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San Basilio De Palenque - Other Activity Cartagena - Colombia

San Basilio de Palenque, two hours south of Cartagena, is an African palenque founded by run-away slaves in the late-16th century. It was an important center of resistance against Spanish rule and slavery. Palenque's language is a unique blend of Congo River languages fused with Spanish. The village has preserved its medicinal and other cultural traditions well. For these reasons, UNESCO declared it an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Every October, is the Festival de Tambores, when San Basilio's music and other cultural expressions may be savored. The patron saint feast day is June 14. Nonetheless, palanqueros are weary about losing their language and traditions. To learn more about San Balisio, visit:

70 kilometers/ 45 miles south of Cartagena

Near Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia

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Getting There
It can be reached by either a 2 hour bus or taxi ride from Cartagena.

Travel Tips: Be respectful of the culture and traditions. This is not a tourist attraction or a zoo. Ask permission to take photos. A good command of Spanish will be helpful.

Price Description: Free

Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

You Need to Bring: Precautions against the sun and insects.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

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Here are other activities in and around Near Cartagena that may be of interest: La Boquilla, Isla de Tierra Bomba, Volcán del Totumo, Playa Blanca and Islas del Rosario.

07 Jul 2011

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