Carnival of Oruro

The Carnival of Oruro is the most important Carnival in Bolivia. It has been given the title of UNESCO cultural patrimony, and together with the Carnival of Tilcara it is one of the most traditional carnivals in the whole world. It is also one of the few synchretic carnivals where Pagan and Christian traditions still exist hand in hand. I accidentally ended up in Oruro on the day of the burial of the Carnival. After ten days of continuous celebration, this is the last day before the city falls silent again. But first, out come the comparsas (troupes) with their traditional costumes. The burial of the Carnival comes nowhere close to its opening, but to me, it was beautiful enough. Here a few images.

Written by Sissi Korhonen
Exploring, interpreting and understanding cultures through local languages and people. An advocate for intercultural communication as a basis for diversity acceptance and human equality.