Oruro attractions

Museum in Oruro

Museo Sacro, Folklórico, Arqueológico y Minero

An excellent double museum attached to Santuario de la Virgen del Socavón. Access is by guided tour only, beginning with a descent down from the church to a mining tunnel lined with tools and representations of El T…
Museum in Oruro

Museo Casa Arte Taller Cardozo Velasquez

A family of seven artists – Gonzalo (sculptor), his wife María (potter) and their five daughters – open their whimsical house and art studio to visitors. Take a peek at their collection of Bolivian art and into the …
Museum in Oruro

Museo Antropológico Eduardo López Rivas

Located south of the city center, this anthropological and archaeological museum is worth the hike. The fascinating hodgepodge of exhibits includes mastodons, Carnaval costumes, stone-carved llama heads, mummies fro…
Monument in Oruro

Monumento Escultérico Virgen del Socavón

Oruro's teleférico zips passengers on a three-minute journey from Plaza del Folklore up to the towering statue of Virgen del Socavón, perched atop Cerro Santa Bárbara (3883m), from where there are impressive views o…
Church in Oruro

Santuario de la Virgen del Socavón

Dedicated to the Virgen de Candelaria (the patron of Oruro miners), this small church is a colorful 19th-century reconstruction of the 1771 original and figures prominently in Oruro’s Carnaval.
Museum in Oruro

Casa de la Cultura Simón Patiño

The grand former residence of tin baron Simón Patiño is now a museum, displaying his furniture, personal bric-a-brac, musical instruments and fine toys (you’re not allowed to play with them though). Entry is by guid…
Cable Car in Oruro

Teleférico Turístico

These slick cable cars transport passengers on an 823m journey high above Oruro from Plaza del Folklore to the Virgen del Socavón statue atop Cerro Santa Bábara. Prices are higher during Carnaval.
Cathedral in Oruro


On the leafy square just east of Plaza 10 Febrero is the cathedral, which has fine stained glass above the altar. The adjacent tower was constructed by the Jesuits as part of a church built before Oruro was founded.…
Monument in Oruro

Faro de Conchupata

On November 17, 1851, Bolivia’s flag was first raised at Faro de Conchupata: red for the courage of the Bolivian army, gold for the country’s mineral wealth and green for its agricultural wealth. The spot is now mar…
Viewpoint in Oruro

Plaza del Folklore Stairway

Starting from the western side of Plaza del Folklore, a stairway takes you huffing and puffing to a handful of interesting murals depicting Carnaval images and religious themes.