Based on its chronicle, the
“Caminito” had two sources of inspiration.
The verses written by Gabino Coria Peñaloza were
inspired by a “Caminito” located in Olta (border
between the Argentine provinces of La Rioja and San Luis).
However, it was a different muse that inspired the renowned
author of the music, Juan de Dios Filiberto,
who said: ... « in 1904, I was walking down this
path (...); I was going to work... I was a mechanic then...”
many years later, when I became a musician, in 1923, one
night I was walking down the path, thinking back to the
good old days; I remembered a girl who was leaning out
of a window and I came up with some beats of the song
“El Caminito”, which I only completed in 1926”.
The music and the lyrics were born thousands of kilometers
away and later merged to create the lyrics of this world-famous