While I was volunteering in Bolivia earlier this year, I had the
once in a lifetime opportunity to witness "El Carnaval de Oruro"
which is touted as one of the most interesting in the world.
In truth, it was everything It's hyped up to be…and more!
Most of my colleagues tried to warn me off carrying my DSLR with
me to Oruro. First, camera theft is not unusual and second, the
water balloon wars are a quite central piece of the events.
However, for me there was absolutely no way I was going to be at
the second largest Carnival in South America without my camera!
It was indeed challenging - and stressful at times - to cover
the events, especially without proper shooting accreditations, and
with the combination of water and shaving cream being thrown
around. However, once I got the hang of it, it was a photographer's
heaven: the spectacular dance routines, the vibrant colors and the
Overall, If someone wants to get acquainted to Bolivia's rich
cultural diversity, Oruro's Carnival might be the best way to