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San Basilio de Palenque - Music, Food and Freedom


"Visit San Basilio de Palenque, the first free town of America, and explore the thriving African culture in America through history, music, gastronomy, heritage, and shared experiences with locals."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the first free town of America with locals and learn about its history and cultural value.
  • Meet the town’s most recognized musician and get an introduction into their own genre, rhythm, and instruments.
  • Try typical local dishes and learn about the long-standing gastronomic tradition.

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San Basilio de Palenque: what to visit

San Basilio de Palenque was the first free town in America, founded by self-emancipated former Slaves during Colombia’s colonial period. This town remains a symbol of resistance and of African pride due to its impressive story. Thanks to isolation and resistance, Palenqueros preserved African culture while creating new local manifestations such as Alegrías (a type of candy), Son Palenquero (a music genre) and the first Spanish-based creole language, which is still spoken in this place.

San Basilio de Palenque is located in the Montes de María region, about an hour and a half outside Cartagena. On the car ride, you will be able to learn about the African exodus and slavery situation during the colonial period accompanied by a local guide. 

After a warm welcome upon arrival in San Basilio, you will be able to connect with the local culture through meeting the town’s people. You’ll have the chance to hear the language - Lengua Palenquera - and even pick-up a few words yourself. 

On a walking tour through the town, you will come across important monuments and colorful paintings that will bring you even closer to understanding the history of this place. You will also visit San Basilios most recognized musician, Rafael Cassiani Cassiani, and learn about the typical instruments and rhythms of Son Palenquero.

Something not to be missed on a cultural experience in San Basilio is trying their delicious food. While trying mouthwatering sweet and savory preparations, you will be taught about their traditional recipes and what they mean to them. After enjoying the lunch prepared by the locals, you’ll head back to Cartagena to enjoy the rest of your day there. 

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NOT INCLUDED

  • Unspecified food or beverage.

THINGS TO BRING:

Comfortable shoes and clothes.

Hat or cap.

Sunscreen.

Insect Repellent.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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.

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