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San Basilio De Palenque – First ‘Free Town’ for Africans

Created with Sketch. San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia
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English, Spanish


Palenque de San Basilio, located 60 km from Cartagena, is a community of descendants of African Maroons from the 17th century. Domingo Biohó was the mythical leader whose fierceness was reflected in the reports that the governors of the Province of Cartagena sent to the Crown. Since 1603, the escape of slaves from the city of Cartagena and its surroundings disturbed the authorities. The fugitives not only left with the tools of tillage and the firearms, but founded towns in the inaccessible swamps of the region

Arrive to a warm welcome in Palenquera language. Your tour will start with a historical tour through the most emblematic points of what is considered to be intangible oral heritage of humanity.

With your guide you will wander among a populace of African descent. Discover the monument of Benkos Biohos (leader and founder of palenque) and the house of Kombilesa Mi, a musical group which works to preserve and strengthen the Palenquera music along with its autonomous instruments. Learn about the house of ancestral and communal justice, which for decades has been the way to solve local problems within the palenquera community. Traditional leaders oversee the process.

Next, you will visit Casa Rafael Cassiani Cassiani, the teacher of a musical group of senior citizens called “SEXTETO TABALA.” These participants pass on their traditions from generation to generation with Palenquera auto-tone music.

Don’t miss out on the monument of Antonio Cervantes kings, (KID PAMBELE), the first boxing world champion who was Colombia born and raised in Palenque. Finally you will learn about Arroyo de Palenque, a place of supply for the Palenquera community and an important source of life for recreation and interpersonal communication.

Finally, your experience will end with a traditional lunch that will introduce you to local flavors and preparations.

Extend your experience with an optional sample of traditional dance

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  • Transfer round trip from hotel
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Insurance

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