Oruro Carnival, Bolivia

Ranked #6 in Bolivia tourismOruro Carnival, the religious festival dating all the way back to 2000 years in the past occurs in Oruru. It’s highly acclaimed and what was once an indigenous ritual later came to adopt a more Christian flair featuring the Virgin of Candelaria (also called Virgin of Socavón).

Oruro Carnival

Oruro Carnival

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Oruro Carnival Details

February 2nd is the festival date, with the “Llama llama” or “Diablada” being the most important traditional dance that takes place. When the festival starts off, the people involved comprise 48 groups of folk dancers who perform 18 varied folk dances, each with its own meaning, cultural significance and historical worth. They display a pilgrimage performance to the Shrine of the Tunnel every Saturday during the festival.

Oruro Carnival in Bolivia

Oruro Carnival in Bolivia

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Oruro Carnival - Llamerada Dancers in the Carnival

Oruro Carnival – Llamerada Dancers in the Carnival

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