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 into the nooks and crannies of their workshop, ov…
Museum in Oruro

Museo Antropológico Eduardo López Rivas

South of the center the Museo Antropológico Eduardo López Rivas is an anthropological and archaeological museum well worth the hike. The fascinating hodgepodge of exhibits includes mastodons, Carnaval costumes, ston…
Museum in Oruro

Museo Sacro, Folklórico, Arqueológico y Minero

An excellent double museum attached to the Santuario de la Virgen del Socavón. The tour descends from the church down an old mining tunnel lined with mining tools and representations of the devilish El Tío, spirit o…
Museum in Oruro

Museo Mineralógico

On the university campus south of town, the Museo Mineralógico houses a remarkable collection of more than 5200 minerals, precious stones, fossils and crystals from around the world, housed in wooden cabinets amid a…
Museum in Oruro

Casa de la Cultura Simón Patiño

The former residence of tin baron Simón Patiño includes his furniture, personal bric-a-brac, fine toys (you’re not allowed to play with them though) and an ornate art-nouveau stairway. Visiting exhibitions are featu…
Church in Oruro

Santuario de la Virgen del Socavón

Miners began worshiping the Virgen de Candelaria (the patron of Oruro miners) on this site in the 16th century. The present church, which is a colorful 19th-century reconstruction of the 1771 original, figures promi…
Zoo in Oruro


Native Andean wildlife exhibited in cages that are pleasantly spacious by usual South American standards. Next to the Museo Antropológico Eduardo López Rivas.
Cathedral in Oruro


On the leafy square just east of Plaza 10 Febrero, the cathedral 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. When the…
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 mark…
Viewpoint in Oruro

Plaza del Folklore Stairway

Just up from the Plaza del Folklore a stairway takes you huffing and puffing to a handful of interesting murals and a dangerous-looking three-story slide, which is fortunately no longer in use!