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The Legend of El Dorado

“El Dorado” is the legend of a hidden city in South America that is completely made of pure gold. The term was used by the Spanish conquistadores to define a tribal chief of the Colombian indigenous group Muisca, who during rituals covered themselves with gold dust and then dove into a lake. This old Muisca […]

Public transport Medellin

Medellin Relaunches Tram Line after 64 years

In light of our recent article on increasing modernisations in the public transport systems  of Colombia; we present the ‘Tranvia’, the latest addition to Medellin’s public transport system. The article underneath describes the history of the Tram line in Medellin. Recently in April 2016 the city board has decided to build another tram line running […]

Peace signing Colombia

Cease Fire in Colombia signed: What’s next?

Cease fire Signed Peace in Colombia after the news of the signed cease-fire agreement (between the FARC and the Colombian government) this week, flew around the world; initiating the first steps towards complete peace. It’s dubbed the World’s longest-running civil war ever since the FARC started fighting for their leftist ideology in the 1960’s. Although […]

Metrocable

The Cheapest Sightseeing Tour In The World

The city of Medellin, located in north-central Colombia, has an inspirational story. Only two decades removed from the height of its notoriously violent past, it is now considered to be one of the safest big cities in Latin America, with character, nightlife and public art that any urban area would envy.   Medellín’s Public Transport Surprisingly […]

Tour de chocolate

How Tourism Is Helping Local Farmers

History We, at Palenque Tours believe that tourism is one of the best ways to make a positive difference in Colombia. In the following video you can see how we are making a difference in the lives of the local farmers that host our Chocolate Tour. The video goes in-depth about the struggles that these […]

San Basilio de Palenque

Colombia Travel: San Basilio de Palenque

Hidden away in the Colombian jungle for hundreds of years, there lies a small community alive with African heritage. Located less than an hour from Cartagena, in the foothills of Montes de María, and protected by a combination of swamps and jungle, Palenque has been the home to Afro-Colombians, the decedents of the country’s first slaves, for […]

El Dorado [The Golden One]

“El Dorado” is a term used by Europeans to define a tribal chief of the Colombian indigenous group Muisca, who during rituals covered themselves with gold dust and then dove into a lake. This old Muisca tradition became the origin of the El Dorado legend. When Spanish explorers reached South America they heard stories about […]