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Palenque; Historical and Cultural Tour.
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Palenque; Historical and Cultural Tour.

By Vivamos Colombia Travel
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Ages 2-70, max of 30 per group
Duration: 8h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Spanish
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  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Cultural show
  • Soda/Pop
  • Typical candy
What's not included
  • Expenses not specified in the plan.


Start:
  • Sibarita del Mar, Av. Blas de Lezo, El Centro, Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Pickup details
  • Hotels located in the Center, Laguito and Bocagrande.
Additional pickup options
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
  • La Serrezuela Mall, Cra. 11 #39-21, San Diego, Cartagena de Indias, Provincia de Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 149349P10

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 149349P10

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    • Vivamos Colombia Travel
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    • KemAj18
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      A must-do tour!
      This tour was the highlight of my trip to Cartagena!!! I learned so much about Afro-Colombian culture. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about the history of Palenque. A special shout out to Alberto for leading the tour and Vanesaa for capturing all of the activities we did while on the tour, with her camera. Highly recommend this excursion to anyone spending time in Cartagena.
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    • F9801GIalinas
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      Very pleasant and highly recommended
      Very pleasant trip thanks to the warm, pleasant and knowledgeable young guide, Roberto. He gave very good explanations at the birds reserve and was very caring and helpful.
      Written August 13, 2023
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      Adventure and feat of height
      If you are into some daring feats, this is for you. Probably best to book with tour office or those in the street for specific information regarding lunch and other sites / beaches/ mangrove tours. Bring bathing suit, you’ll be up to your neck in mud with a local assistant, working for tips, be generous… You will wash off in the lagoon below. Good luck!
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    • kathrynmD4248VU
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      Fabulous Trip to National Aviary and Playa Blanca
      Although the start of the trip was complicated due to unavoidable communication issues caused by Cartagena losing power/electricity, once I caught up with the group, the trip was fabulous! The guide Vanessa was professional, attentive, personable, helpful, knowledgeable, and patient. It was clear she really enjoyed being a tour guide and loved talking about and interacting with each of us in our small tour group, as well as the birds – many of whom she appeared to know as individual birds! As advertised, the trip to the public beach was short and I especially loved that it was outside of the tourist area. The typical lunch was good, and we ate in a palapa-type structure right at the ocean. Doesn’t get any more real in being with the locals than this! After going in for a short swim, while lying on a cot connected to the beach restaurant, I was approached by a woman who wanted to give me a mini massage which I was unsure about as I didn’t have much cash with me. Vanessa reminded me it was up to me and within my control to decide whether to have a service or not. I appreciated Vanessa’s clarification that the women that do the massages come from the small town right there and that this is how they make their subsistence income. Although I was low on cash, I took the plunge and decided on a short massage which was quite good! (I feel I can give this testament as I have been a licensed massage therapist for nearly 30 years). So, if you are looking for an authentic and enjoyable excursion to the aviary and then public beach for lunch with a friendly, knowledgeable, and professional local guide, I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone!
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      We toured with Jesus and had a wonderful time! He was extremely knowledgeable about the birds and was really funny and engaging. This is such a beautiful aviary and very well maintained. Going to Isla Baru is the perfect end to this day. After walking around in the warm weather, a dip in crystal clear waters is a great way to close the day. We had a fantastic time!
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    • Valeriya R
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      If you wanna get an authentic and culture experience it’s worth it!
      I met an amazing guide Jenny, who showed me all hidden place of culture starts from cuisine and ends with music and variety of things u can buy there. For your first experience u definitely have to go with guide there, otherwise you will get lost there. It’s a massive place where you can get literally anything. My intention was to buy fruits and seafood, which I found there much cheaper neither in supermarket! Imagine king prawn, blue crab, wild shark etc. Jenny been so kind and patient with me as I was googling each of the fruit she showed me (and trust me there are lots of fruits which u will not find anywhere else) we had a nice fresh juices de from one it, named Nispero. (Tasted Kinda milky coco milkshake) Then we grabbed the local beer while she was explaining me the culture of the music here. I really really enjoyed her company! Fluent English (which is rare here) and at the end of that she made me feel so comfortable in all this crowd and made feel safe! Greeting to her!
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      Amazing experience!
      Roberto picked us up from our hotel with Alfonso, our driver. Both were friendly and engaging. We made stops along the way with Roberto informing us about Colombia's history and it's people as we drove in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle. We arrived at the Palenque and ate a delicious meal of coconut fish and rice prepared by the ladies. Antonio, our Palenqueros local guide was friendly, thoughtful, and extremely knowledgeable about the history and people of San basilio de Palenque. He even brought umbrellas for the tour because he knew we would need them in the heat. He taught us some phrases in the local language still used in the Palenque. He introduced us to so many wonderful people and places with Roberto translating everything for us along the way. We were made to feel comfortable and were treated extremely well. Best day by far spent in Cartagena. Thank you Vivamos Colombia Travel, Roberto, Antonio, and Alfonso for a wonderful day!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      Written June 15, 2023
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      Most Unique Cultural and Local Experience in Cartagena
      The best local experience I have had in Cartagena. Usually in Cartagena or on those island tours, wherever you go there are always tourists and you never really get the whole cultural experience, but this tour gives you a real sense of Colombia where you enjoy the nature in peace, so many tones of green in the mangroves while riding around your cano... Again, ones of the best experiences in Cartagena, definitely give it a try, you will be taking some of the best pictures of your life. One tip from me, go on the weekdays and ask your tour guide to use the local bus instead of an air conditioned car. Thanks a lot to Angelica and David!
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    Mei-Ling T
