"El Burrito de Belén" (English: The Little Donkey from Bethlehem) or "El Burrito Sabanero" (English: The Little Donkey from the Savannah) is a popular Latin AmericanChristmas song. It was written by Hugo Blanco for the 1972 Christmas season. The song was first recorded by the Venezuelan folk singer Simon Diaz, included on his record, “Las Gaitas de Simon” where he was accompanied by the Venezuelan Children’s Choir. Later, the children’s musical group, La Rondallita recorded the song in November 1975 with the vocals of a child named Ricardo Cuenci. This latest version gained popularity in Latin America. It has since been recorded many times by popular artists.