"Visit San Basilio de Palenque, the first free town of America, while you immerse into living African culture in America through history, music, gastronomy, heritage, and contact with locals."
Visit San Basilio de Palenque, the first free town of America, while you immerse into living African culture through history, music, gastronomy, language, heritage, and contact with locals.
We will pick you up at 8:00 am to take you to La Boquilla a suburb of Cartagena threatened by urbanization where a project of resistance and social change through drums is taking place. Here you will learn about drums and rhythms with drum builders and teachers who teach music to kids from the neighborhood as a way to keep them out of drugs and child labor. Historically, drums have been instruments of culture, communication, and resistance to African populations in America and have remained in Colombian culture through local music. During this 45 minute workshop, you will be able to try some rhythms in any drum you choose and learn from the experts.
After this activity, we will head to San Basilio de Palenque in an hour and a half ride towards Montes de María region. As you move to this place, you can learn about the African exodus and slavery situation during the colonial period through our local guide. When we arrive, we will be received with a warm welcome and introduced to the town through historical context, music, and gastronomy in a local's house.
We will leave the house to walk through the town and visit the most recognized places, monuments, murals, graffitis, and even enter Master Rafael Cassiani Cassiani for a music demonstration. When we finish, we will return to the house to have a delicious local's dish for lunch served in a very particular way. You can try eating like locals do or ask for regular fork and knife. Afterward, we will walk to another part of town and learn about Champeta, a local music genre with enormous African influence.
Finally, we will return to Cartagena to leave you at your hotel.
Comfortable shoes and clothes
Hat or cap
This is an intercultural experience, so be ready to live something very different from usual.
Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.