Carnaval De Oruro




If you happen to travel to the beautiful country of Bolivia, consider visiting one of its most famous cities, Oruro. Named after its ancient settlers (called Uru Uru), the city is considered as one of the most popular cities in the world due to its legendary Oruro Carnival.

Also called as Carnaval de Oruro in the local language, the Oruro Carnival is deemed to be one of the best folkloric events to be celebrated in South America and the festival manage to pull in an amazing crowd every year.

Location: The small historical city of Oruro is located at the base of a massive mountain range and is located about 3710 meters above sea level. The only way to reach the city would be by buses that travel through narrow winding roads up the mountain.


Domestic and international flights land at Cochabamba and the travel time to reach the city of Oruro from the airport is estimated to be about 4 hours.

Event History: There are many versions of the reason behind the celebrations. Apparently, the festival has its roots in ancient Christian mythology wherein the Virgin of Grotto appeared before a dying burglar called Nina Nina and saved his life.

Another story says that the festival was partly a ritual that needed to be carried out at a Columbian ceremonial site, which later became a sacred site for the people of the Uru tribe (in the 16th century).

Though the festivities were banned in the 17th century, traces of the celebration could be found hidden behind normal Christian services. Soon enough, the Andean disciples became saints and the festival was transformed into the fully fledged Christian Festival called the Ito Festival (renamed later as Oruro Festival).

Today, the festival is celebrated every year over a period of 10 days before Ash Wednesday.  Marking the beginning of the Lent Period, the entire city is transformed into a colorful site and several tourists arrive from around the world to take part in the fun and festivities. Autoclave de vapor Blog

Event Particulars: The festival begins at 5.30 in the morning of the first day of the weekend and stretches on for nearly 20 hours before it comes to a grand finale the next day. Most of the festivities involve dances, music and storytelling shows.

One of the more popular dances includes the traditional lama lama dance which is also called the diablada dance by locals. Most of the performances showcase stories about good triumphing over evil. Participants don bright colorful costumes and perform skits with several dances and music compositions.

The performances are so well planned out and executed that the United Nations has recognized these events as Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Unbelievably, these traditions and dances have been handed down over 20 generations and are followed to perfection even today.

Every costume adorned, every expression given, every move made and every song sung, sends out a significant message to the spectators. There are more than 40 dance troupes that showcase different dances and skits before the cheering crowd and each performance is attributed to an important historical event.

One of the main events of the festival includes the “entrada”, which showcases participants taking part in a masked procession throughout the city. Another very popular event and a rather funny one at that would be the “globo war“, wherein two parties fight it out with little globos (water balloons) and foam cans.

Most of the spectators tend to get caught in the cross fire and those wishing to avoid contact with the balloons and the foam can opt to wear plastic cloaks offered to them by the participants.

They say some things have to be seen to be believed. It’s the same with the Carnaval de Oruro. Visit this quaint little mountain side city and watch it turn overnight into one of the most vibrant cities of South America for the Orura Carnival.



Carnaval De Oruro

Carnaval De Oruro

If you happen to travel to the beautiful country of Bolivia, consider visiting one of its most famous cities, Oruro. Named after its ancient settlers (called U





Carnaval De Oruro
Carnaval De Oruro

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