Las Palenqueras are the famous ladies dressed in vibrant colours carrying fruit baskets on their head. They are from the city of San Basilio De Palenque which is one hour away from Cartagena.
The palenqueras preserve the African traditions brought by the slaves who disembarked on these regions of the South American continent during the Spanish Conquesti. Soon after, in colonial times, palenques began to appear on the mountains. These were settlements of rebellious cimarrones. The term “palenque” turned into a symbol of freedom because anyone who became a member of one was automatically free.
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia