One of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in South America, and Bolivia’s most sought after celebrated tourist attraction, attracting over 400,000 people.
The iconic Carnival of Oruro is among the most authentic, colorful festivals in the world, boasting UNESCO recognition as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage, The Carnival is a religious festival which takes place over three days in Oruro, Bolivia.
The religious festival dating back more than 200 years, was born in an effort by the Spanish to convert the native people from their original religious beliefs to Catholicism. It is a representation of the struggle of good against evil and the victory of the army of angels, guided by the Archangel Michael.
The Carnival features spectacular folk dances, elaborate costumes, grotesque masks, beautiful crafts, lively music, and up to 20 hours of continuous partying. The culmination of the city’s rich dance and musical heritage attracts bands, dance troupes, musicians and revelers from across Bolivia and beyond.
One of the main events of the carnival is the Diablada, or ‘dance of the devils,’ a symbolic dance representing the victory of Good over Evil, the angels over the devils. The Diablada, and many others are incredibly rich and proud Bolivian folkloric music and dance rituals.