Oruro Carnival, Festival of American Renaissance and Baroque Music Misiones de Chiquitos and the "Fiesta del Gran Poder"

Fiestas and culture festivals from 1 to 7 days


Where: City of Oruro

Date: variable, february or march

Oruro city was founded during the colony as silver mining center in the region of the Urus. Today, it is one of the smallest cities of the country, but it retains its attractive aspect of European design of that period. The most important tourist activity is the Oruro Carnival, declared by UNESCO in 2001 as a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ due to its great religious and cultural value which is shown in the folk dance parade during two days.

One of the most important dances performed at Oruro Carnival is called Diablada (Dance of the Devils) that started in the ancient Andean cult in honor of the being living in the depths of the mines, which subsequently was adapted as ‘the devil’ from the colony.






Where: Department of Santa Cruz - Chiquitania Region

Date: variable, march or april

Rated as the world's largest event of early music and one of the most influential. This meeting takes place twice a year since 1996, more than 370,000 people have seen 804 concerts master, carried forward by the talent of 285 groups and 4687 musicians from various countries around the world.


The Chiquitania region is located in the middle eastern of the Department of Santa Cruz (Bolivia), with approximately 220,000 km2, it constitutes 56% of the territory whole.

Six Bolivian Jesuit Missions which where declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1990, are preserved in the Chiquitania. The only missions that have continued to keep missionary culture alive in South America since their founding.

In the second half of the 17th century, the missioners of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) established the missions of Moxos (1682-1767) and Chiquitos (1691-1767) on the plain region of what is today Bolivia, where one of the most relevant cultural encounters during the Spanish America took place.

Music is one of the most important results in this process of syncretism, product of the missions or reductional practice. The Loyola missionaries used music as an bridge of evangelization (also taking advantage of the special skill and taste of the natives), producing an enormous wealth, in quality and quantity, without this the history of western music cannot be understood.

The restoration of the missions, which began in the 1970´s under the supervision of Swiss the architect Hans Roth, allowed for the recovery of more than 5,000 pieces from the Chiquitos musical archive, the most important collection of indigenous baroque music in South America.

Currently, the missionary temples are also venues for Renaissance baroque music festivals, with the Misiones de Chiquitos International Baroque Music Festival being the most important on the continent.



Where: La Paz city

Date: variable, may or june

The feastivity of the Lord Jesus of the Great Power (Fiesta del Gran Poder) is one of the most important cultural manifestations and expressions of the cultural identity of La Paz.

According to popular belief it began with the arrival in the area of Ch'ijini of a painting with the face. The image was interpreted by “Aymara” tradition in which the face on the right was to receive positive petitions; the face on the left was to receive negative petitions and the face in the middle received personal petitions.

In 1930, the Catholic Church had the painting repainted, leaving only one face, and the one in the middle. Ever since then, this image is called “Jesus del Gran Poder” and a great celebration with the same name is held every year in its honor.

Originally the celebration was held in the popular zone of “Ch´ijini”, but nowadays, it has been extended to the city. During this festivity, dancers as well as spectators make a symbolic capture of other cultures areas.

La Morenada

Among the main dances of the celebration of “gran poder”, is “la morenada”. This dance originated with the aymaras and represents the suffering of the black slaves brought to the mita in “Potosi”.

The dance is one of the most elaborate of this Andean festivity where thue craftsmanship is expressed in the costumes´ embroidered masks,” mantas” and “polleras”.

In this dance we can appreciate a strong presence of the “aymara” woman dressed in a “pollera” (aymara skirt). The presence of the “Cholas” is very important; they present themselves with pride and elegance, along with the troop of “morenos” who advance slowly to the rhythm of the “matraca” (typical instrument) lead by the “Achachi Gala´87n”



The “Caporales” is a dance inspired by the black foremen or “caporales” who used to control the slaves (fellow countrymen) on the colonial coca leaf estates. The dancers are dressed in bright and colorful costumes: embroidered pants and boots with little bells; they carry a whip, and a whistle. They perform acrobatic and elegant maneuvers to the beat of the music based on the agile rhythms of the Afro community. The women are beautifully dressed in short “polleras” and embroidered blouses.


Waca Tokhoris

The “Waca Tokhoris” is a dance that represents the arrival of bulls in America after the conquest, The dancers carry a representation of these animals, made of dry leather. The women are clothed with many superposed “polleras” (sometimes up to 25 ”polleras”) and a Ch´ucañ´96a” (cloak that covers their head).

The “Kusillo”, a noisy and sarcastic character, is always present in the dance of “wacas” He follows the dancers with acrobatic leaps. The “kusillos” costume is an adaptation of the European harlequin. It is characteristic, because of its similarity to a monkey, it has a long jacket that goes down to the knees with a combination of gray, and white or black pants, and a mask writh horns, that covers the entire head.

Another figure in this dance is the “Matador” that represents the Spanish bullfighters. As well there are milk maids and kaisillos.


The “Kullawada” is a dance which represents the textile activity of ethnic “aymara” groups from the Bolivian “Altiplano”. The dancers, men well as women. Carry a piece of Wood as a symbol.

The dance is lead by the whapuri or leader who has a larger piece of Wood, which which he directs the movements of the dancers; he is the only character in this dance who uses a mask with a very long nose and two faces, Usually young single people participate in this dance, which is to symbolize elegance and courtship.


The “Llamerada” is related with the most important economic activity of our agriculture, the breeding of llamas, it also recalls the domestication of the first chamelid in the Andean region; “guanacos”,” alpaca”, and “vicuñ96as”. The “Llameradas” wear on their heads a representation of ancient morenadas with four points, used by many different ethnic groups before the colony.

