Bolivia is a country of impressive extremes, home to the highest capital city in the world, La Paz, and the largest salt flats on earth, the Salar de Uyuni. Visitors to Bolivia can discover incredible diversity in landscape and wonderfully rich cultural traditions. In Bolivia, the indigenous population that makes up over 50% of its local people and its rarely-changing population offers the unique opportunity to view remnants of ancient civilization embodied in life today through numerous Bolivia festivals that take place throughout the year.
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Bolivia Festivals & When to Travel
Fascinating Bolivia festivals take place across the country year-round. You can download our complete Bolivia Festivals Calendar guide to see which colorfully cultural event takes plane when, or contact us for expert travel advice on timing your trip with these special local events. It’s worth keeping in mind that that in terms of timing your trip to Bolivia rainy season is from December – March, when the Salar de Uyuni takes on a mirror-like reflective quality, and dry season is from April – November, when the salar forms vast expanses of pentagons of crystalline salt, so you might like to take this additional seasonal factor into consideration when planning when to travel to Bolivia.
Key Festivals in Bolivia
- Carnaval is a countrywide celebration of parades, dances, and music the week before lent in February. Oruro holds an especially fantastic carnival and the city’s celebration has been declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- Fiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria is a colorful dance festival that celebrates the patron saint, the Virgin of Candelaria, on the shores of Lake Titicaca in February.
- Alasitas is a month long event in La Paz in January, to honor Ekeko, the Aymara God of abundance. This festival has been declared a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Takes place also in Sucre in July.
- Fiesta del Gran Poder in La Paz in May commemorates an ancient religious painting of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with Mestizo features – a true example of Bolivia’s mix of Catholic and Indigenous beliefs.
- Aymara New Year celebrates the start of a new agricultural cycle, the winter solstice, and the Aymara new year. Each year colorful ceremonies take place across the Altiplano, especially in Tiwanaku, in June.
Bolivia Festivals Calendar
Our Bolivia festivals calendar is a free downloadable PDF that lists major Bolivia festivals and their dates. We have featured important Bolivia festivals and key national holidays when travelers can expect shops to be closed, and the rainy season which most affects the Salar de Uyuni salt flats. There are of course many more Bolivia festivals than the key ones included on our calendar, and our expert travel planning team can recommend the best according to your interests.
Festival Culture in Bolivia
Similar to the neighboring Peru festivals, Bolivia’s festival culture dates back as far as its ancient origins long before Christ. The history is evident in the festivals of today, with a mix of Spanish and Indigenous religion and culture portrayed during celebrations.
Seeing the Best Bolivia Festivals with a Specialist Guide
Visit Bolivia on a tailormade, luxury trip, and attend some of the country’s best festivals. Our expert travel planners can advise on specialist guides and arrange an unforgettable trip to take in the cultural festivals of the region.
Contact us to start arranging a visit to Bolivia and for personalized festival travel advice!