8 hours



“Africa in America” Day Trip to San Basilio de Palenque

This day trip brings you to San Basilio de Palenque (UNESCO World Heritage), known as the first town free of Slavery in the Americas.

This village is definitely worth a visit in order to gain a fuller picture of Cartagena, the slaves history in Colombia and Latin America and to observe a community where Afro-roots and traditions have been preserved and maintained including a distinct creole language (Palenquero), folkloric dance, cuisine, dress, hairstyles, political organization and social structure.

Benkos Bioho established the community of San Basilio when he escaped from a life of slavery in the 16th century. He was born into a royal family that ruled islands just off the coast of Guinea-Bissau but was captured by a Portuguese slave trader and transported to Colombia where he was enslaved. His story is only one among the many similar stories that you will hear from the locals, and which explain why Colombia has such a rich African influence.

In order to get to this village, you will need a one-hour drive to the south of Cartagena. You will enjoy looking some of the Barrios of Cartagena and the countryside. The tour promises you an interesting, fun and educational day. Simply perfect for African legacy lovers.

With this tour, Traviatours supports a great cause and you become a Change maker: When you book this tour, you are supporting FEM, a Colombian non-profit organization that fights against inequality. For more info, visit www.femcolombia.org. 


  • Know the essence of this town, its roots and the immaterial legacy that has been preserved and fights to remain in the future
  • Maximize your time in Palenque by booking this tour that includes round-trip transportation, meals, guide and fun!
  • Taste the delicious food and candy tradition of Palenque: Cocada
  • Learn about the music and drumming culture
  • Unlimited photo opportunities
  • Families and groups of friends interested in learning about different cultures and languages
  • Afroamerican or afroeuropean travellers interested in learnign about the African legacy in Colombia
  • Academic or university groups and students learning about anthropological or sociological issues
  • Families with teenage kids that want them to have an educational experience
  • Traditional music researchers who want to know more about the afro-caribbean musical heritage
  • In general, travelers interested in Afro history.
  • Available every day (check calendar or contact us)
  • Starting time is 08:00 a.m.
  • Duration: 7-8 hours (Normally from 08:00 a.m. – 03:30 p.m.)
  • In October, San Basilio de Palenque is home to the Festival de Tambores y Expresiones Culturales, or Festival of Drums and Cultural Expression. If you can make it for this three-day festival, you can have an authentic experience in one of Colombia’s unique musical festivals.


INCLUDED Pick-up and drop off at your hotel or appartment

Transportation by a private air-conditioned car with bilingual driver/guide

Visit to monuments and Important Citizens of Palenque

Visit to the house of Sexteto Tabalá leader

Travel insurance during the tour

Typical snack and Lunch

Bottled water

Surprise Souvenir

Donation to FEM 

Guided tour in Palenque and mini workshop of Lengua Palenquera

NOT INCLUDED Additional drinks


  • You will receive confirmation and tickets in your e-mail
  • Provide the name of your hotel so we can arrange your pick-up for the tour
  • This village is hot! Make sure that you bring sunglasses, a bottle of water, cap/hat, a towel to refresh from time to time, and sun protection.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunblock and insect repellant
  • Small Cash to buy native souvenirs (optional but very much appreciated by locals)

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