El Burrito de Belén

"El Burrito de Belén" (English: The Little Donkey from Bethlehem) or "El Burrito Sabanero" (English: The Little Donkey from the Savannah) is a Christmas song from Venezuela, very popular in all Latin America. It was written by Hugo Blanco for the 1972 Christmas season. The song was first recorded by the Venezuelan folk singer Simón Díaz, included on his record, Las Gaitas de Simon where he was accompanied by the casa Venezuelan Children's Choir. Later, the children's musical group, La Rondallita recorded the song in November 1972 with the vocals of children named Ricardo Cuenci.[1] This latest version gained popularity in Latin America.[2] It has since been recorded many times by popular artists.

Cover versionsEdit

"El Burrito de Belén"
Single by Juanes
from the album Superestrella en Navidades
ReleasedDecember 12, 2006
GenreChristmas music
Latin pop
LabelUniversal Music Latino
Songwriter(s)Hugo Blanco
Juanes singles chronology
"Mi Libre Canción"
"El Burrito de Belén"
"Me Enamora"
  • Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes recorded his own version of this famous Venezuelan song as the first radio single from the Christmas compilation album Superestrella en Navidades.
  • American singer, actress and talk show host Adrienne Houghton released "El Burrito Sabanero" on her debut solo album New Tradiciones. It features Freddy Bailon, Claudette Bailon, Beau Harper and Jet Marie on guest vocals.
  • American musician, singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and philanthropist Aloe Blacc released his own funky version named "Mi Burrito Sabanero" on his 2018/2019 Christmas album Christmas Funk.
  • The Arizona-based band Calexico included the song on their 2020 Christmas album Seasonal Shift, under the title "Mi Burrito Sabanero".


Charted No. 1 on Billboard Top 100 for 35 weeks straight.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://ho1246.wordpress.com/2008/11/22/la-rondallita-vol2/
  2. ^ «Decanos de la Navidad». Revista Estampas del diario El Universal, December 2, 2007, edition. Referenced August 7, 2012.