Carnaval in the Quebrada

Argentina's most intriguing celebrations of Carnaval take place along the length of the Quebrada de Humahuaca in February and March. Indigenous traditions melded with customs of the Spanish conquerors have created a vibrant hybrid that kicks off on the Saturday that falls 50 days before Easter Sunday. In each town, a devil figure is dug up from where he was buried the previous year and is paraded into town amid much noise; this triggers an eight-day bender of dancing and copious drinking. The devil is then reinterred, and sin symbolically put back in the closet for another year.