Cartagena: Palenque Tour of Freedom

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Visit the first free town in America and discover our african roots by the hand of a native expert


  • Immersive experience to delve deeply into the customs and traditions
  • Savoring the regional flavors of local rums and sweets made by locals
  • Enjoy the sound of drums and rhythm of native dances


“San Basilio de Palenque, renowned as the first free town in America, holds a rich history dating back to its founding by “cimarrones” (escaped slaves) in 1603. Emancipation was finally achieved in 1713. Consequently, this remarkable town received the prestigious designation as a UNESCO Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity site in 2015. Additionally, it also clinched the top prize at the 2014 Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Beijing. This immersive experience unravels the remarkable journey of enslaved individuals who, against all odds, escaped their oppressors. These brave souls left behind their ancestral ties, and courageously settled in a town situated roughly an hour away from Cartagena. Your voyage commences by diligently retracing the exact steps of the cimarrones, who were determined to break free from the oppressive grip of the Spanish colonialists. Upon reaching the historic San Basilio de Palenque, you will embark on an enthralling walking tour. Importantly, it’s where the enduring African heritage still resounds through its streets. Furthermore, you explore the unique Palenquero language, a brilliant strategy devised to elude their captors. Subsequently, gain profound insight into the significance of the proudly worn braids by the native women. To further enhance your cultural immersion, we enthusiastically partake in an exhilarating drum performance. This enlightens about the profound cultural significance of this musical instrument. In addition, the tour indulge your palates by savoring the regional flavors through sampling local rum. Simultaneously, we relish delectable sweets meticulously crafted by the “palenqueras” (native women), who generously offer these treats to both locals and visitors alike. Finally, by choosing our tour, you not only experience this unique cultural journey but also actively support local businesses. Consequently, your participation significantly contributes to job creation for the Palenqueros, thereby fostering sustainable economic growth within this remarkable and unique community.”


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