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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-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!
star-5
Such a great tour!
DeAnica_C
, May 2022
Great tour. A lot of WALKING. Wear comfortable shoes. There are a lot of dirt roads. The people are very friendly. The food is good. It's an incredible experience. Bring water as you may get hot walking around.
star-5
Best tour
Renita_G
, May 2022
Beautiful tour comfortable van ride over friendly people. Good historical tour must see in Columbia.
star-5
AMAZING!
Wemi_A
, Apr 2022
Ronal and the driver that came to pick me up (forgot his name) were exceptional. The trip was great, learned a lot and the food at the end was incredible.
star-5
A must see experience
PercyJ_T
, Apr 2022
The whole experience was great and memorable. It was very educational and the food was impeccable. I appreciated the hospitality.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Rich In Culture
tymina_F
, Apr 2022
The Freedom Tour of Palenque was a very enriching experience. Our tour guide did a phenomenal job explaining the history and culture of his people. It was nice to see how the Palenque people were able to persevere the culture, language and history from generation to generation. This is an experience which will have a lasting impact on you. I felt welcomed and lunch was delicious.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Black Power!
Torianna_C
, Apr 2022
I LOVED this tour so much. We were picked up at the our hotel and taken to Palenque. It was very eye opening to see the difference between Cartagena and Palenque and learn the history of Palenque. If you are black and interested in the experience of black people worldwide, I would recommend this tour. The food was amazing btw. Best food we had on the whole trip.
star-5
Must do!
Marvelous_K
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide, Eric, was knowledgeable, professional, and fun. This was the highlight of my trip. Thank you. 😁
star-5
Palenque!
Natasha_B
, Apr 2022
Palenque was amazing. The history was fascinating. The people were warm and welcoming. The drumming lesson was fun, the trip to the medicine man was informative. We made many stops and had many experiences. Highly recommended!

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