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The Carnival is the biggest attraction in Oruro, but whenBolivia Pictures - Carnival of Oruro - Travel to Bolivia the groups of Diablos and Morenos are not traveling the city with their frantic and contagious movements, you will be able to know a series of places that will show you the other face of the folkloric capital city of Bolivia.

You should visit the Sanctuary of El Socavón, walk down the streets of La Paz, where the artisans that manufacture the masks and clothes of the dancers reside; also, it is recommendable to visit the Archaeological Museum and the Mineralogical Museum.

During the stay in the city of Oruro, it is recommendable to visit the following places:

Sanctuary of El Socavón: The place in which it is located was an old Uru ritual center, a pre-colombinan town that reached a remarkable development in the elaboration of ceramic. The temple -built in 1781- was initially named as Church of Nuestra Señora de Copacabana. The faithful people worshipped the Virgin of La Candelaria -patron saint of the miners- image that, in Oruro, is known as the Virgin of El Socavón.

Church San Francisco: Its construction began in the 17th century, although its current facade corresponds to the 18th century. In 1610, people responsible for the temple headed the foundation of La Cofradía de Nuestra Señora de la Visitación, composed by the freed black slaves residing in the city, what constituted an unique case.

Lighthouse of Conchupata: Place of great historical significance because here the current flag of Bolivia was hoisted for the first time, on November 7th, 1851, during the government of Manuel Isidoro Belzu. Conchupata -previously called Corrralpata- is located in the intersection of the Herrera and La Plata streets.

San José mine: The silver, lead and tin that were extracted of their tunnels were very important for the economy of the country. The mine, located at 5 kilometers from downtown, began to be exploited two centuries ago.

Spas of Capachos and Obrajes: Their waters, hotly medicinal, are a temptation for the tourists that arrive to Oruro. Capachos, located at 12 kilometers from the city, have covered single pools; Obrajes -at 25 kilometers- is an important recreational center, in which there is a comfortable Lodging.

Sandbanks of San Pedro: The impressive dunes of sand that seem to be extracted of a gigantic desert, give a special panorama to the skirts of the San Pedro hill, that is at to two kilometers from the city.

Cala Cala: This archaeological area, where pre-colombinan paintings can be appreciated, is located at 20 kilometers from Oruro. Flocks of flamingos, llamas and felines, were sketched with simple lines by the ancient Bolivian.

Chullpares bridge: From this bridge, built in the colonial time, the beauty of the highlands can be appreciated. The pre-hispanic necropolis of Chusaqueri, with its stone and mud funeral monuments, is located in its vicinities.

Lake Poopo: located at 65 kilometers from Oruro, in the route that leads to the neighboring department of Potosí. The biggest attraction in the island of Panza, ideal place for hunting and fishING.

Paria: A temple of stone of remarkable "mestizo" style is the main "jewel" of the first town in the region founded by the Spanish conquerors. According to the historical data, Paria was founded in 1535 by Diego de Almagro and the captain Juan de Saavedra.

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