is the biggest attraction in Oruro, but when
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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