Oruro Carnival

(February or March – 4 days preceding Ash Wednesday)

It is the biggest annual cultural event in Bolivia, has been declared Oral and Intangible Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO. It is an extraordinary expression of the religious and cultural syncretism with thousands of dancers and musicians who show their devotion to the Socabon Virgin.

This feast has more than 20 varieties of dances, the Diablada being the most representative and perhaps the most impressive; this dance of the Devil dates back to the 12th Century. There are more than 50 dance groups from all over Bolivia and the size of each group ranges from 70 to 700 dancers resulting in a massive scale of parades.

The colorful and often elaborate costumes and masks are a real treat. Duration: 1 or 2 days

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