Oruro is a city in the Oruro Department of Bolivia, famous for its carnival.
It's been a major mining centre and railway hub, but with the closing of the mine and with more and more rail connections ceasing the town is about to lose its importance. But only three hours and fifteen Bolivianos by bus from La Paz, this is a nice getaway from the prices and stress of the capital.
By bus There frequent daily busses from La Paz to Oruro. The ticket is Bs. 15. Another way to come in, is from Cochabamba. Buses departs every 30 minutes. The trip takes 4~5 hours, and will cost around 25 Bs.
Night bus to Uyuni with semi cama costs Bs. 50 and takes about 6-7 hours. The company in the last booth in the terminal has a bus that leaves late at night. Reservations can be a good idea as the bus connects from La Paz. Beware that the road is quite bumpy at parts and it can get freezing cold, especially in June, July and August. Bring warm clothing!
By train There are two kinds of trains leaving Oruro for Uyuni: the more comfortable Expreso Sur with departures on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3.30pm and the cheaper Wara Wara which departs on Sundays and Wednesdays.
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