From Cartagena: San Basilio de Palenque Tour

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Explore the 17th-century town of San Basilio de Palenque on a guided trip from Cartagena. Learn about the Afro-Colombian heritage of the village, eat a local lunch and watch a drum show.


  • History of San Basilio de Palenque, foundation, development and significance
  • Palenquero language, origins, local slang and useful phrases
  • Music influence, instruments, local sounds and dances
  • African hairstyles, the hidden map towards liberty
  • Local figures like Benkos Biohó and the Cimarrones movement


Located about 50 kilometers southeast of Cartagena, San Basilio de Palenque is a town founded in the 17th century by Afro-Colombians who had escaped from slavery during the colonial period. Palenque has its own distinct culture and language, and you can explore the town's fascinating history, music, dance, and cuisine on this day tour. Guided by a local Palenque tour guide, you’ll visit the town's cultural center, where you can learn about the history and traditions of the community, as well as a tour of the town's landmarks and historic sites like Benkos Biohó plaza. Have you seen the women with colorful dresses within the walled city? They are traditional Palenque women that developed a unique culture and language that reflects the blending of African, Indigenous, and Spanish influences, and a testament to the resilience and creativity of marginalized communities, an important and valuable way of understanding the history of Afro-Colombian culture and resistance. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a local lunch at a palenque restaurant and an optional drum african show. Join us for an unforgettable experience that offers a unique glimpse into the rich and diverse cultural african heritage of Colombia!


Roundtrip transportation to and from your hotel. Local palenque english speaking tour guide Local lunch (meat, chicken or vegetarian) Tour in Palenque town Optional: african drum show

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