Religious in Tarija

Fiesta de Compadres

Two Thursdays before Carnaval, Tarija celebrates this unique fiesta with music, dancing and special basket tableaux constructed of bread known as bollus preñaus. Flowers, fruits, tubers, small cakes and other gifts …
Religious in Tarija

Fiesta de San Roque

This well-known festival gives thanks to the saint whose appearance supposedly marked the end of the plague and leprosy in the area. The main celebration doesn’t begin until the first Sunday of September and continu…
National Holiday in Copacabana

Bolivian Independence Day

Copacabana stages its biggest event during the first week in August. It’s characterized by round-the-clock music, parades, brass bands, fireworks and amazing alcohol consumption. This coincides with a traditional pi…
Religious in Copacabana

Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria

Honors the patron saint of Copacabana and all Bolivia. Copacabana holds an especially big bash and pilgrims and dancers come from Peru and around Bolivia. There’s much music, traditional Aymará dancing, drinking and…
Religious in Tarija

Fiesta de las Flores

The annual Fiesta de las Flores is a religious celebration dedicated to the Virgin of Rosario. It begins with a procession, which sets off from the Iglesia de San Juan. Along the route, spectators shower participant…
Rodeo in Tarija

Rodeo Chapaco

In keeping with its gaucho heritage, Tarija stages an annual rodeo, beginning on the departmental holiday. Rodeo Chapaco includes all the standard cowboy events. To get there, take micro C from the center.
Spiritual in Copacabana

Alasitas Festival

One local tradition is the blessing of miniature objects, such as cars or houses. Supplicants pray that the real thing will be obtained in the coming year. Held on January 24.
Religious in La Paz

Virgen del Carmen

The patron saint of the department of La Paz gets her own public holiday (July 16), which includes many dances and parades.
Spiritual in Potosí

Fiesta del Espíritu

Potosí’s most unusual event happens on the last three Saturdays of June and the first Saturday of August. It’s dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth), whom the miners regard as the mother of all bolivianos.
Cultural in Tarabuco


On March 12, 1816, Tarabuco was the site of the Battle of Jumbati, in which villagers, under the leadership of doña Juana Azurduy de Padilla, ambushed a battalion of Spanish soldiers, liberating the town in the proc…