Carnival of Oruro

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Carnival of Oruro

Oruro (map) is famous for its carnival, only 3 hr by bus from *La Paz, this is a nice getaway from the prices and stress of the capital.

The Carnival of Oruro is a religious and cultural festival in Oruro. It has been celebrated since the 18th century. Originally an indigenous festival, the celebration later was transformed to incorporate a Christian ritual around the Virgin of Candelaria (Virgin of Socavón). The carnival is one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Throughout the festival, more than 48 groups of folk dancers specializing in 18 different folk dances perform a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Tunnel every Saturday of the carnival in a traditional parade.

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In all, there are over 28,000 dancers, about 10,000 musicians in 150 bands, 400,000 visitors stretching over four miles. Oruro’s historical importance, as well as its cultural and religious influence, make its carnival a natural setting for demonstrating the multiculturalism of Bolivia and especially its variety of folk dances.

One of the best sight views is the Faro del Conchupata (map).

*Sajama National Park (map) – A beautiful Andean landscapes, hidden gem with the highest peak in Bolivia, Nevada Sajama, which can be climbed with a tour, and many more trekking and nature watching opportunities. Buses leave from the Tambo Quemado servis bus station in the far southwest of the city at the ring road right next to the roundabout leading south out of the city.

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 BUS >   Bus transportation in Bolivia is a nice cheap way to get to see the beautiful scenery while traveling to your destination. Unfortunately the buses often travel solely at night. Buses generally do not need to be booked ahead, especially for common distances served by many companies.

If you need to buy a ticket in advance, a good website is >> Tickets Bolivia.

 RAIL >   In 2014, portions of the Bolivian rail network were acquired by a Chilean company called La Empresa Ferroviaria Andina S.A. (FCA). Many discontinued passenger services appear to have been restarted. Check the FCA website for details.

On some routes, the roads are in such a dire condition that the train becomes the alternative of choice. Trains are more comfortable than one would expect, having for example reclinable seats. The trip from *Oruro to *Uyuni is especially beautiful, with the train going literally through an Andean lake on the way. The train is especially good for trips to the Salar de Uyuni and the Pantanal.

 AIRPORTS >   The main airports are in La Paz to the western side of the country and in Santa Cruz to the east (info >> www.sabsa.aero).

Amaszonas. Most famous for their La Paz to Rurrenabaque route but also fly to Uyuni, Trinidad, Guayaramerin, Riberalta, Cobija, San Borja, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

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