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Oruro Carnival

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

Each year in Oruro, just before Ash Wednesday, the city of Oruro hosts the Carnaval de Oruro, one of the most important folkloric and cultural events in all of South America. The festival features over 28,000 dancers, performing a broad variety of ethnic dances. Around 10,000 musicians accompany the dancers. Unlike carnival in Rio where a new theme is chosen each year, carnival in Oruro always begins with the diablada or devil dance. It is considered to retain most of the artistic expression coming from pre-Columbian America.

HISTORY

ong before Spanish settlement, the ancient town of Uru Uru (the pre-hispanic name for Oruro) was a religious destination for the Aymara and Quechua people of the Andes. Locals would worship Andean deities, praying for protection and giving thanks to Pachamama. The Uru people also revered their gods by celebrating Ito; the religious festival from which Carnival is thought to have originated.

In 1606 the Spanish founded today’s Oruro using the land, already being mined by the Indigenous population, as a base for obtaining the rich minerals in the surrounding hills. In conjunction with their land being taken away, the locals were used as laborers for the Europeans who encroached on their religion with the introduction of Christianity.

From the get-go, Spanish priests tried to ban the Uru Uru rituals and traditions. Not wanting to renounce their beliefs, the Indians observed their traditions under the guise of Catholic rituals in order to keep their new overseers happy. The catholic priests frowned upon this, but tolerated it in order to convert the Aymara and Quechua people to their religion.

CULTURE

Oruro’s fascinating history, diverse culture and religious influence is most apparent in the endless stream of folk dances performed during Carnival. Over 50 folkoric groups made up of around 20,000 dancers participate in the festival representing the various indigenous groups throughout Bolivia.

The most famous of the folk dances is without doubt La Diablada or Dance of the Devils, a ritual representing the victory of good over evil and one that has remained unchanged since colonial times.

Performed for the first time in 1904, La Diablada was born out of the Indigenous miners fear that El Tio, the god of the underworld, would be jealous of the attention they were paying to the Virgin, who was named the patron of Oruro’s Carnival. Since the priests had told the miners that El Tio was in fact the devil, they decided to honor their deity by performing in Carnival as diablos.

GEOGRAPHY

The department of oruro is in full high plateau, at 3706 meters above sea level, its predominant topography is flat, although much of the mountainous territory, where the majestic sajama rises with an elevation of 6542 msnm. Oruro has benefited from mineral deposits such as tin, wolfram, silver, lead, etc., located west of the republic of bolivia; it limits to the north with the department of la paz; to the south

with the department of potosí; to the east with the departments of cochabamba and potosí and the west with the republic of chile. It has an area of 53,558 km² and a population of 490,612 inhabitants (census 2012).

Cerro Rico - Potosi

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

The “rich mountain” or “Cerro Rico” that towers over the city of Potosí once held the silver that lured Spanish Conquistadors to the world’s highest city. Cerro Rico is the ideal travel destination for those who want to explore the affect that colonization had upon the indigenous people of Bolivia. Although the silver is long gone, tin is still mined from Cerro Rico. Visitors may tour the mines as well as the Casa Nacional de Moneda, a museum that once housed the royal mint.

HISTORY

 Cerro Rico was famous for providing vast quantities of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. The mountain, which is popularly conceived of as being "made of" silver ore, caused the city of Potosí to become one of the largest cities in the New World. After 1800, the silver mines were depleted, making tin the main product. This eventually led to a slow economic decline. Nevertheless, the mountain continues to be mined for silver to this day. Due to poor worker conditions, such as a lack of protective equipment against the constant inhalation of dust, many of the miners contract silicosis and have a life expectancy of around 40 years. The mountain is still a significant contributor to the city's economy, employing some 15,000 miners.

CULTURE

By the 17th century there were 160,000 colonists living in Potosí along with 13,500 Indians who were forced to work in the mines under the system of mita (mandatory labour). The Cerro de Potosí reached full production capacity after 1580, when a Peruvian-developed mining technique known as patio, in which the extraction of silver ore relied on a series of hydraulic mills and mercury amalgamation, was implemented. The industrial infrastructure comprised 22 lagunas or reservoirs, from which a forced flow of water produced the hydraulic power to activate 140 ingenios or mills to grind silver ore. The ground ore was amalgamated with mercury in refractory earthen kilns, moulded into bars, stamped with the mark of the Royal Mint and taken to Spain.

GEOGRAPHY

in Bolivia is situated east and southeast of the city of Potosí. It is at least 25 km long stretching from north to south. Its highest mountain is Khunurana (Anaruyu) rising up to 5,071 m (16,637 ft).The features of the range are considered the product of volcanic activity known as the Khari Khari caldera (19º43'S; 65º38'W). The caldera is about 40 km long and 25 km at its widest point.

Sucre

 

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

Known as the “City of Four Names”, Sucre is also called Charcas, La Plata and Chuquisaca. Founded in the 1500s by Spanish colonials, Sucre offers visitors a clear glimpse of life in aristocratic Spain in the 16th century. Sucre has many important historical buildings worth visiting, including La Casa de la Libertad, where Simón Bolívar wrote the Bolivian Constitution, and Bolivia’s National Library, which features documents dating to the 15th century.

HISTORY

On November 30, 1538, Sucre was founded under the name Ciudad de la Plata de la Nueva Toledo (City of Silver of New Toledo). In 1601 the Recoleta Monastery was founded by the Franciscans and in 1609 an archbishopric was founded in the city. In 1624 St Francis Xavier University of Chuquisaca was founded.

Festival time in Sucre

On May 25, 1809 the Bolivian independence movement was started with the ringing of the bell of the Basilica of Saint Francisco. This bell was rung to the point of breakage, but it can still be found in the Basilica today: it is one of the most precious relics of the city. Until the 19th century, La Plata was the judicial, religious and cultural centre of the region. It was proclaimed provisional capital of the newly independent Alto Peru (later, Bolivia) in July 1826.[1] On July 12, 1839, President José Miguel de Velasco proclaimed a law naming the city as the capital of Bolivia. The first "Grito Libertario" (Shout for Freedom) in any Western Hemisphere Spanish colony is said to have taken place in Sucre in 1809. Ironically from that point of view, Bolivia was the last Spanish imperial territory in South America to gain its independence, in 1825. In 1991 Sucre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

CULTURE

From the charming colonial architecture to the immaculately manicured parks, the aesthetic beauty of Sucre makes it a wonderful place to perch on a bench and soak in the peaceful surroundings.

Exuding old-world charm and filled with languid pursuits, most days you will find children chasing pigeons in the plaza, couples enjoying an ice-cream in the sun and old friends catching up on gossip at one of the many cozy cafes.

Salar de Uyuni

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

For a truly out-of-this-world travel destination, it’s hard to match the Salar de Uyuni. One of the flattest places in the world, the 4,000-square-mile salt flats were formed by a prehistoric lake. Visitors travel in 4×4 vehicles across the expanse of the salt flats to visit locally fashioned structures made entirely from bricks of salt. The salt flats are at their most spectacular after a rain, when water sitting atop the cemented salt acts like a mirror, perfectly reflecting the sky above

 

HISTORY

The name is derived from a native language "aymara" (uyu pen (enclosure), yard, cemetery, (ni) a suffix to indicate ownership, "the one that has got a pen", "the one with a pen") is a city in the southwest of Bolivia. There is little agriculture in the area because water supplies are scarce and somewhat saline.

Founded in 1890 as a trading post, the town has a population of 10,460 (2012 official estimate). The town has an extensive street-market.

 

CULTURE

The Salar de Uyuni was not always one of the driest places on earth. It was actually one of the wettest – it used to be a lake. According to local the people of Atlantis lived above the ancient Paleolakes of the Salar in caves. After doing a little research, it seems that there is some backing to Abel’s claim. Some researchers believe that Atlantis was located on the Pampa Auallagas mountain that is located close to the Salar.

 

 

GEOGRAPHY

 It lies at the edge of an extensive plain at an elevation of 3,700 m (12,139 ft) above sea level, with more mountainous country to the east.

This awe inspiring natural wonder was formed after several prehistoric lakes dried up.  Salt deposits leached from the surrounding mountains and with outlet to the sea, formed a salt crust over the dry lake bed. This salt crust, which is today metres thick, covers a pool of brine that is exceptionally rich in lithium. It is estimated that 50% of the world’s lithium reserves are in this one area.

Tiahuanaco

WHAT YOU WILL SEE

The remains of a Pre-Incan civilization. This monumental city in the Bolivian highlands 13,000 feet above sea level and one of 754 recognized World Heritage Sites, Tiahuanaco is surrounded by mountain ranges, with Lake Titicaca on its west side (though not visible). The massive, solid blocks of a stone not indigenous to the flat plateau give rise to the site's nickname, "the Stonehenge of the Americas"--and, over the years, they have given rise to some other worldly theories of how the site came to be. The museum contains most of the amazing things built by the Tiahuanaco people, pictures aren't allowed but sometimes can be taken. Something interesting is in the museum: a skeleton was recovered that is about 13,000 years old. This place is quite magical.

HISTORY

Tiahuanaco (or Tiahuanaco) was the capital of the Tiahuanaco Empire between c. 200 - 1000 CE and is situated in the Titicaca basin. At an altitude of 3,850 meters (12,600 ft) it was the highest city in the ancient world and had a peak population of between 30,000 and 70,000 residents. The Tiahuanaco Empire, at its largest extent, dominated the altiplano plains and stretched from the Peruvian coast to northern Bolivia and included parts of northern Chile. Tiahuanaco is located near the southern (Bolivian) shores of the sacred Lake Titicaca and it would become the center of one of the most important of all Andean cultures. The architecture, sculpture, roads, and empire management of Tiahuanaco would exert a significant influence on the later Inca civilization.

CULTURE

Because the indigenous groups that live in the highlands today claim this site as their own, many tourists believe Tiahuanaco was an Incan, Aymara, or Quechua site; however, the Tiahuanaco culture, unrelated to them, actually inhabited this region and built this city hundreds and possibly thousands of years prior to their arrival. The Incas entered the region later, conquering and assimilating other cultures. Because the cultures mixed, Aymaras and Quechuas today refer to themselves as descendants of the Incas, although they were not originally of Incan descent.

GEOGRAPHY

The Bolivian altiplano is part of the meseta collao, an extensive area of high plateau that crosses Bolivia, surrounds Lake Titicaca and goes into the southern region of Peru.

Despites faming averse climatic conditions, this area saw the flowering of several Aymara kingdoms and Tiahuanaco culture. In addition it was the place where the llama and the potato, among many other species, were domesticated.

Tiahuanaco represents the greatest megalithic architectural achievement of pre-Inca South America. Today it is one of the top tourist attractions in Bolivia.

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