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Days of carnival in La Quebrada de Humahuaca

The Carnival of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is a blend of traditions, history and rituals. The celebration was introduced by foreign, but the people of these villages have also added its rituals related to the land, they call it Pachamama.

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When is Carnival?

The festival begins on Saturday before the weekend of Carnival, this year began on Saturday February 14 and will run until March 9, so no excuses to miss it.


About the event

Each year, the groups reach the hillsides to unearth a devil (called Coludo or Pujllay) made with rags which was buried at the end of the last carnival. After the dig, firecrackers are thrown and the groups dance traditional songs. The groups are well equipped with musicians playing trumpets, saxophones and of course, native instruments like charangos. Many of the members of the groups are disguised as devil.

Most villagers, invite the groups to their homes to drink, while the streets are smelling basil, since many of the participants carry branches of this aromatic plant which is considered aphrodisiac . The party does not end here, the groups meet at different points named "fortín" where they dance until dawn and also enjoy the cuisine of the region with "empanadas" and goat cheese.

Important country folk groups play their songs for the carnival.

The last day is Sunday carnival, after the days of feasting, the Carnival of La Quebrada de Humahuaca ends with the burial of the devil, the doll is buried with offerings such as alcohol, leaves coca and cigarette.

Do not forget that Carnival is not a spectacle made for the tourisme, but on the contrary, it is a tradition that has remained in the villages of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Besides watching and enjoy the music, you can participate and experience the magic of this colorful tradition.

In the tour to Humahuaca, you can see part of the carnival tradition, like the offers to the Pachamama or Mother Earth.