Experience Real Cartagena- Tours
I toured Cartagena, Colombia with Alex Rocha of Experience Real Cartagena. Alex and his company were highly recommend from the Facebook group Black Travel Movement as well as Trip Advisor. Without hesitation I reached out to Alex and inquired about the tours and prices. I must say Alex’s price for the tours were on the expensive side but the experience with him was worth every penny. In addition to that a portion of the payments go towards his family youth center in his neighborhood. Experience Real Cartagena is a Rocha family business, all of his children are involved in the business, his sons did two of my tours and they were great! His daughter picked me up for a tour and she was also an excellent guide. I highly recommend Alex and his team. Here is a list of the tours I completed with Alex:
The Real Cartagena Tour: In this tour you get the opportunity to immerse into the local culture, learn about music, food, people, customs, beliefs and more. You also get the opportunity to visit the local market where you get to taste local food and fruits. In addition to that, you will be able to visit traditional neighborhood in order to get a better understanding of the city from a geographic, cultural, social and economic point of view. I did this tour with Alex’s son Chris who was also an excellent guide.
Visit to Palenque: This was my favorite tour. The people of Palenque are the first FREE Africans in America. Palenque is known as the Africa of the Americas! Those who live in Palenque are Afro-Colombians, they are descendants of African slaves that were brought by Europeans during the colonization of the Americas.They have preserved their ancestral traditions and have developed their own language. In this tour I got to learn the music from Palenque, dances, food and overall culture, way of living and beliefs. This tour is a MUST if you are in Cartagena.
In addition to the two aforementioned tours, I did Playa Blanca, which is a local beach and the Chiva Bus (party bus) in Alex. They were also great!
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Until Next Time!
Steph & Vannie