Dangers & Annoyances
The region has been mined since pre-Columbian times and there is an estimated two million tons of mining waste sitting on the hillsides outside town. This waste contaminates the water, the air and the general environment, and clashes between mining and agricultural interests are on the rise. Be sure to drink only bottled water and ask at your hotel or the tourist office to find out if protests or roadblocks are likely.
There are plenty of places to get online in Oruro (for about B$2 per hour), with a concentration of options on Calle 6 de Octubre on the blocks between Mier and Ayacucho. Most also offer cheap international calls.