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...more
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...more
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...more
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......more
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...more
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...more
Oruro has only a few bars and some little discos and karaoke bars, but you can have fun there as well (nothing difficult to find, the city is small: all around 6th of august near to it)
And there´s a cinema at the main plaza. IT´s not very big and new, but it´s ok. only advice: take your jacket with you, it´s cold inside.
Getting to this small, but at the same time nice city. The only way is by bus.you can get from la paz (3hours), from Cochabamba (4hours). From Potosi (6hours). So, as you can see all the choices to get here is by bus. But don`t worry to much, the roads to Oruro are paviment, besides the buses are confortable.more
only some advices:pay around 5 to 8 bolivianos to get almost everywhere in Oruro. Make the price before starting.Keep cool, in Oruro they drive like everywhere in southamerica ( quite wild) but they think a bit more slowly....but all of them do like that :-) so nothing happens..... it´s a bit joke, but the high altitude and less oxigene makes them...more
I was sitting on a bench outside the ticket office at the station, my husband had gone to buy the tickets and I was looking after two large backpacks (lodged against the wall) and two day packs, one by each foot.
I was reading, but was aware that a short well dressed man with dark hair had sat down on the bench next to me. The man pointed to one of the packs and as I turned my head to look at it I noticed a short lady with dark bobbed hair bend down and pick up the other pack.
Luckily I noticed and managed to give chase and get it back!
But look out for a well dressed middle aged couple at the station. I've learnt my lesson and now have my pack firmly attached to some part of me at all times!
Luggage and bags:
if you are a backpacker, one tip: try to find a e.g. big potatoe bag on the market to put in your backpack. That helps you to protect it during bus travel and also against thiefs that try to cut your backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: the nights in the altiplano are very cold, and in general the hostels don´t have heatings. Bring warm clothing
Photo Equipment: you can buy everything as well in Bolivia
main place also called: Plaza Castro y PadillaUnfortunately I cannot name this building that is also placed on one side of the plaza central. Also buildings of the technical university of Oruro are placed next to the plaza. On one of the coldest days of the year I have been there on a students party....all were dancing in thick winter clothes,...more