San Basilio de Palenque

Last week I celebrated my birthday in Cartagena, Colombia which was awesome. One place I had to visit while there was San Basilio de Palenque, southeast of Cartagena. Palenque is the first documented free town in the Americas founded about 1603 by Benkos Biohó a former African royal who had been enslaved in Cartagena. Today the spirit Benkos aka Domingo Biohó and the pride of their African heritage is very evident in the village and among the people of Palenque. Below are some photos I snapped while visiting, if you decide to visit Colombia please make it a point to visit Palenque, the tour company we used for our a day trip was Experience Real Cartagena

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