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Freedom Tour of Palenque provided by Travel Palenque

Freedom Tour of Palenque
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94% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5–6 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5–6 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 136321P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Typical Palenquero lunch with refreshment
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation to and from hotel in Cartagena
  • Profesional local
  • Demonstration of traditional dance and music
  • Traditional welcome drink made with locally made rum
Duration
5–6 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • Rafael Nunez Airport, Cartagena Colombia
  • Ports:
  • Cartagena
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
Inclusions
  • Typical Palenquero lunch with refreshment
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation to and from hotel in Cartagena
  • Profesional local
  • Demonstration of traditional dance and music
  • Traditional welcome drink made with locally made rum
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Airports:
  • Rafael Nunez Airport, Cartagena Colombia
  • Ports:
  • Cartagena
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5–6 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Monumento a Benkos Bioho
    Stop: 30 minutes
    Learn about the founding and history of the first free land in America.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
36 reviews
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Shawn C
Cartagena, Colombia2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We had a great time speaking with the locals of Palenque learning from our tour guide Ronal about his town and the rich African history there. The principles of family and community is strong here, growing up in cohorts, natural medicine and respect of our elders were all on full display here. We all could learn a lot from our friends in Palenque. Well done. #PalenqueForever
Written March 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

2cherish
7 contributions
Apr 2022
The Freedom Tour of Palenque was amazing and very organized! After the nearly one hour drive, we arrived in Palenque and began our walking tour. Our Tour Guide (Lorenzo) provided so much valuable information about the city's origin and his birthplace. On the tour, we were taught several local phrases and saw the young people perform who engaged the audience as active participants. The Tour Guide continually provided details about the traditions and culture of the people.
A delicious lunch was included! I wish I had more cash available.
This time was well worth it and I advised many people of this MUST DO tour during their visit to Cartagena!
Written May 5, 2022
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Patricia G
9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
This is a well organised tour. As a local, Eric is fantastic at telling you all about the history and sights of interest and you feel like you're really contributing to the community. Eric taught us a few phrases in the local language, which is something we wouldn't have the chance to learn elsewhere. We especially enjoyed the musical elements and getting to actually participate in them. The only thing that was missing was a gift shop to buy Palenque souvenirs that could further support the community such as the wonderful t shirts that the guides wear, or flag coloured keyrings.
Written April 11, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

wilkinsonm18
Toronto, Canada21 contributions
Feb 2020
We had an incredibly authentic experience with Travel Palenque. The tour was very informative - our guides, Victor and Tyler, provided us with lots of information in both English and Spanish as well as many experiences with the local people. We truly enjoyed our time there. We felt very cared for, even when one of our group fell faint due to the heat / sun, she was whisked away in a car to a cool and protected spot to recover. the food was tasty and the company very welcoming. The tour provided a bit of everything - drumming, natural medicine, dance, and history. The only drawback was the size of the vehicle for our transport from Cartagena. It was a Hyundai sedan for 4 adults - a bit of a squeeze for an hour and a half journey. our driver was highly skilled and the vehicle was air conditioned, but it would have been a comfortable ride for a group of 2 or 3 rather than 4. however, we still thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Thanks Travel Palenque!!
Written February 8, 2020
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James H
1 contribution
This tour is a must! Make sure you get Lorenzo as your tour guide. He actually grew up in Palenque which made a tour more personable and more in depth in terms of getting the full Afro cultural experience in the town of Palenque. For anybody trying to learn more about their Afro roots this tour is highly recommend it and make sure you get Lorenzo as your tour guide.
Written August 28, 2021
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MurrKe
4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We had any AMAZING trip with Ronal touring Palenque yesterday!! As a member of the Palenque community, his passion and knowledge of the history of the town was superb. As black people, it's empowering to hear of the resilience of our ancestors resisting the slave trade and creating a self sufficient independent life and town.

The highlights of our tour were talking with a traditional medicine healer, watching a master drummaker perfect his craft and dancing with the kids at the cultural center. And our lunch was delicious!

If you want to know about the free black experience of Colombians & want to contribute to sustaining an independent community- THIS IS THE TOUR FOR YOU!
Written March 13, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
travelpalenque
Thank you so much to let us to show our community we really apreciate it #theRealBlackHistory
Written March 14, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RaCia P
1 contribution
May 2022 • Solo
We got an extensive and engaging tour of the community and I loved every part of it.

We learned about the history of the community, natural medicines they rely on, the traditional homes, the music and art, and so much more. Everyone was very friendly (the tour guide, community members, and presenters).

I suggest bringing some cash to tip the presenters (not required, but helps them out). For instance, we visited their boxing gym and they explained that the money would go towards the gym’s upkeep.

It was hot and a lot of walking on unpaved roads so be sure to dress accordingly. The trip included hotel pick up and drop off which was very convenient. My favorite part of the tour was the home-cooked meal by a local community member (the options were chicken, fish, and I think vegetarian as well).

An excellent and necessary experience!
Written May 28, 2022
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Theofran
Bronx, NY39 contributions
Mar 2022
There are so many parts of the trip I enjoyed. The food, learning about the culture of the community, how they make drums and meeting the Medicine man.

I can't forget about meeting the Artist of the town who is also a travelling Musician
Written June 1, 2022
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Veronica The Explorer
Tampa, FL35 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
I selected this tour because I was interested in learning more about the brave and revolutionary people of Palenque. Eric was and excellent tour guide who is from Palenque and knew many of the locals by name.
During the tour we walked through the village, stopping by a local spiritual leader, medicine man, museum, local hip hop performer, and had a home cooked meal. We also had the opportunity to learn to play a few rhythms specific to Palenque on the drums.
I learned a lot about the town and the people and would highly recommend this trip for those of African decent and those interested in learning more about the great accomplishments of the African people in Colombia. Wear comfortable shoes to walk around the vilage
Written January 3, 2021
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Ogiamien1
2 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We were picked up from our hotel in a small SUV, guides were on time. Eric, was friendly and oozed with joy to share about his ancestors and their journey to freedom. We felt safe and one with the locals. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. It was HOT! This tour was quite liberating and I would recommend as a must See to experience the true side of Afro-Colombian Culture. Bring Money for tips!
Written March 7, 2021
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Disappointing
We booked this tour in hopes of having an adventure and learning the history. Unfortunately, we experienced neithe
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Walking amongst the ancestors!
WOW, what an amazing venture, the provider was very informative, knowledgeable and kind. Palenque is an amazing tow
revslaws
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If you truly want to understand the history of Colombia, then you MUST take this tour!
This was such a wonderful addition to our trip to Cartagena. This is the first free African settlement in all of t
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ChadM-Palenque-Aug-2021
I just completed this tour. I had one of the best experiences on horse back. It was a solo tour, where my guide sho
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A great day of horseback riding.
We had a great time . The tour guide was a genuinely nice person but as mentioned before he is more reserved and no
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Loving Palenque
Tyler and Ronal are such seasoned professionals. The tour was excellent t from the food, horses, natural medicine,
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Unforgettable Experience!!
The most memorable and authentic travel experience I have had in my life. The rich history of the first free land i
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The Reason Why I Visited Colombia
I learned of Palenque 50 years ago but to travel to the area was nearly impossible. When I heard that San Basillio
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