PALENQUE. ¡A PIECE OF AFRICA!

Locals in Cartagena de Indias feel lucky because of the Caribbean culture that surrounds them and they carry in their blood. Living as a local is the greatest blessing they can be proud of. The traditions and customs that day by day make their environment unique have made us a destination that everyone wants to visit, not only because of its history but also because in Cartagena you can live and feel the joy of the people.

San Basilio de Palenque, THE FIRST FREE TOWN OF AMERICA. Founded by “cimarrones” (fugitive slaves) in 1603 and released in 1713. Declared Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2015 and awarded the best gastronomic book in the world in 2010.This experience includes the history for the struggle for the freedom of slaves who left their roots forever in this town about an hour from Cartagena.

We will start by following the route that the cimarrones took to escape from the wild treatment of the Spanish. Arriving in San Basilio de Palenque, we will enjoy a walk to explore and learn about the history of the first free town of America, We will get to know their customs, traditions, idiosyncrasies and also the African legacy that is still preserved within its streets. We will learn from their language, which was created as a strategy to flee from their masters and the meaning of the braids that all the native women of this place take pride in wearing. We will delight in a drum performance and we will learn the importance of this musical instrument, We will also taste the local rum and the sweets that the “palenqueras” (native of the region) prepared daily to sell to locals and visitors


WHAT'S INCLUDE

  • Hotel pick up
  • Bottled water
  • Bilingual professional tour guide ( English and Spanish)
  • Drum performance
  • Local rum and sweet tasting

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW 

  • This is a private experience
  • Hotel pick up is not included in Manzanillo area
  • For people staying in Manzanillo drop off is in the old city.
  • This experience doesn't include lunch
  • Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more. Contact us
  • Children 3- years old don't pay
  • Palenque is HOT, so we recommend you to wear comfortable clothes
  • Palenque doesn't have pavement, so we recommend you to wear closed shoes
  • Bring a hat or cap
  • Sunscreen is important
  • To check another hour availability, contact us
  • For assistance in a different language, contact us
  • ¡Be on time!

DETAILS

Hour

09:00 am or 2:00 pm

Duration

2.5 hours

Meeting point

Hotels located in the old city, Getsemani, Laguito and Bocagrande area.

Category

Private experience

Availability

Mon-sun