Oruro Travel Guide

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Oruro Things to Do

  • Carnival 2007 - Organize yourself!

    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...

  • miner monument

    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.


    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...

  • Museum experience

    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.

  • A religion experience...

    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...

  • Iglesia del Socavon

    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......

  • Sanctuary of El Socavon

    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...

  • Archaeological Museum

    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.


    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...


Oruro Nightlife

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    Oruro cinema

    by chancay Written Jan 21, 2003

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    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.

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Oruro Transportation

  • Buses

    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.

  • Taxi

    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...

  • :-) special exotic car: the VolkswageM

    I didn´t see one of these special cars, but seem to be possible to get one (if you believe in the sign)


Oruro Shopping

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  • Clothes, mantas and carpets handmade

    The store offers handmade clothes, carpets, mantas and similar things made out of the wool of Llama or Alpaca. Very high quality. Prices are higher than on the market, but the quality explains the prices.

  • Market streets

    up the hill beginning near to the central place a typical bolivian market where you can buy almost everything

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Oruro Local Customs

  • Drinking a local beer...

    Well as most of the Europeans do. Drink or eat a local food is so interesting.Indeed, Oruro has its own local beer, that is called HUARI. It`s so good that i really recommed you to try.

  • Oruro: On February (previous...

    Oruro: On February (previous week end to ash-wednesday) you may see the splendorous traditional religious festivities, in advocation to Virgin of the miners (Virgen del Socavon).

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Oruro Warnings and Dangers

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    Bag Snatch

    by PrincessMonja Written Nov 29, 2003

    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!

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Oruro What to Pack

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    Take warm clothes with you

    by chancay Written Jan 15, 2003

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    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

    Oruro by night

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Oruro Favorites

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  • around the plaza de armas

    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,...

  • balnearios de Obrajes

    A beautiful place to visit are the thermal bathes of obrajes...around 30 minuts by car (23 km) of distance from the centrum of Oruro on the way to Cochabamba. It´s a place to relax in a thermal pool, or just to enjoy the swimming pool and have a funny day.

  • Banco de Credito at plaza de armas

    just on of the buildings around the main plaza, but in a "modern" style constructed....so next to all the older buildings around it is an eye catcher although not very beautiful in my eyes. But banks seem to need always something special.....;-)


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