Las Palenqueras, Fruit Basket Ladies in Cartagena.

By | April 23, 2012

Las Palenqueras - Fruit Basket Ladies

Plaza Santo Domingo, Cartagena

Going to Cartagena, the only expectation I had was to see the famous ladies balancing fruit baskets on their heads. These Fruit Basket Ladies were always the first thing that came to mind when I thought about Colombia. I found out their name is Las Palenqueras, as they come from the city San Basilio De Palenque. The first Palenquera I saw was in a famous area of Cartagena called Plaza Santo Domingo. Seeing her was as if I was seeing a celebrity! Yay! It would be a pleasure to eat her fruit! She was selling the fruits in her basket, and I LOVE fruit so it was a win/win situation. I bought a plate of fruit for 5000 pesos which seemed like a great deal as it was about $3 CAN. My body wanted fresh fruit too ( Heyyyyyy! Wink Wink) because the hostel breakfast consisting of bread, cereal, and cake was just not cutting it. Well really it’s a love/hate relationship with carbs. I love carbs, but my body not ahhh not so much. 😛

Buying Yummy Fruit in Santo Domingo from a Palenquera

It was here I learned that not only do Las Palenqueras sell yummy fruits to tourists like me, but they are more than woman wearing vibrant coloured dresses carrying fruit baskets on their heads. They come from a city called San Basilio De Palenque which is an hour away from Cartagena. These woman represent the difficult times in history as they were slaves and the Black Cimmarones who escaped from their owners. How terrible to think people had owners. :( Unfortunately, it’s true… San Basilio De Palenque was the first city in South America of free slaves. Las Palenqueras preserve their African culture and traditions to this very day just as their ancestor did several centuries ago. When you see them now, think perhaps the word freedom will come to mind. :)

Delicious Fruit Sold By A Palenquera, Cartagena

Beautiful Palenquera, Santo Domingo, Cartagena

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LIFE COACHING IN LONDON on April 27, 2012 at 7:28 am.

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Elaine on April 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm.

Thank you Janet! I am glad you liked the posts. Thank you for reading from London. I LOVE London so much! I love all the history there is. I loved the energy so much and felt so connected. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I went. Maybe one day I will move there since I have an E.U passport! I have many more videos from Cartagena, Colombia coming. :) Here is a video of me in London: Enjoy your weekend!


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