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Cartagena, Colombia
Freedom Tour of Palenque

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icon5 to 6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

If you want to dig beneath the tourist sites and really learn about the culture and history of Colombia, this 'Freedom Tour' of San Basilio de Palenque is ideal. With a knowledgeable local tour guide you'll visit a variety of places that demonstrate how the distinct African culture has been maintained for centuries. Learn about traditional music and dance, folk medicine, and Palenque's unique language.
  • A fun and educational tour for curious travelers
  • This private tour can be customized to suit your needs
  • A Palenquero lunch and drink of rum will be provided
  • Transfers from Cartagena hotels are include
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Lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation to and from hotel in Cartagena
Profesional local
Demonstration of traditional dance and music
Alcoholic Beverages

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8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Travel Palenque
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Also bring some water, cool clothes and comfortable shoes and an umbrella or hat (for shade) because it is hot in the sun." See review
  • "It would be quite comfortable for 2 or 3 people." See review

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star-5
I loved it!
Shayna_A
, Jul 2022
Eric and his team were amazing. I learned so much about Palengue and the treatment of the people there.
star-4
Cultural Enrichment
Shawnice_A
, Jul 2022
Our visit to Palenque included several activities that allowed my husband and I to enhance our knowledge of the culture.
star-2
Unfortunate Experience
Michelle_B
, Jul 2022
Poorly organized. Mass confusion during the food ordering and delivery process. Unsanitary conditions from animal feces to horrible bathroom conditions. The request for tips at every turn was unsavory. Our tour guide didn't remember our drop off location. We ended up taking a taxi back into the Wall City. I wish I could give full details on why something that was suppose to be memorable was truly disappointing experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
BOOK NOW!!!! It’s sooo worth it.
Nikk
, Jul 2022
The most informative and humbling experience during my stay in Colombia. Eric and his team were amazing when explaining every detail of the village. The villagers were very welcoming and to embrace the culture… wow, just wow. Please do not hesitate to book. The drive is about an hour outside of the city but it was very comfortable. Oh, and the lunch… one of the best we had in Colombia.
star-5
Wonderful tour! Unforgettable experience!
Agnes_Z
, Jul 2022
This tour was amazing. Freddy picked us up on time and it was about an hour to the town of Palenque. Alberto met us to give us the tour where he also told us about the history of the town and how they preserve their culture. I loved the music performances and the people were so friendly. We also had an opportunity to visit significant people in the town who also shared about the culture plus we visited a house/museum to learn about the history. The traditional lunch and the welcome drink was also so good!!! The people and the culture are very beautiful and I am happy this tour is available -- if you are staying in Cartagena, you definitely should do this tour, I recommend it to everyone!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Tour
Stacy_M
, Jul 2022
What an amazing opportunity to visit the people of Palenque. The culture is incredible and the people are very friendly. The welcome drink and food served was delicious. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to immerse themselves in a culture visit of Colombia.
star-5
COLLECTION OF AWESOMENESS!!!
VilmaTeresa_J
, Jul 2022
Every experience was unique and very memorable individually , and collectively.The "party bus" was active and entertaining; the "Palengue" tour was educational and a musical in its own right. Words cannot describe the awesome experience of bathing in the volcanic ashes during the 'mud bath' trip.
star-5
Palenque Tour
Michelle_J
, Jul 2022
Learning the history of the Palenquero people was AMazINg. The first free blacks in the America's. AFRO-Latino heritage is real.
star-4
Beautiful city and culture
Maressa_M
, Jul 2022
To see such a historical city in person is a memorable experience. The people and culture are beautiful.The tour guide and assistant were informative and friendly.However,I felt that the tour should include more demonstrations for the history portion. A walking tour of murals and friends just didn't give me the experience I was expecting. The medicine man and elder woman represent the history I was desiring.It would be nice to see how the base for the homes were constructed, cropping of the land,original documents,preparation of food etc.Again the tour is definitely a must for the city itself but I felt the musical experience and meet/greet didn't provide a comprehensive experience.
star-5
History Culture and Amazing Experience
Samantha_B
, Jul 2022
The entire tour was excellent. Far exceeded my expectations. What an amazing experience filled with culture history amazing lunch and a graet time. The people of Palenque make you feel like you among family. Would recommend this tour as a must do in Cartegena.
star-4
Cultural Experience
Chaundra_G
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the dancers. This is an authentic learning experience and good opportunity to see the culture up close. Be prepared to tip.
star-5
Worth every penny.
Diamond_E
, Jun 2022
This was an amazing tour! Everyone was accommodating and knowledgable! The bus was very comfortable and they provided umbrellas to block the sun. I was excited to learn even more about the town and history-- I certainly want to return
star-5
Great Tour
Monica_M
, Jun 2022
This tour is worth it and our tour guide Eric was great! It was very informative and so much fun, especially at the drum makers shop. Overall would recommend.
star-5
DIASPORA HISTORY
Michelle_W
, May 2022
Eric, our tour guide, was excellent. It is a yotal immersive experience. We danced, played music, used a pilon, ate a traditional meal and enjoyed a traditional rum drink. Definitely must experience if you like diaspora history.
star-5
Best Tour
Jade_B
, May 2022
This was an amazing tour. You get to learn and see so much of Palenque. I would definitely recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Palenque Tour
Renee_J
, May 2022
This tour provides a great understanding of the Palenque people history, traditions, and community beliefs. It was great to see this in action.
star-4
Good time in Palenque
Damarron_J
, May 2022
My lady and I really enjoyed the tour. Lorenso was an excellent guide/host. He took us around the town to meet various people and they were all so informative and welcoming. I would highly recommend this tour my friends and anyone else.
star-5
Most memorable tour!!
Sonya_R
, May 2022
Beautiful experience. Great guide!! This is a walking tour and it's going to be hot so dress accordingly. Umbrellas were given to shade from sun. Bring small bills for tipping. ENJOY!!
star-5
Amazing trip!!!
kaila_M
, May 2022
This trip was amazing! Lorenzo our tour guide gave us tons of information and every one in Palenque made us feel at home! Beautiful country filled with rich history and culture! It does get really hot there make sure you always remain hydrated.
star-5
Best experience in Cartagena
Larry_H
, May 2022
This tour was very nice! The drive was about and hour or so away. When you arrive you stop at the restaurant place your lunch order and grab your umbrella! You are also giving water on the tour! I really enjoyed this experience. You would want to take. Some Columbian money to tip the community. It was definitely a humbling experience and very enjoyable! The community is so welcoming and happy, with no cares in the world! The tour guide was amazing. I apologize I don’t remember his name😩 but he was great!

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