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The Carnavalito is a traditional South American dance from the Altiplano and Puna regions that is practiced in relation to religious festivities. The current form of the dance is an expression of syncretism between indigenous and Spanish colonial culture.

The Carnavalito was danced in the Americas long before the Spanish Arrived. Today it is still danced in Peru, in the eastern region of Bolivia, in the Northwest zone of Argentina and in Northern Chile. In Argentina it is danced in North of Jujuy, and in center Salta. The music is characterized by the use of instruments such as the quena and the bombo, it's origin comes from the Huayno, music similar to the Carnavalito.


Belongs to the group of the collective great dances. It's a cheerful dance, it must be done with cheerfulness and innocence, as everybody playing happily.


It is a dance set, dancing in groups or with multiple partners who perform choreographed steps to the beat of the music. The dancers move around the musicians in a row. A woman or a man with a handkerchief (or pennant decorated with ribbons) on the hand is responsible for directing. They all sing the same verse or improvisations.

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