Jan 7, 2010
Not any more than you would expect anywhere else. - Aug 21, 2009