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Oruro lighthouse.

We weren't planning on stopping in the town of Oruro, but given the trip from Uyuni, we headed for the nearest decent sounding hotel and booked ourselves one of their flashest en-suites for £11 a night.


The next day we went on a disused mine tour, and wondered why Oruro, in the middle of landlocked Bolivia, has a lighthouse. The Catholic religion in Oruro has an interesting relationship with demons, and there is demon iconography alongside Catholic iconography all over the place. Oruro is also famous for the Diablada, a procession of people dressed as demons dancing madly before being banished back to whence they came.

 

Oruro is however built on hills, and as the afternoon progressed we realised that it wasn't only the altitude that was making us feel sick every time we reached the top of one. Having successfully avoided altitude sickness despite reaching 5km above sea level during the jeep trip (we had spent two months preparing with good Argentinian and Uruguayan red meat), it seems we had both caught a bit of a cold. So, we took the rest of the day easy before heading off (by bus) the next day to Cochabamba.

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Oruro lighthouse.
Oruro lighthouse.
Built on hills, with demon murals …
Built on hills, with demon murals…
Steve descending the disused mine.
Steve descending the disused mine.
El Tio - the spirit of the mines -…
El Tio - the spirit of the mines …
An unexpected union jack.
An unexpected union jack.
Oruro
photo by: wilfredoc2009