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CARNAVAL DE ORURO — 8 days/7 nights

La Paz / Tiwanaku / Lake Titicaca / Carnaval de Oruro / Sajama & Lauca National Parks / La Paz

 

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Carnaval de Oruro 2018

Carnival in Bolivia - Dance with the Devil

Prepare Now for Carnival 2018 - Spaces are Limited!

The Oruro Carnival takes place over four days with festivities throughout each day. In 2018, Carnaval de Oruro will be held from February 10 to 13, with the most important events happening on Saturday and Sunday.

Street Carnival in Bolivia – Colorful Folklore & Festive Fun

Elaborate costumes, grotesque masks and gloves, showy textiles and embroidery... At carnival time, the austere mining city of Oruro transforms radically and offers one of the most authentic and colorful festivals in South America.

Oruro's historical importance, as well as its cultural and religious influence, makes its carnival a natural setting for demonstrating the multiculturalism of Bolivia and especially its variety of folk dances. The dance groups participating represent various indigenous dance styles from Bolivia, Andes & Amazonia.

El Carnaval de Oruro, Bolivia's greatest folkloric show, is also a UNESCO World Heritage event.

Serious Fun on Saturday before Ash Wednesday

Guilds and groups of folk dancers specializing in 20 different folk dances perform a pilgrimage to the Shrine (Sanctuary of El Socavón). The size of the companies ranges from 50 dancers up to 700 — so you can imagine the massive scale of the parades. And they are accompanied by their respective marching bands! The groups dress up as angels and demons, Incas and Spanish conquerors... The colorful and often elaborate costumes and masks are a real treat.

With water fights, flashy costumed parades, dancing girls and pagan-catholic rituals, Bolivians really know how to celebrate carnival in style!

Carnival Dates 2018: February 10 to 13, 2018

Oruro Carnival is listed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The 2018 Oruro Carnival can easily be added to your itinerary for your holiday to Bolivia. (See sample itinerary in this page.) Contact us for more information and travel suggestions.

Carnaval de Oruro 2018

Carnival in Bolivia - Dance with the Devil

WHERE?

• LA PAZ - Discover La Paz and lose yourself in streets brimming with life, where neighbors, artisans and sorcerers rub elbows amidst the daily agitation of typical markets.

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• TIWANAKU (also spelled Tiahuanaco) - This site was the political and religious center of the most important pre-Inca civilization. Now Tiwanaku is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and one of the most interesting and mysterious archaeological sites in the Andes.

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• LAKE TITICACA - According to legend, the Sun, as well as the pre-Inca god, Viracocha, rose from its depths. In the middle of the lake, the Island of the Sun is the Sacred Place. We will spend time wandering among the ancient ruins hidden in the folds of the steeply terraced slopes of Pilkokaina, Stairway of Yumani...

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• ORURO CARNIVAL - Once a year Oruro, a small mining town in the Altiplano of Bolivia, comes alive with colour, dance, music and celebrations. Carnival in Oruro already rivals Brazil's Rio de Janeiro for color and culture, if not for size. Featuring music, dance and crafts, it is highlighted by a ceremonial parade lasting 20 hours, covering 4 kilometres and involving 30,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians. The carnival reinforces the cultural identity of the community, and attracts more than 400,000 people each year. The biggest tourist attraction is the opening day of the annual Carnival when thousands of the faithful people parade through the city streets on the way to the Sanctuary of El Socavón. Along the way, dances such as Diablada, Morenada, Tobas, Llamerada and Phujllay and many others are performed by folkloric, costumed and masked groups dressed as archangels, devils, Incas and Spanish conquistadors... Only company members may participate in the “peregrinación”, the main parade on Saturday, while visitors may also be allowed to join in on Sunday. Oruro is located in western Bolivia, 140 miles (230 km) south of La Paz. Oruro’s carnival is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

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• SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK - Bolivia’s sparse highlands are rich in natural and cultural treasures that are protected in national parks such as the one home to the Sajama volcano (Bolivia’s highest mountain, ice-capped Nevado Sajama, at 6,542 m) and the neighbouring Lauca Biosphere Reserve in northern Chile. Don't miss the chance to explore “Los Payachatas” between Chile and Bolivia.

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WHAT?

Carnaval de Oruro - Cultural Exploration - Easy Hiking - Community Projects - Artists Excursions

WHEN?

The 2018 CARNAVAL DE ORURO will be held from February 10 to 13, 2018. The highlight of the festival is the grand opening and main ceremonial parade (Spanish: Entrada de Carnaval) on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

February is green season in the tropics.

Carnaval de Oruro 2018

Carnival in Bolivia - Dance with the Devil

Day 1 - Arrive La Paz; Tour the city. Overnight at chosen hotel in downtown La Paz.

Day 2 - At leisure to explore La Paz independently and acclimatise to high altitude. Optional a mid-afternoon guided trip to join local craftspeople for interactive workshops and exploration of the Bolivian daily life on the Carnival celebrations. Overnight at chosen hotel in downtown La Paz. [B]

Day 3 - Visit Tiwanaku archaeological site and carry on to Copacabana, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Overnight at local hotel facing the lake. [B]

Day 4 - Hike the Island of the Sun and search for Inca remains at Pilcokaina and other ancient sites. Overnight at local hotel on the Sun Island. [B]

Day 5 - Hike the Island of the Sun to the northern tip of the island. Back to La Paz for overnight. [B]

Day 6 - Early morning departure to Oruro - Full day Carnaval with seats on the main plaza that provide a perfect view of the parade at the heart of the live action. Optional mid-afternoon guided trip to the Socavón Sanctuary to see where the parade finishes and learn about its religious meaning for the participants. Overnight at chosen hotel. [B]

Day 7 - Overland trip to Sajama & Lauca National Parks. Explore breathtaking altiplano scenery of “Los Payachatas” on a gentle trek through some of the highest forests in the world, snow-sprinkled volcanoes, sparkling lakes and isolated hot springs. A trip that combines these parks is well worth the extra time and energy. Overnight stay at a local community-run mountain lodge at the base of Mount Sajama. [B]

Day 8 - Sajama National Park - Visit the local community, hike around and stop for a swim in the natural hot springs nearby... Return to La Paz and transfer to airport or carry on with more Bolivia travels. [B]


Oruro, Bolivia

Meals Included: Breakfast [B], Lunch [L], Dinner [D]

Depart any day! Custom dates and prices available.
Contact one of our travel consultants for details.

The 2018 Oruro Carnival will be held from February 10 to 13, 2018. The highlight of the festival is the grand opening and main ceremonial parade (Spanish: Entrada de Carnaval) on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

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To fully appreciate the Bolivian Carnival, but to also have time to visit the surroundings, plan 4-6 days or more for a round trip from La Paz, Bolivia.

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