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Carnaval de oruro

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Address: Plaza principal, Oruro, Bolivia
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+591 2 5255647

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Wonderful Lifetime Experience

Carnaval here is not merely a tourist attraction. It is listed with UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, since it dates back over 200 years... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Carnaval here is not merely a tourist attraction. It is listed with UNESCO's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, since it dates back over 200 years. Originally, an indigenous celebration, it now incorporates Christian themes as well. Carnaval starts around 10am on Saturday and continues until 7 or 8pm, but then it starts again on Sunday morning,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot of people coming to see it, which unfortunately also attracts pick-picketers. I had my phone stolen on Friday at the carnival, bought another phone and then I had that phone stolen the next day! Two phones stolen within 13h of each other. I took a bus out of Oruro and never looked back. If you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

This is just one incredible carnival that if you go on February then you must go, it's a glorious show with plenty of colors, dancing and well I must admit that there are beautiful women, I noticed there were also foreign women that go before in order to learn and appear to the parade, this carnival as I know lasts... More 

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

If you want history and the very best of culture, go to Oruro in February! The next Carnaval - about 2000 years old - is taking place in the second week of February. It starts with the very traditional dances, and the high peak is 6-9 February, ending with the entrance in the Church of Socavon. It's absolutely amazing, with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Oruro is a small town but in Carnival season it is full of tourist, visitors and dancers. They dance in honor of Mother Mary, Mother of Jesus. Beware to find a good place to sleep because the small town is full of visitors and it is difficult to find a place. If ou are going to see the parade, 6... More 

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Ashburn, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

Oruro, mining city that over the centuries has blended cultures from, basically most of the world, comes alive to show this diverse blend that has formed over time during Carnaval. A mixture of paganism and religion, good and evil, oppressors and oppressed, dance together to honor the Matron Saint of the city. It helps to read a bit on the... More 

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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

The trip isn't for the faint of heart or those of delicate composure. The event is put on by Bolivian dance troops who spend extravagant amount of money creating their traditional costumes and countless hours rehearsing for competition across the country. Hotels fill up, get expensive and quite frankly are not significantly better than many hostels. You can take tour... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

If you are a foreign traveler, taking on the adventure... Plan ahead. Although Oruro becomes a touristic mecca every year for the Carnaval, the city is not prepared for the influx. Book hotels way early. It won't be cheap but you'll secure your lodging. Sometimes payment is not available on internet so you may have to do wire transfers and... More 

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