The fusion of the ancestral with the contemporary, the explosion of colors, and the warmth of its people make the Arica Carnival a unique event.

On the shores of the Pacific, the city of Arica is getting ready to welcome the explosion of colors, rhythms, and traditions that characterize the International Andean Carnival with the Strength of the Sun Inti Ch'amampi. The 2024 edition, scheduled for January 26, 27, and 28, promises to take locals and visitors on a unique experience of celebration and brotherhood.

Considered the happiest festival in Chile, the Arica Carnival stands out for the participation of troupes that cross cultural and geographical borders. Peruvians, Bolivians, Chileans, Aymara, Afro-descendants, among others, come together to play a leading role in one of the most significant events in South America. Over 60 troupes, comprising about twenty thousand dancers and musicians, converge in Arica to create an atmosphere of joy that extends over three days of continuous celebration.

The origin of this vibrant celebration dates back to the events following the War of the Pacific in 1883 when Chileanization attempted to eradicate Peruvian, Bolivian, Afro, and Aymara identities in the annexed territories. However, the resilience of the Aymara and Afro-descendant community became evident decades later during the dictatorship when Andean culture was revitalized through dialogue with indigenous intellectuals from Bolivia.

In 2001, the collaboration between Aymara cultural organizations and the Municipality of Arica gave birth to the International Andean Carnival with the Strength of the Sun, Inti Ch'amampi, marking the rebirth of a celebration that has now become a symbol of resistance and cultural pride.

Carnival celebrations

Carnival days in Arica are not just a display of colorful costumes and vibrant dances; they are a ritual loaded with meaning. The "convite" begins with a pawa, a ceremony to thank the gods of the Andes for blessing the event. The ñustas, Inca princesses and representatives of the troupe, are chosen not only for their beauty but also for their leadership and ability to be ambassadors of the culture.

The diversity of dances, from the acrobatic tobas to the satire of Waca Waca, reflects the rich history of the region. The competition to be the winner of the Carnival is fierce, but beyond the trophies, the celebration is a noble encounter between different peoples who, without distinction, celebrate the Andean spirit through dance.

The Arica Carnival has evolved since its creation in 2002. With over 16,000 participants each year and an audience exceeding 100,000 spectators, it consolidates itself as one of the largest and most important carnivals in the region. Local and international dances, troupes, and local cuisine intertwine to offer attendees a unique experience celebrating the diversity and cultural richness of the region.

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Discover Arica to the rhythm of the Carnival

Taking advantage of your visit to the Carnival, discover the charms that Arica has to offer. Among the main tourist destinations are:

  1. Morro de Arica and Cuevas de Anzota: Morro de Arica is an imposing rocky elevation that offers panoramic views of the ocean and the city. It also houses the Historical and Arms Museum, where you can delve into local history. On the other hand, Cuevas de Anzota is a mystical place where the ocean crashes against rocky cliffs, creating a breathtaking scenery.
  2. Valle de Azapa: Discover the secrets of agriculture in the desert by visiting this fertile valley, famous for its olive plantations and ancient petroglyphs.
  3. Archaeological Museum of the Valley: Immerse yourself in the archaeological richness of the region, where unique pieces will tell you the story of the cultures that have inhabited these lands.
  4. Lauca National Park and Chungará Lake: A natural paradise that houses the impressive Chungará Lake, surrounded by mountains and teeming with wildlife. A unique opportunity to connect with nature.

If you want to experience Arica during the International Andean Carnival with the Strength of the Sun, Inti Ch'amampi, and discover each of its natural treasures, you can book through the links or contact czuniga@gochile.cl for more information. Vibrate with Arica and its Carnival!

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