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Tinku dancing at Carnaval Andino con la Fuerza del Sol in Arica, Chile 06 Feb 2017

Posted on 06 Feb 2017
Tinku dancing group in colourful costumes performing a traditional ritual dance as part of the Carnaval Andino con la Fuerza del Sol in Arica, Chile.
Tinku dancing group in colourful costumes performing a traditional ritual dance as part of the Carnaval Andino con la Fuerza del Sol in Arica, Chile.
Tinku dancing group in colourful costumes performing a traditional ritual dance as part of the Carnaval Andino con la Fuerza del Sol in Arica, Chile.

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The war-like rhythm of the Tinku dance originates back to the time of the Spanish Conquistadors when enslaved Andean men would meet to perform ritual fighting. The fighting formed into a dance with the introduction of women and colourful costumes. Women now meet with men to dance in their brightly coloured costumes kicking off festivities of the Carnaval Andino Con La Fuerza del Sol, one of the biggest festivals in Arica, Chile. Women circle as men dance in the centre representing fighting from the dance's origins. 

Carnaval Andino Con La Fuerza is a three-day festival held in January or February every year (Chile's summer). Add a stay in Arica on either of Insight Guides' trips to Chile.

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