The dancers are dressed with traditional llama herder hats, small “ponchos”, and a plaster mask and in their hand they carry a q´urawa or sling. They also wear pants and Andean socks with sandals.

The female dancers wear elegantly embroidered blouses and carry an “Aguayo”. They are dressed in “polleras” and “abarcas” (sandals) and carry bags writh silver coins. The list of dances at the festivity of the Lord Jesus of the Great Power include; the Diablada “(mythological dance of ”supay”)”the incas”,”awatiris”, “suri sicuri”,”Tobas”, such as “Kantus”,” Quena Quenas” and “Sicuris”.




Oruro Carnival Full Day Package 2025, from La Paz

Departure at 5 am by tourist bus from the center of the city of La Paz towards Oruro, thousands of people from all over the country are heading towards the city of Oruro to experience the biggest cultural event in Bolivia, so the traffic it is not carried out normally, the trip duration is estimated in 4 hours by the road that connects both cities of the Bolivian Altiplano.

Once we are in Oruro our bus will get as close as possible to the location of our seats at the bleachers, were we will access by a short walk. In the environment we can already hear the loud sound of the drums and trumpets that announce the beginning of the folkloric parade of the Oruro's Carnival.

Already accommodated in our bleachers we will enjoy the spectacle of the fraternities (gourps of dancers and musicians) that make beautiful demonstrations of the most representative dances of Bolivia, among them: Diablada, Morenada, Tinkus, Caporales, Tobas and many more that will parade throughout the day.

At night we leave our bleachers to return to La Paz, arriving at the center of the city around midnight.

Please contact us if you wish to include a transfer to your hotel.

Dates of the 2025 Oruro Carnival:

The full program of the Carnival takes place between February 28 and March 4, 2025. From February 28th the "Convites" will be held, where dancers and musicians practice and get prepared for the festival. The days in which the most important activities will take place are March 1, 2, 3 and 4, the Great Pilgrimage to the "Virgen del Socavón" will take place on Saturday, March 2nd and the parade of "El Corso" on Sunday, March 3rd.

Day 1: La Paz - Oruro

Transfer from the city of La Paz to Oruro, it is a 4 hour trip at the road that connects both cities of the Altiplano.

On our arrival to Oruro we will enjoy a typical local lunch, among the most known dishes are: "Charquekan" and lamb.

In the afternoon we will enjoy a walk through the city to learn more about the history of the Oruro Carnival and observe the preparations for this festival, the most important cultural event in Bolivia. Night in Oruro.

Day 2: Oruro Carnival

After breakfast, we walk towards our seats in the bleachers with preferential location, which will allow us to experience one of the biggest folkloric parades of South America, the Carnival of Oruro, recognized as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It has this recognition due to the wonderfulness of the show, the quality of the embroidery of the costumes of the dancers and the colorful choreography of the dancers.

Day 3: "El Corso"

The previous day, Saturday, the parade of each of the fraternities (groups of dancers) is carried out as a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Candelaria that is in the church of the Socavón, so it has a very important religious meaning for each one of the dancers. And Sunday is called "Corso" because the fraternities make a second entrance at the festival as part of the carnival activities, no longer as a pilgrimage.

In the afternoon, return to the city of La Paz.

XIV International Festival of American Renaissance and Baroque Music

Dates: April 23 to 29, 2024

7 days and 6 nights program


Day 1: April 23rd

Transfer from Viru Viru airport to your hotel, Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Visit to an Eco Park in Santa Cruz.
Day 2: April 24th

Departure from Santa Cruz heading to the Jesuit Missions of San Xavier and Concepción. In the afternoon visit to the church of San Xavier and its museum. Continue towards Concepción.

Concert attendance according to the Festival´s program.

Day 3: April 25th

Visit to the architectural jewel of the Concepcion church and its museum. In the afternoon transfer to San Ignacio.

Concert attendance according to the Festival´s program.

Day 4: April 26th

Visit to La Represa de San Ignacio, its missionary temple and craft centers.

In the afternoon visit of the Temple of Santa Ana (built by the indigenous population after of the Jesuit´s expulsion of America) and return to San Ignacio.

Concert attendance according to the Festival´s program.

Day 5: April 27th

Departure to the towns of San Miguel and San Rafael where we will visit their missionary churches and artisan workshops.

We finally arrival to San Jose de Chiquitos.

Concert attendance according to the Festival´s program.

Day 6: April 28th

Visit to the missionary church of San Jose de Chiquitos, it is the only one built in stone and surroundings tour: “Santa Cruz La Vieja” National Historical Park and the Valley of the Moon.

Concert attendance according to the Festival´s program.

In the afternoon return to Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Day 7: April 29th

Transfer from your hotel to Viru Viru airport.

Services included in the tourist package:

  • Transfers from/to Viru Viru airport
  • Visit to La Rinconada Ecopark in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • Exclusive transportation for the group
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • 1 night accommodation in Concepción
  • 2 nights accommodation in San Ignacio
  • 1 night accommodation in San José de Chiquitos
  • Full Board at hotels or restaurants, according to the program
  • Guide assistance
  • Tickets to museums, tourist attractions and concerts of the XIV International Festival of American Baroque and Renaissance Music "Misiones de Chiquitos" 2024.

Enjoy the complete experience, you can participate in the rehearsals of a local fraternity to present yourself at the Festival of the Great Power, the largest folkloric event in the city of La Paz.

You must be in La Paz city 7 days before to participate in the rehearsals, get your costume and be ready to be a dancer throughout the parade in the streets of La Paz, towards the Church of "El Gran Poder".

The folk parade is done in devotion to the "Lord Jesus of the Great Power", which refers to the "Holy Trinity". The celebration takes place on the Saturday following Pentecost, the eighth after Easter, the following day (Sunday) the Catholic Church celebrates the "Holy Trinity".

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