Dates: February 15-19 2007
Arrive on Wednesday 15 the latest:
on thursady 16, there is the Andean Anata Parade (all the towns in Oruro send a dancers group with a native instruments band). BEAUTIFUL!
Friday 17: visit: park Sajama, Obrajes termal waters or stay in Oruro and visit the San MIguel de la Rancheria Museum and the Patinyo museum (Patinyo=mines tycoon)
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18: the parade!!!!
Monday: 19: in front of the Socavon Church and in the Main Square there are great dancing representations made by the Diablada and Morenada fraternities
Then you can connect to Uyuni salt flat (train), La Paz (bus), ARgentina (bus/train)
Yesterday, i had the great chance to be again in oruro to attend to the great festival that happen once a year...
certainly, NOT in vain is named as a heritage of the humanity by the UNESCO.
This is a great festival that begin early and finish really late..it takes the whole day and it`s really worth to visit it...please have a look at my travelogues..i have some pics there.
Most of Bolivians are catolic, so everywhere you get you will always find Catolic churches.
But this church is particularly the most important in Oruro. I`m talking about (EL SOCAVON). Where the Virgen del Socavon is here. It`s so interesting to get here, when you get into the church you will see the virgen and some apostols, under here there is a mine where you can find to the devil (EL TIO).
So, as you notice the good is over the bad.
During the carnaval of Oruro the procession through the whole city of Oruro ends here at this place where the whole night until the next day the party goes on, a mixture of differerent cultures. It is a must see during the carnaval...and I have not been there unfortunately......
The place in which it is located was an old Uru ritual center, a pre-colombian town that reached a remarkable development in the elaboration of ceramic. The temple -built in 1781- was initially named as Church of Nuestra Se?ora de Copacabana. The faithful people worshipped the Virgin of La Candelaria -patron saint of the miners- image that, in Oruro, is known as the Virgin of El Socavon.
The Carnival of Oruro is an endless rosary of dances and faith. Thousands of faithful people carry out a journey through the streets of the city -founded in 1606- before arriving at the Sanctuary of El Socavón. Dances of remote origins like the Diablada, the Morenada, the Tobas, the Llamerada and the Phujllay, among other, are revived by the fifty folkloric groups that participate in the party
In front of the church of Oruro there is a nice plaza. We've walked there when we were waiting for the train to Uyuni. The plaza has a good view of Oruro and also has a miner monument.
Yeah, as i told you into the Socavon you will find to (EL TIO), the machines, some belongs of the miners.
To get here you must go to the office where you can get the tickets.
Interesting little museum about bolivian history. Here you find founds of the precolumbian time as well as a lot of info about the time since spanish colonialism. Small but very interesting museum.