Palenque African heritage tourism in Caribbean Colombia Short cruise excursions

An hour and a half away from Cartagena, the village of Palenque is located. Its a small place, where most of the traditions of the African brought to South America as slaves are still preserved.

 

San Basilio de Palenque, intangible heritage of humanity, is the name of this town where can still see very well represented the cultural part, the traditions and part of the Bantu language, which is the primitive african language that most of the elders from the town still speak.

TIMING :

Drive from port to Palenque  with guide.

Native guide

Visit to Palenque (Short walking tour around village)

Cultural visit: to important people of the village

Return drive to port

per adult from

$221

AUD

Duration

5 to 6 hours

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Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Bottled water
    • Professional guide
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Local Guide in Palenque
    • Snacks
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Landing and facility fees
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Lunch
  • An hour and a half away from Cartagena, the village of Palenque is located. It’s a small place, where most of the traditions of the African brought to South America as slaves are still preserved.

     

    Palenques or quilombos were organized communities founded by escapedslaves during the colonization of the Americas.

     

    This small towns where formed with the first slaves that managed to scape from the city, and take shelter in the Woods, away from the Spaniards.

     

     

    San Basilio de Palenque (Colombia) henceforth referred simply as Palenque, is themost popular palenque that has survived to this day. 

     

    It symbolizes the struggle of Afro-Colombian communities for the abolition of slavery, ethnic re-vindication, coexistence, and recognition of cultural diversity in Colombia.

     

    In recognition ofits intangible cultural heritage and historic significance,  this village was declared a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005.

     

    Palenque History and Culture

    Located in the northern part of Colombia, approximately 38 miles from the popular city of Cartagena, in the state of Bolívar, Palenque (population 4,978) was supposedly founded by a group of slave rebels commanded by Benkos Bioho, an important leader of the slave resistance in Colombia.

     

    After years of struggle, persecution, and failed agreements, the Spanish government granted offcial pardon, autonomy, and freedom rights to allescaped African slaves living in the area of Palenque; for this reason, this communityis considered as the  first free territory of the Americas.

     

     

    Its economy today, like in colonial and post-colonial times, isbased on small scale farming and ranching and the sale of traditional sweets andfruits by Palenquera women in the bigger cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla, in the North coast of Colombia. Centuries of isolation and marginalization helped Palenque retain andcontinue most of the rich social, cultural, and spiritual practices of their Cimarrón ancestors.

     

       The Palenquero language, la lengua palenquera, is one of the centralaspects of Palenquero culture. It is the only Spanish-based Creole language which incorporates grammatical forms of African dialects, in particular those of the Bantufamily.

     

    Drive from port to Palenque  with guide.

    Native guide

    Visit to Palenque (Short walking tour around village)

    Cultural visit: to important people of the village

    Return drive to port

    Another important aspect of the Palenquero culture is its social structure, consisting of extended family networks, age groups (kuagros), and councils that help maintain community identity and solidarity.

     
  • Departure Point :
    Cruise Port
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Cruise Port
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • A minimum of two people per booking is required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by CARTAGENA DESTINY TRAVEL AND TOURS

Activity ID: V-75465P14

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