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Visit the first free African town in the Americas on this day trip to San Basilio de Palenque from Cartagena and immerse yourself in its fascinating culture.

Visit the first free African town in the Americas on this day trip to San Basilio de Palenque from Cartagena and immerse yourself in its fascinating culture.

San Basilio de Palenque Day Trip

After picking you up at around 9 am from your hotel in Cartagena de Indias, we'll set off for San Basilio de Palenque. After an hour's journey, we'll arrive at this incredible village with more than 300 years of history.

Did you know that San Basilio de Palenque was the first free African town in the Americas? Today it's considered a cultural heritage site where the creole language and African culture are still preserved. We'll explore its streets and find out all about the town's origins. 

During the tour we'll marvel at the colourful houses, and the unique traditions that stem from the city's history; in the fields of music, dance and medicine. And without doubt the star attraction is the sight of the “Palenqueras” themselves: the colourfully dressed women who sell tropical fruits in the streets of the city, becoming in the process authentic icons of San Basilio de Palenque!

Having seen so much, we're sure you'll have worked up a hunger! It's a good job then that the tour includes delicious typical lunch, made up of delicacies from the area. Then, with the tour over, we'll head back to Cartagena arriving at around 3 pm.

Hotel pick up

This tour includes pick up from hotels in the Bocagrande area and the historical centre of Cartagena. If you aren't staying in any of these areas, you'll have to make your own way to the meeting point at the entrance to the Éxito San Diego supermarket.

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Price

Adults Children under 3
San Basilio de Palenque Day Trip
US$ 83.10
Free

San Basilio de Palenque Day Trip

  • Adults

    US$ 83.10
  • Children under 3

    Free

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Duration

6 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

Included

Hotel pick up and drop off.

Local, English speaking guide.

Typical lunch.

When to book?

You can book up until 48 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Auditory: Has measures for hearing accessibility. Staff with knowledge of sign language. Offers technological adaptations for the deaf. Security system and visual alarm. Show more

Intellectual: Has measures for cognitive accessibility. Information in easy-to-read format. Signage with easily recognisable pictograms. Security system and visual and audible alarm.

Physical: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets. This must be indicated in the reservation.

Visual: Varies according to the attraction included. Audible security and alarm system.

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Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

No single-use plastics are used.

The show represents local culture.

The indigenous community participates in the management of the activity.

The activity helps the conservation of biodiversity.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The activity helps vulnerable groups.

The activity helps to promote peace.

The activity promotes local production.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

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Pets

Permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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