Bolivia Wrestling – Boom shakalaka!

Traveling all the way to Bolivia means you’re likely to see a number of important tourist attractions, including a Bolivian wrestling match between the oddest of characters.

In El Alto, the city above one of Bolivia’s two capitals La Paz, is a well established wrestling auditorium where each Sunday Bolivia’s version of the World Wrestling Entertainment in the United States or Triple A in Mexico takes place.  But these matches are far from high profile.

Bolivia Wrestling - Boom shakalaka!

I was especially interested in watching this as a former high school wrestler. I hoped to witness awkward takedowns and throws and what I saw was exactly that.

Below is “Gay Boy” dressed in pink. After each lackluster punch he would strike a pose for us, the mixed audience of foreigners, Aymara, and Quechua Bolivians.

Bolivia Wrestling - Boom shakalaka!

It became pretty silly as each new wrestler appeared was more out of shape than the last one.

Grandpa?

Bolivia Wrestling - Boom shakalaka!

Boom shakalaka!

Bolivia Wrestling - Boom shakalaka!

Notice the woman getting a beat-down…Bolivian organizers have introduced the fighting Cholitas, indigenous women who wear bowler hats and multi-layered skirts. It’s become an interesting attraction and really the reason why I came to watch.

Bolivia Wrestling - Boom shakalaka!

All in all I would recommend watching for 30 minutes at the most.  Sadly, its not nearly as exciting as I had hoped. Make sure to bring many layers as you will freeze on the concrete bleachers.

For more information about they have a website at http://www.cholitaswrestling.com/or a phone number at 77294590 – 73076668

gral. Gonzáles N º 1314 corner admiral Grau (San Pedro) from Monday until Friday of 15:00 – 19:00; On Saturdays of 09:00 – 17:30 and every Sunday of 10:00 – 14:00.

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