Bolivian Carnival 2017
While famous for its high altitudes, salt lakes, and pristine Amazon jungles, Bolivia also excels at festivals and the main one takes place once a year in late February.
Price: From £1450 per person
We have put together an experience that includes an opportunity to be a part of the Oruro Carnaval and plenty of time to visit the rest of the country’s highlights.
"Bolivia carnival: wet and wild.
With water fights, costumed parades, dancing girls and blood rituals, Bolivians really know how to celebrate carnival in style.
While these small celebrations add a joyful dimension to South American travel at this time of year, we would have been mad to miss one of the continent's biggest carnival parades, El Carnaval de Oruro, a week-long Rio-style procession of dozens of dancing troupes from all over Bolivia who gather in an isolated mining town on the southern Altiplano. Performing in fantastic costumes and huge masks, they continue for several sleepless days and nights, fuelled by strong spirits and chicha, a thick bubbly slop made from fermented corn."
Gemma Bowes, The Guardian Travel Editor
You can read Gemma's article, see here.
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- Day 1: La Paz (21st February)
Arrive in La Paz
- Day 2: La Paz (22nd February)
At leisure to explore La Paz independently and acclimatise to high altitude.
- Day 3: Copacabana (23rd February)
Overland trip to the lakeside town of Copacabana, followed by a boat trip across Lake Titicaca to the Sun Island, spiritual cradle of the Inca Empire.
- Day 4: Sun Island (24th February)
Explore Sun Island before returning to La Paz.
- Day 5: Oruro (25th February)
Full day Carnaval with seats in the main plaza that provide a perfect view of the parade at the heart of the action. Optional guided trip to the Socavon Sanctuary to see where the parade finishes and learn about the religious meaning it has for the dancers.
- Day 6: Sajama National Park (26th February)
Overland trip to Sajama National Park. Enjoy a gentle trek to visit the highest forest in the world. Overnight stay at a comfortable lodge.
- Day 7: La Paz (27th February)
Sajama National Park - La Paz ( or continue your trip to Chile)
Visit to the local community and swim in the natural thermal waters.
- Day 8: Optional extension - La Paz - Uyuni - Flight
Journey to Uyuni, railway outpost and gateway to the Salt Lakes region.
- Day 9: Optional extension - Uyuni - Salt flats - Siloli Desert - Volcanos and Lagoons
- Day 10: Return to La Paz or travel to Chile