Meet—

Gustavo Zubieta

"I want to explain to them that our work has led us to the understanding that living at high altitude grants us many advantages."

Q
How did you come to live in this place?

A
My grandmother was the daughter of a Spanish man that came to live in Sucre Bolivia at 2700m. above sea level. She moved to La Paz and that is where my mother Clotilde, was born. A similar story goes for my father who was born in Oruro at 3800m, then moved to La Paz to study medicine and where he lived the rest of his life. So my two sisters, one brother and I were all born in the city of La Paz, at 3600m. My father Prof. Dr. Gustavo Zubieta-Castillo, passed away at 90 years of age in his beloved city of La Paz. He left an outstanding academic legacy of expertise in high altitude medicine. He proposed man could even adapt to live in the summit of Mt. Everest.

Q
What’s your favorite food?

A
I truly enjoy the natural tangerines, and watermelons that we have in Bolivia. No chemicals, all natural, very sweet and aromatic. I like steaks and corn on the cob, plenty of them, without restriction.

Q
What’s one thing you would like the world to know about you?

A
I want to explain to them that our work has led us to the understanding that living at high altitude grants us many advantages.

Q
What’s something you do every week that makes you happy?

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I am a high altitude medicine expert, but my life is filled with many activities, like building medical equipment, constructing elevators, creating many mechanical and electronic gadgets, that make our life easier, fixing my old mercedes benz (have 3 of them, one 1965, another 1971 and another 1972) and a 1952 Chevrolet.

Q
Where is someplace we should visit while we’re here?

A
You should come visit La Paz, ride in the Telepherics, from 4100m where the airport is located to 3300m a lower residential area. Visit the Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3800m, visit also the natural Moon Valley, that is so unique that a Japanese tourist thought it was artificially created. Visit also the extraordinary Salt Lakes, the red and green lagoons, Potosi, the world Silver mining town during the Spanish Colony, Samaipata the tropical lands fortresses, the dinosaur footprints in Sucre, the February Carnival in Oruro and so much more.