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A porter stands at the bottom of the Illimani mountain, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, April 16, 2016. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

A porter stands at the bottom of the Illimani mountain, on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, April 16, 2016. For years, Lydia Huayllas, 48, has worked as a cook at base camps and mountain-climbing refuges on the steep, glacial slopes of Huayna Potosi, a 19,974-foot (6,088-meter) Andean peak outside of La Paz, Bolivia. But two years ago, she and 10 other Aymara indigenous women, ages 42 to 50, who also worked as porters and cooks for mountaineers, put on crampons – spikes fixed to a boot for climbing – under their wide traditional skirts and started to do their own climbing. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)
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22 Apr 2016 12:33:00
Barbara Quisbert and Susana La Bonita, cholitas wrestlers, fight during their return to the ring after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in El Alto outskirts of La Paz, November 29, 2020. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

The Fighting Cholitas are a group of female wrestlers who perform in El Alto, Bolivia. Tickets to the exhibitions cost $1. Like the general population of El Alto, which consists almost entirely of Aymara and Quechua residents, the Cholitas are indigenous. They wear braided hair, bowler hats and multilayered skirts in the ring. Here: Barbara Quisbert and Susana La Bonita, cholitas wrestlers, fight during their return to the ring after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in El Alto outskirts of La Paz, November 29, 2020. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)
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12 Dec 2020 00:03:00
A woman in a Cholita dress poses for photos, at the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia on March 26, 2022. (Photo by Claudia Morales/Reuters)

A woman in a Cholita dress poses for photos, at the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia on March 26, 2022. (Photo by Claudia Morales/Reuters)
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09 Jul 2022 04:54:00
Cholita wrestlers stage a performance on the street during the Electropreste celebration, which combines traditional and modern customs, in La Paz, Bolivia on March 12, 2022. (Photo by Claudia Morales/Reuters)

Cholita wrestlers stage a performance on the street during the Electropreste celebration, which combines traditional and modern customs, in La Paz, Bolivia on March 12, 2022. (Photo by Claudia Morales/Reuters)
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17 Mar 2022 05:47:00
Veteran cholita wrestler Jennifer dos Caras, 45, holds a cement block over teen wrestler Lucero la Bonita in the ring in El Alto, Bolivia, Monday, January 21, 2019. Trainees of cholita wrestling are still a year away from their full professional debuts while competing in matches against established athletes. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)

Veteran cholita wrestler Jennifer dos Caras, 45, holds a cement block over teen wrestler Lucero la Bonita in the ring in El Alto, Bolivia, Monday, January 21, 2019. Trainees of cholita wrestling are still a year away from their full professional debuts while competing in matches against established athletes. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)
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28 Feb 2019 00:05:00
Bolivian wrestler Ana Luisa Yujra (L), aka “Jhenifer Two Faces” and Lidia Flores, aka “Dina, The Queen of the Ring”, both members of the Fighting Cholitas, fight at Sharks of the Ring wrestling club in El Alto, Bolivia, on November 24, 2019. After a fortnight hiatus due to anti-government protests and blockades, the Fighting Cholitas are back in the ring. The unrest was triggered by the disputed October 20 election, which Evo Morales claimed to have won and opposition groups said was rigged. (Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP Photo)

Bolivian wrestler Ana Luisa Yujra (L), aka “Jhenifer Two Faces” and Lidia Flores, aka “Dina, The Queen of the Ring”, both members of the Fighting Cholitas, fight at Sharks of the Ring wrestling club in El Alto, Bolivia, on November 24, 2019. After a fortnight hiatus due to anti-government protests and blockades, the Fighting Cholitas are back in the ring. The unrest was triggered by the disputed October 20 election, which Evo Morales claimed to have won and opposition groups said was rigged. (Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP Photo)
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30 Nov 2019 00:07:00
A Cholita (Andean woman) model poses during a practice session of Rosario Aguilar fashion model school in La Paz, Bolivia, February 23, 2019. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

A Cholita (Andean woman) model poses during a practice session of Rosario Aguilar fashion model school in La Paz, Bolivia, February 23, 2019. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)
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26 Feb 2019 00:01:00
Women Wrestlers, Bolivia. Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling) is one of the most popular sports in the country. Women wrestlers are known as cholitas and have in the last ten years become popular in the sport. Here, Carmen Rosa and Yulia la Pacena perform in a benefit show to raise money for the bathrooms of a school in La Paz, Bolivia, 26 June 2011

Women Wrestlers, Bolivia. Lucha libre (Bolivian wrestling) is one of the most popular sports in the country. Women wrestlers are known as cholitas and have in the last ten years become popular in the sport. Here, Carmen Rosa and Yulia la Pacena perform in a benefit show to raise money for the bathrooms of a school in La Paz, Bolivia, 26 June 2011. (Photo by Daniele Tamagni)
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11 Apr 2012 12:57:00