Traditional dances from Ecuador – South America

Traditional dances from Ecuador – South America

As you may know by now, if you have already read some of my posts, Ecuador is located in the equator, latitude 0, and nestled in the Andes Cordillera. This creates some unique conditions for the country, which despite its small size, is rather culturally diverse.

Folklore in Ecuador takes many forms. I will focus today’s article on its folkloric dances.

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Ecuador’s population

But, what makes this country so diverse and, at the same time, its folkloric dances so special has to do especially with the different mix of its population.

Most of the population is mestizo, a mixture of European and Incas or other indigenous groups, and then there is a small 10% of Afro-Ecuadorians. There is a 10%  of European descent, being Italy, France, Spain and Germany main countries of descent.

Thus, not uncommon to find in the bigger cities International Schools for French, Italian, German, English speakers and courses to learn these languages.

Among mestizos, we have included indigenous groups, and it is worth noting that Ecuador has 14 ethnic groups, each with its special traditions, dialect, and dances.

Here are two short videos of some folkloric dances in Ecuador and Latin America. I will show you some of the traditional clothing and dances in the country and continent.




About the video:

The first part was performed by the indigenous group from Imbabura, located two hours north of Quito. Their beautiful bright and colorful embroidered blouses have designs inspired by ancient civilizations located in the Andes.

The second group of dancers is from Pujili, from Tungurahua, located South of Quito.

The third and last group conformed by the chagras (Andean cowboys) from Machachi in the province of Pichinca, not far away from Quito.


About this video:

The first part of the video performed by a couple is tango, a popular dance from the 80s. It started in Río de la Plata, near Argentina and Uruguay

The second dance is the well-known samba from Brazil. A lively, colorful and vibrant dance.

Then at the end you will find a medley with some of the traditional songs and dances from Cuba, including:

  • Danzón.
  • Mambo.
  • Cha-cha-cha.
  • Bolero.
  • Salsa.


And this video below is of one of the festivities celebrated by de inhabitants in Latacunga, located to the South of Quito.

Folkloric dances in Ecuador will vary according to region, indigenous group, and location. In addition to traditional dances, you get to admire traditional clothing depending on the group performing.

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If you want more in-depth information and a guide that you can bring along during your trip, I recommend Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands.

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Traditional dances from Ecuador – South America

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