Carnaval will be here soon, and Bolivian Carnaval has a slightly different flavor than what you'll find in Rio, Venice
, or New Orleans
. Each year schools of dancers take to the streets wearing the traditional costumes of the different departments of the country. There are a number of styles of dance as well, each derived from a particular aspect of Bolivian history. La Diablada, los Caporales, and the Tinku are just some of the dances you'll see over the course of the event. Oruro is considered the epicenter of Bolivian Carnaval, but celebrations are found just about anywhere in the country. A word of caution - bystanders will get wet from the incessant barrage of water balloons.