Experience the country's largest celebration of black culture.
August 16-23

Black in Cali

8 days/7 nights

Cali and the Pacific Coast of Colombia were the impetus for AfroBuenaventura Travels. The blackness, the people, their culture. Join me to experience the joy of being in the city known as the home of salsa dancing, where flavorful music permeates the streets during the Petronio Alvarez Festival, an annual celebration of Afro-Colombian music and culture. Then we'll jaunt to the port of Buenaventura where we'll escape to a remote fishing village to see black coastal life and the beauty of black sand beaches and mangroves.

 

This one-of-a-kind trip will focus on the significance of Afro-Colombian culture, and taking an intimate look at the resilience of black villages on the country's Pacific coast. The following itinerary is custom crafted; a result of over 100 hours of research. Did I mention that I'll be your personal photographer and deliver social media ready photos each step of the way? Yea, that part!

Highlights

  • Move your hips at the Petronio Alvarez festival of Afro-Colombian music and culture

  • Meet and connect with Afro-Colombian activists, artists, and locals

  • Enjoy some of the most flavorful food that the country has to offer as we taste our way thru Cali

  • Partake in a high energy salsa dance class

  • Take a mini-pilgrimage to see Black Jesus and be refreshed with local craft beer

  • Escape to a secret village nestled in a rainforest reserve and take a dip in crystal clear lagoons

  • Visit places of cultural significance to the region and its inhabitants

See the full itinerary below.

The Curated Itinerary

Day 1: Let's Dance!

Check into your unique hotel nestled in one of the city's hippest neighborhoods, then enjoy a kick-off reception and dinner followed by salsa lessons.

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Day 2: Sensory Overload

We'll make our way to the Petronio Alvarez Festival of Music & Afro-Colombian Culture and lose ourselves in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Black Colombia

Day 3: Festival & Workshop

We'll get our fix at the festival then participate in a thought-provoking workshop with locals.

Day 4: Head to the Black Coast

 

The Pacific coast is home to many black communities. We'll head toward the ocean and pay a visit to an industrial port city and remote fishing villages.

Day 5: Hike, and Swim in Paradise

Nestled in a lush forest reserve is a small black community known for its sparkling lagoons. Let's hop on the local transportation called a "brujita"and be whisked into this natural wonder.

Day 6: The Black Christ and Beer

Take a mini-pilgrimage to the Basilica that houses the man himself, then be refreshed at the town's own craft beer brewery.

Day 7: Choose Your Caleño Adventure

Take the day to relax, explore Cali, shop, or engage in whatever else the city has to offer.

Day 7: Adios Colombia!

Pack those awesome memories and souvenirs to return home with a new perspective on blackness in Colombia.

Reserve Your Spot​

$1850

Included:

  • Room accommodations for 8 days/7 nights (double occupancy), breakfast included

  • A custom curated itinerary, crafted from over 100 hours of research

  • Major ground transportation and transfers

  • Museum admissions and customized tours

  • Access to exclusive AfroBuenaventura content, including #TravelAsSelfCare Worksheet, pre-departure resources, and facilitated in-country group discussions

  • Social-media-ready photos of you each step of the journey

Not included:

  • International flights

  • All meals not listed

  • Optional excursions

  • Personal travel outside of group activities

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)

 
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