Welcome to Oruro
At first glance Oruro is a sprawl of sun-baked buildings in shades of terracotta and dusty tan, but there's something about this gritty miners' city that endears it to visitors. In many ways Oruro (which means 'where the sun is born') is an intriguing place, where 90% of the inhabitants are of indigenous heritage. Orureños (Oruro locals) refer to themselves as quirquinchos (armadillos), after the carapaces of their charangos (traditional Bolivian ukulele-like instruments). The city makes for an oddly atavistic experience that some may find intoxicating.