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SAN JACINTO & SAN BASILIO DE PALENQUE
Two hours south of Cartagena you will find the village of San Jacinto, a town of indigenous heritage, known for its traditional crafts, music and Gaita instruments. Next stop will be San Basilio de Palenque. Founded by escaped slaves during the 17th Century, this tiny village was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 due to its strong African musical and cultural traditions. It is considered the first free town in the Americas. Observe a community where African roots and traditions have been preserved and maintained with a distinct creole language (Palenquero), folkloric dance, cuisine, dress, hairstyles, political organization and social structure.
ELECTRIC BIKE TOUR THROUGH THE OLD CITY
Morning or evening, when the air in Cartagena is a bit cooler, hop on an E-bike along the old city wall. This 6 mile ride gives you a unique view of the narrow streets of the old city as the town comes alive.
SUNSET AT CAFÉ DEL MAR
Take in some of the best views of the city at Cartagena’s Café del Mar, located on the fortified walls of the old city. This is an ideal spot to relax with a cocktail and enjoy the sunset while overlooking the Caribbean, beaches, and the San Felipe Fort.