Excursions


Fiesta de Urqupiña (August) in Quillacollo |
The most important religious-pagan fiesta of Cochabamba where all indigenous-folkloric expressions of the country converge. Around 50‘000 dancers in magnificent costumes offer their typical dances, accompanied by enormous bands of musicians.

Carnaval de Oruro (February or March) |

The biggest folkloric fiesta of South America was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO.

Catavi |
Three days in the mining centre Catavi-Siglo XX, that at a time was one of the biggest tin producers of the occidental world. Practical classes with emphasis on Bolivian history and actuality.

La Paz |
La Paz is the highest de facto capital of the world, situated between 3' 200 and 4' 000 m above sea level, between immense plains and majestic mountains. The Illimani, symbol of La Paz, rises protecting this impressing city, centre of commerce, finance and government. It is a city full of contradictions, with a majoritarian Aymara population and a vast cultural diversity.

Tiwanaku |
Tiwanaku is considered the most important culture of the pre-Columbian period in Bolivian territory and in South America. In the course of two millenaries it achieved important advances in science and art. Proofs are the cultivation and irrigation techniques in beds on flat land, and terraces on the hill sides. Also surprises their architecture where they put on record astronomical knowledge moulded delicately into different types of lithic materials. Its capital, also called Tiwanaku, is situated at 70 km west of La Paz at an altitude of 3' 845 m above sea level. (Archeol. Guide Bolivia, Archeol. Javier Escalante M.)

Sucre |
Known as the "White City of the Americas", it is the historic and legal capital of Bolivia, which has maintained its colonial character. Its university attracts students from all over Bolivia and the neighbour countries. Its museums, culture and handicrafts make a visit memorable. A mute witness, protagonist of the region's history, a deity for the native, a 1' 400 year old cedar tree can be visited in the garden of the Recoleta Museum. On Sundays, Tarabuco becomes a market and meeting place for the magnificently dressed Tarabuqueños, descendants of the Yamparaez warriors, who defeated the Spanish conquerors in several occasions.

Potosi |
Founded in 1545, during the colony Potosí was the most important town of the continent, bigger than London or Paris at that time. The town is dominated by the Cerro Rico - the Rich Mountain, where hundreds of thousand men, the native mitayos and the black slaves, imported from Africa, disappeared. The visitor of this town-museum will feel moved to the Middle Age. Nearby are the hot springs of Tarapaya, a volcano lagoon, which distributes its water to several thermal resorts.

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