If you are looking for an eye-opening, ‘real’, meaningful, and fascinating excursion that shares history, culture, music, dance, language, boxing, offers traditional healing, and a typical meal, I would recommend this excursion to anyone! It filled me with awe, admiration, and feeling hopeful, not an easy feat during these times we live in!
The guide Wendy is also a lawyer and was professional, personable, attentive, helpful, knowledgeable, and patient throughout! Wendy also worked with a local guide named Faider who is from Palenque, studying law in Cartagena, and in addition to being a local guide for the community, Faider a cultural ambassador of Palenque. Faider was likewise professional, warm, knowledgeable, engaging, informative, and helpful! It was clear that both Wendy and Faider strongly believe in their work and in delivering the real history and stories respectfully from the voices of the locals in the community of Palenque. What a gift to hear and receive a true people’s historical and cultural experience!
The tour included many stops and opportunities for conversation, connection, photos, and ways to support the local economy. Some of my favorite experiences and places included the traditional dances by the young local dancers, the traditional medicine demonstration and traditional medicine doctors, the boxing demo and gym, the museum of a typical home and the music studio, and the opportunity to play instruments and/or hear the leader of the professional, famous and local music group Kombilesa Mi’ play music with his young daughter. I especially loved hearing how their music is a combination of the struggles of the people of Palenque, Rap, and traditional rhythms in their Palenque language.
The excursion was very informative, powerful, inspiring, and enjoyable! I would definitely recommend this memorable experience of Palenque to anyone!