Carnaval is without a doubt a worldwide celebration that is mirrored in cultures all over the world. Even in the United States, some areas do a big showing for Carnaval one of the craziest festivals in South America and it has sparked many copycats. However until you experience Carnaval de Oruro, Bolivia you are truly missing out.
Grotesque masks that will make your head spin, painstaking hours of manual labor spent to create the costumes show in ALL the elaborate costuming. Constant parades of music, and people dancing in the streets. The beauty of the small mining town of Oruro being host to such an elaborate display of pageantry is how whimsical and authentic this makes the entire experience.
All the colors of the rainbow come to life on the streets and on the plates with an endless array of foods to sooth every pallet. The market, of course, comes to life as it does with all South American festivals.
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Oruro goes out of their way to make this a special event and the town being of such religious and cultural significance with the blend of Catholic and Pagan rituals, water fights, kids playing in the streets, spontaneous street dancing…it is easy to see why this is one of the best multicultural celebrations in the world.
Carnaval De Oruro takes places in the town of Oruro in Bolivia, 3,700 meters above sea level.
To get the most out of Carnaval you are going to really need to be able to walk around. With so much going on it will be hard to see in a vehicle and honestly, traffic will be an issue. There is plenty of local transportation in the form of busses and taxis so finding your way around should not be a problem. Check with hotel staff to make sure you are getting the best deals.
This is a major city with plenty of hotels in and around the area. There are local options that range from resorts, bed and breakfasts hotels, hostels, and you can even find house-sharing options as well. Get creative and ask around you never know what options are available. Just be safe and make smart choices, especially if you are traveling abroad.
Oruro is a beautiful and sprawling city with plenty for everyone to see and do. Packed with tons of beautifully crafted historical monuments, amazing food, and an unforgettable market. Being a modern city you can catch a movie, or go out for drinks but for the more adventurous Museo Antropológico Eduardo López Rivas, which have exhibits ranging from Mastadons to Carnaval costumes!
Carnaval starts off on 1st March and ends on the 4th of March!
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