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    I’ve not had a major issue with the many excursions I’ve booked so far with Trip Advisor - until now. The tour guide I was matched with initially did not speak any English, and this was an English speaking tour. Turns out this is the companies way of saving money, by not wasting a seat…just to be handed off to a different group when we got to Palenque. Another interesting thing I’ve not seen on any other trip, was the tour guide had both kids with her. Strange there was a van full of tourists and two of her kids. Not a problem, but strange. Once there the experience was good until the last hour, there was only one protein option which was a whole fish, which I can’t eat. So, I settled with rice and small salad. No other protein option was offered. Also, it was unpleasant watching the starving and thirsty animals running around, no one seemed to care that they were hungry and thirsty. There were a few dogs that appeared on the brink of death with ribs protruding. Every house we stopped at within Palenque were asking for tips/donations. They were pushy about us socializing with the locals who were in a crowded small tent for an festival. They claim COVID doesn’t exist there….yeah right. I stayed outside of the tent most of the time, as it wasn’t worth getting stuck in Columbia. Waste of an hour. Then they attempted to squeeze me into the back seat of a car, with two other tourists…again, I didn’t arrive that way and we were already sweaty and uncomfortable of being on top of each other for the long drive back. I asked them to just allow me to rejoin my original group. Not a tour I’d do again.
    Written January 3, 2022
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    Good Morning Mrs, So I'm Paola Pava tour guide, I'm really sorry for not meeting your expectations about the tour, but I need expain some things, 1. The fist part was, the tour start on Palenque town, and we find the local guide (main guide of Palenque), this guides are spoken English,we offer the round trip transportation, the woman with her 2 children, she is from Palenque, we are one a race in San Basilio, we have no distinctions whatsoeve, we enlarged family, even with children, they are native persons, she is the auxiliary guide, ( it's not necessary that she speak English, because the speech it's in charge the main guide From Palenque, 2, as tour operators, we take a tourist on a recurring basis, in shared tours in vehicles according to the number people, it's normally have different nationality in a single group, with this tour we have the opportunity to make our culture known, like our traditions, ancestral knowledge, ways of the life, our culture is also represented Typical food, and we offer very delusions Fish, the woman from Palenque win a international food award, for this reason we show it through our typical dishes, the food is plentiful and repeatable, 3. Part of the ways of life and economy is the raising the animals like a pigs, goats, horses and it's normally to see walking between the people, 4.the socialization is the part of our culture and the sample of our activities, this Tay we have representative festivals, we want to show our visitors, 5. Yes we work community tourism or tourism care, for their economy we suggest the tips/donations, and they can work again for the live culture, 6. To want to know what a people really is like, who over the years to which they were subjected, maintain their roots knowledge from generation to generation, it's necessary to have opened and expectant mind of how wonderful it's to see this realities.7. the COVID in Palenque it's no arrive any one, because they have natural medicine with plants, they are proud to have these acquaintances 8. Yes we separated you that the initial group because the other group speak french, and you needs to go the English spoken guide .9. the vans was to 13 pax and the group was 8 including 2 small kid's auxiliary Palenque guide 10. The tour compelted we give all I propose. 11. The other visitors enjoying so much the festivas , food , culture, people, young people, really enjoy, they can tell us like a reweed 12. Thanks for everything maybe if sometime do you want come back we do it different form, like personalization things. Am Paola Pava Tour Guide
    Written January 7, 2022
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    Eric C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2021 • Friends
    This tour was Incredible and I look forward to actually taking it again next time I’m in Cartagena. The People of Palenque were amazing and the tour was extremely eye opening. Thank You to our wonderful tour guide and driver for being so welcoming and informative throughout the entire car ride and tour.
    Written November 26, 2021
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    T G
    Patterson, CA13 contributions
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    Sep 2021 • Friends
    Learning the history of the Palenque was my absolute favorite. Walking around the the town seeing all the people. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Paola and Lorenzo are the BEST!!! If you come to Cartagena take a private tour with Paola and Lorenzo. They'll give you so much knowledge. We can't wait to return. We will definitely do this tour again.
    Written September 14, 2021
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    Thanks so much, it was really pleasant to show Palenque about our local experience on the live cultures, we hope that you come again, we give you the best experience in Cartagena tks so much, Att Paola
    Written November 13, 2021
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    Ms International
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2021 • Solo
    I am so glad I booked the San Basilio Palenque Tour with Vivamos. The guides on this tour were excellent and very knowledgeable. I loved everything about this tour . I was happy that company accomodated me since I was solo traveling and picked me from my hotel in Bocagrande. There were several other who were on were on Palenque tour. If you are traveling to Cartagena, you must book Vivamos Palenque Tour. You will not be disappointef.
    Written May 5, 2021
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    Thanks so much, it was really pleasant to show Palenque about our local experience on the live cultures, we hope that you come again, we give you the best experience in Cartagena tks so much, Att Paola
    Written November 13, 2021
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    mel b
    New York, New York, United States239 contributions
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    Oct 2023 • Solo
    Great historical tour. A must visit for everyone. Much respect for the people for maintaining their history in such a proud way. Thank you for sharing it with us. I am appreciative.
    Written October 17, 2023
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    christine w
    2 contributions
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    Feb 2022 • Solo
    I was very disappointed because they changed the date of the tour without calling me or leaving a message on phone or email me! I got nothing and no tour either! I want a refund of my money. TripAdvisor you can do a better job than this! The one tour I really wanted to take was taken away cause of the inconsideration of the company and there associates
    Written February 25, 2022
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    Good morning, Madam Cristine, we wrote on your WhatsApp and you told us "I told you! I book for other company" so we understood that you was cancel sorry about it, this day 24th we went to Palenque, and your book are in our list , but you do not gave your information (hotel, remembered you told us that you booked with other company) At Tks so much Paola Pava
    Written February 27, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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