Walking through the streets of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, it is impossible not to run into one of the beautiful vendors of fruit and tropical sweets. The Palenquera woman who dresses in rainbows to sell her sweets and give away smiles.
They are proud black women, those who landed in the city of Cartagena de Indias tied up, mistreated and sold from somewhere in Africa to serve the perverse minds of colonialism. Women whose heritage has forged with flavor and folklore the joyful mentality of the Colombians, who speak a little sung, with much flavor of the ancestral African language; who learned to `defend themselves' with English to interact with the travelers of the pleasure boats that arrive to the bay; and that offer not only ripe and whole-season fruits, but also diversified their trade by presenting them in salads with condensed milk and yogurt, for the most refined.
Being Cartagena de Indias a banner of Colombian tourism, the tropical showcase and dreamed of by travelers, but also by workers from neighboring towns in search of sustenance for their families, has also been, over the years, the place where the Palenquera woman has won the hearts of locals and strangers, to become one of the human symbols of the heroic city, becoming part of the tradition and culture of the city.
Population of about 3,500 inhabitants, is located in the foothills of the Montes de María, southeast of the regional capital Cartagena.
The Wall of Cartagena de Indias was built for the defense of the city and began at the end of the 16th century after the attack of the legendary Sir Francis Drake.
Lush landscapes, picturesque scenery, wide beaches, beautiful islands. The ideal plan is to alternate visits to historical sites with trips to the islands and beaches that abound in and around Cartagena de Indias.