Top things to do in Oruro

Top Choice Barbecue in Oruro

Las Delicias

This is arguably the best churrasquería (grilled-meat restaurant) in town, with attentive service, sizzling tableside parrilladas (plates of mixed grilled meats), great almuerzos (set lunches) and top-notch Argentin…
Top Choice Bar in Oruro


The closest place you'll find to a hip hangout in Oruro is this chilled cafe-bar that caters to the city's young set. Come for the drinks, not the food. It's a perfect launchpad for a night out on the town.
Festival in Oruro


During the spectacular 10-day Carnaval, which starts from the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, the city explodes with parades, folk dances and parties. Revelers pitch water at each other and anyone who comes in their …
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…
Bolivian in Oruro


This appealing choice serves high-quality traditional orureño (local) food with a dash of innovation in a bright dining room warmed by an open fire. The servings are huge, so ask for half a portion. Lamb is the spec…