The Oruro Carnival is a popular celebration that is held each year in the city of Oruro, and is one of the biggest demonstrations of folk arts and traditional Andean culture of Bolivia. Declared by UNESCO as "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity".
Oruro is considered the folkloric capital of Bolivia, the party focuses on the tradition in 1789 which indicated that miraculously an image of the Virgin appeared in the tunnel of the richest silver mine in Oruro, and since that time the celebration focused on the cult of the “Virgen del Socabon” also known as the "Virgen de la Candelaria" (Virgin of the Tunnel) It is noted that a thief known as Chiru Chiru stole from the mines to give to the poor was injured by a miner in a robbery gone wrong, later found dead and engraved above his head was a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary which then b ecame known as la “Virgin de Socabon” (virgin of the tunnel) from this the devil myth was born of “El Tio” (uncle/devil) of the miners whom brought good or bad luck, it is told in religious myths and folk art that el Tio would appear in the tunnels of Oruro.
In actual fact the most important celebrations are centered on the Socavon Sanctuary with approximately 30,000 carnival dancers and about 10,000 musicians and the duration of the carnival is approximately 20 hours. The main focus on folkloric dance is La Diablada (devil dance), though also popularly highlighted are Los Caporales (the Caporals), Morenada, Suri-Sicuris, Llamerada, the Kullawada, the Waca-Waca, Pujllay, Tinku and many other folkloric fraternities.
Saturday is the main entrance to the carnival of Oruro, where we can appreciate the wonderful and colorful festivity of the Virgin, enjoying every moment in time to native/national music of the variety dances such as the Diablada, Morenada, Caporales, Tobas, Phujllay and many more, also key points in the festivity are the special costumes designed and embroidered by expert Bolivian artisans, with a diversity of colors and style fitted uniquely to each region of Bolivia.
Although the Oruro Carnival lasts many days the main focus is on Saturday, the first day of the carnival and the main focal dance is “The Diablada” which represents the battle between good and evil. The devil is represented by the myth of “El Tio” created by the miners as bringer of good or bad luck, in contrast to that of the religious appearance of the Virgin Mary within the mines of Oruro known as la “Virgen del Socavon”.
03:30am pick up from your hotel/hostel (in La Paz city area only) and depart towards the city of Oruro (located to 230km from the city of La Paz), we will have breakfast and upon arriving to Oruro you will be accommodated in viewing seats in the Avenue where you will be able to appreciate the wonderful and colorful folklore festivity. Throughout the day we will provide lunch and in the afternoon we will continue enjoying each moment to the rhythm of the music and the different dances.
At 19:00pm we return from Oruro to the city of La Paz
22:30pm Arrival to La Paz (Sagárnaga Street)
Included:Transport to/from Oruro, Oruro Carnival (English speaking guide, breakfast, refreshments, lunch, beer or soda, raincoat.
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