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  • Y P
    Phillipsburg, NJ88 contributions
    sunset in Sajama village at the National Park ..a spectacular Andean landscape, with elevations ranging from 4,200 to 6,542 meters (13,780 to 21,463 ft). It contains the snowy cone of the volcano Sajama, the highest mountain in Bolivia at 6542 meters
    Written 14 February 2024
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  • JohnInBolivia
    La Paz, Bolivia57 contributions
    The Oruro Carnival has it all; music, dancing, beer (well sadly it was limited this year), water sports (not so good for a late Carnaval), and huge number of spectators. I've been to the Rio Carnaval; its glitzier and there costumes are arguably better, but Oruro for me is on a par with Rio, or possibly better. Rio has a sameness of the dancing schools. This isn't the case at Oruro where there are 15-20 different types of dances/music/costumes. One important thing for first time visitors to do before their visit is to study the history of different dances/music. If you do this then you'll have a much better appreciation of what you're about to see. And when you're there, let it all hang out and join the locals dancing as each group goes past.
    Written 8 April 2019
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  • Michiel MM
    Laren, The Netherlands36 contributions
    A real new statue in Oruro that rises far above the town. A modern building around the Maria statue in which some expositions, about Carnaval in Oruro, can be seen.
    You need to pay extra forthis exposition but it gives you a good insight about the “ biggest tradition” of Oruro and it’s worth wile!
    To go up to the Virgin statue take the cable line, only operating on wednesday and weekend time, but worth seeing it and it gives you a fantastic sight over the city ofOruro.
    Written 3 December 2018
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  • Millet02
    Atlanta, GA516 contributions
    This museum has a small but interesting collection of things, including a lot of stone llama heads and a few mummies. Definitely worth the time to visit.
    Written 13 November 2018
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  • Similtiades
    Riga, Latvia3,576 contributions
    My girlfriend and I were planning on visiting the statue and viewpoint on our afternoon in Oruro, but unfortunately found the cable car station completely closed and abandoned. On closer inspection, the sign on the door read that it only operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Why? It seems like a pretty vital piece of infrastructure, especially for visitors to this town where there is very little else to do.

    We both had altitude sickness, so walking up was out of the question, and there was no WiFi anywhere to call a car as the local taxis were all really expensive to get up there. If you're planning on visiting Oruro, make sure it's on a Wednesday it seems. Rated two stars because at least it still looks nice overlooking the town, especially if you can see it from a rooftop.
    Written 10 February 2020
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  • lalostrada
    Mexico City, Mexico289 contributions
    It is said that when the mines were being exploded Oruro was one of the most prolific cities in America.

    This museum will give you an overview of how miners used to work during the Spanish conquer times. The entrance is 7 BOB (around 1 dollar) for locals and 12 BOB for tourists. They have fixed schedules to allow the entrance, we did it at noon.

    While you are descending the stairs you will find two figures one of "Chiru Chiru" and one of "Tio", Chiru Chirus were known as the thieves of the mines, they would robe the mine to distribute among poor people. Tio is explained below.

    Once you reach the bottom a lot of objects from the ancient mining times are displayed, although the conservation space lacks of infrastructure you have the chance to see several objects such as calculators, typewriters and tools from that age. There is a display of minerals as well.

    Deeper inside you can see 2 figures of "Tio" which were venerated by ancient miners, it represents the "Ayachilla" (the spirit of the mountains) and is still believed that they are the link between Mother Earth (Pacha Mama) and ours, and are treated with respect; that's why many offerings are gathered around them. Although after the Spanish invasion they were represented as Diablos (devils) since the Catholic belief would not allow to venerate a diety from the underground.

    Even the original idea for Tios was lost in translation a couple of centuries ago, the tradition still persists, although the imposition of beliefs from Christan Catholic church orureños still treat with respect the Tios, which are also one of the origins of world famous Carnaval de Oruro.

    The 2 Tios at the bottom are represented as men who have died in the mine, to let miners be reminded that one have to treat mother Earth with love and respect and she would give us her richness in return.

    Very interesting.

    Thanks to my friend Giovanni Mejia who helped me understand the whole picture.
    Written 7 October 2018
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  • Michiel MM
    Laren, The Netherlands36 contributions
    A nice and ‘ bubbling” parc right in the center of Oruro. People sitting and walking around with their children. many times lots of carnaval music of bands excercising for carnaval.
    SAll around vending people with all kind of foodstuff, ballons etc. Round 6-7PM all the schools go out and choldren in their school uniforms walk around and make pleasure with each other!
    Written 3 December 2018
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  • Alice C
    Texas89 contributions
    Other than the relatively unique appearance from the outside, the cathedral doesn't have much to offer. It looks interesting, but doesn't stand out from all the other cathedrals in South America.
    Written 1 July 2015
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  • Adams_Advisor
    Krakow, Poland99 contributions
    I have already finished trip in Uyumi.
    Train and toilets was clean and staffs are nice.
    Buffet in restaurant car delicious and not to much expensive.
    I have only two remarks:
    - to loudly movies!
    - the train departure time is too late and in Uyumi arrive at 21:20
    Around 18 starting be dark!
    But my average experience is good.
    Written 17 May 2016
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