「Vlog」Andean Llamerada dance in Carnival de Oruro in Brussels

I made a video of yesterday’s Carnival de Oruro in Brussels, the multicultural capital of Europe. The cultural center of Bolivia in Belgium invites the entire Bolivian and Latin American community to participate. The carnival parade gave us an insight of one of the largest and most unique Carnivals in the world: Carnival de Oruro.

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Bolivia’s colorful Oruro Carnival comes to Brussels

Today I was in Brussels for the city’s first carnival parade: the Carnival de Oruro.

Oruro is a city in the center of Bolivia. When I visited Bolivia last year, I happened to stay in Oruro for a stopover and loved this little city. Back then locals kept telling me how wonderful the carnival in town is. Carnival de Oruro was originally an indigenous festival celebrated by Bolivian Uru population and was later transformed into a religious festival and the most important carnival in Bolivia. It’s also one of the biggest carnivals in South America.

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Local Market in Oruro, Bolivia

Last semester we had a guest lecture by a Bolivian scholar where he introduced tourism development in Oruro province of Bolivia and let us know how many natural and cultural wonders there are in this area. In his words, Bolivia is the heart of South America (which is no doubt according to me, both culturally and geographically) and Oruro is the heart of Bolivia (um, geographically yes). I remember he concluded that Oruro could be the heart of South America, I was seriously doubtful about it as I had not heard about this city before.

In the end, during my Bolivian trip earlier this year, I was forced to have a stop in Oruro unexpectedly. Continue reading Local Market in Oruro, Bolivia

[Trip report] Trekking in Tuni Condoriri, the Cordillera Real of Bolivia

Bolivia is an untouched natural paradise. The alpine scenery, the jungle, the salt flats, etc. Bolivia’s stunning nature and unique folklore culture make it one of the most visited country among backpackers. Major cities are generally crammed full of backpackers who come for a cheaper stay than elsewhere in South America.

I loved Bolivia, it’s probably among my favorite countries so far. Yet whether it’s a easy to travel around or not is debatable from an independent traveler’s perspective. There are many reasonable trekking opportunities. When I checked the trekking spots around La Paz, I’ve found loads of them and also found many day or 2-day tours to go there.

Not a big fan of any tour, Bolivian ‘tour mentality’ annoyed me a bit, from Uyuni Salt Flats to the Alpine lakes in the South. Tours, tours, tours.

I didn’t find much information regarding how to get there by yourself so today I’d like to share with you dear Steemit friends my trekking experience in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia.

玻利维亚是背包客在南美最爱的国家。这里有很多民俗和风景。玻利维亚高达 62% 的人口都是原住民。除了印第安文化的吸引力,玻利维亚有着独特多变的地形,有安第斯山有乌尤尼盐湖还有亚马逊丛林。加上这里的物价很低,很多背包客喜欢把玻利维亚当做南美游的基地。

我也特别爱玻利维亚,是我最喜欢的国家前几名。但是我也觉得玻利维亚看似发达的旅游业还有很大的进步空间。虽然在主要城市遍地是旅游公司,遍地是一日团三日团,但是这些团也不知不觉局限了这个国家的旅游市场。

我旅游的时候喜欢有自由的空间,不太喜欢跟团,哪怕是一日团。所以在拉帕斯的时候,看到地图上周围都是山,但是山区交通和住宿信息都很难找,只有限定的一日两日团。于是我觉得还是直接去当地探探。

今天我想跟朋友们分享我在拉帕斯附近山区徒步的有趣经历。

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