festival del tamborito 2024

3 nights, 4 days | January 5-7, 2024 | Nuquí, Chocó, Colombia

2024 Festival Activities

January 5

  • Visitor arrival day: welcoming you to Nuquí. 
  • Festival opening to the public: opening panel discussions and conversations with intergenerational Tamborito leaders of the territory. 
  • Artisanal vendor market open. 
  • Bonfire Concert with renowned musician of the region Zully Murillo.

January 6

  • Gala Night Presentations.
  • Spiritual celebration of the opening of the official day of Tamborito, Día de los Reyes. 
  • Artisanal vendor market open.
  • Presentation of invited delegations of Tamborito and Chocoano Pacific coast music.
  • Contests: 
    • Runway show of Tamborito dresses. 
    • Crowning of the King and Queen of Tamborito. 
    • Best original song.

January 7

  • Closing Party: Day visit by boat along the river to the Mortero Farm with Protectores de la Tierra. 
  • “Vichera” community dinner.

January 8

  • Visitor departure day
  • Breakfast and goodbyes – for now!

Lodging & Meals

We are honored to announce our partnership for this year’s festival with Hotel and Restaurante Delfín Real, a locally, Black-owned hotel made from all-natural wood from the region committed to quality and comfort for all who visit. A great night’s rest and located right in the center of Nuquí.

*Vegetarian and vegan meals available by request.

Invited Artists

Tambacum ꔪ Legado ꔪ Yemaya ꔪ Cumbatambo ꔪ La Cierta Edad Coquí ꔪ Lili Ibarguen ꔪ Chambimbe ꔪ Zully Murillo ꔪ Cumabancheritos ꔪ Jovícum ꔪ Tambores de Jurado ꔪ Agrupación de Danzas de Jurubira Conexión Raíz ꔪ Serranías de Porvenir ꔪ Tamborito Nuquí ꔪ and more! 

*contracts pending, more artists TBA

A Strategic Partnership

With your visitor package, you are supporting the activities of the festival as a strategic partner.

Included in your package is:

  • A U.S. donation certificate of $200 USD
  • Crediting (named or anonymous) as a supporter of the festival
  • A welcome gift package of festival swag
  • And local artisanal products of Nuquí
  • On-site contact(s) to support you during the activities of the festival and in Nuquí
  • Custom concierge service to help you book your flights and add-on travel in Nuquí or liaison to other areas of Colombia
  • Some Spanish to English translation services
  • Ability to pay via PayPal, U.S. debit and credit cards


Festival del Tamborito Visitor Packages

Festival del Tamborito Visitor Packages
Coaching & Healing Services
Plant Products

About The Festival

The Festival del Tamborito has been celebrated for four generations according to our elders of Nuquí.

They identify the festival as having always been part of the fabric of Nuquiseño society. Our elders tell us about memories in the municipal park where women and men danced and sang to the sound of the Tamborito, expressing joy with the movement of their skirts and colorful traditional dresses and attire.

Currently, the community of the Calle de la Virgen neighborhood, specifically a group of artists, organizers and producers collectively known as the Tamborito Festival Committee, have come together with the purpose of resuming this tradition in tribute to the elders of this music, dance and cultural tradition that remains present in the neighborhood. Our elders include women of great wisdom and admiration in the cultural field, women who have carried the flag of their Afro-Colombian traditional arts with care and pride, which is why this dream of reviving the Tamborito Festival was born.

In 2021, the first revival version of Festival del Tamborito was a contemporary adaptation with the goal of safeguarding traditional Tamborito music from Nuquí, honoring the generational changes and integrating other traditional rhythms from the Chocoan and Panamanian North Pacific coast.

In this version, a 3-day cultural agenda was established that included a mural intervention in tribute to Tamborito legend Dellanira Sánchez also known as “Bella,” painted by the renowned urban artist Numa. We had 8 presentations by invited groups of the municipality and about 200 participants in attendance.

In its second version in 2023, we established a 4-day cultural agenda that included: a panel discussion with Tamborito elders discussing the history of the festival; a traditional crafts and vendor market with products like Viche, artisanal jewelry, and festival merchandise; a visit via the river Mortero to community farm and food access project Protectores de la Tierra we were witness the production of organic and traditional farming practices; a Gala Night with presentation of 8 intergenerational invited groups from the Gulf of Tribugá.

In this version, we were also able to engage in an initiative leading up to the festival called: Tamborito al Barrio, where neighborhood performances were held that welcomed and shared the festival agenda through music, inviting the entire community to participate in the upcoming festival.

To carry out the revival festival in the third version in 2024, we seek to replicate what was done in previous versions, expanding our cultural exchange to upwards of 100 invited artists with the cultural sector and community participation.

Pricing Breakdown

3 Nights, 4 Days

Single (Private Room, Double Bed, Private Bathroom): $555

Double (Private Room, Double Bed, Private Bathroom): $542 Per Person

What's Included

  • Welcoming at the Nuquí airport
  • 3 nights accommodations (Jan 5, 6, & 7) double bed, private room with private bathroom at Hotel Delfín Real
  • 3 meals a day of delicious food of the region at Restaurant Delfín Real
  • All activities of the festival
  • a U.S. donation certificate of $200 USD,
  • crediting (named or anonymous) as a supporter of the festival,
  • A welcome gift package of festival swag,
  • And local artisanal products of Nuquí
  • On-site contact(s) to support you during the activities of the festival and in Nuquí
  • Custom concierge service to help you book your flights and add-on travel in Nuquí or liaison to other areas of Colombia
  • Some Spanish to English translation

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Nuquí
  • Additional meals
  • Alcohol
  • Full service Spanish to English translation
  • Incidentals
  • Add-On Pre or Post Festival excursions and activities such as surf trips, visits to thermal baths, waterfalls, Utría national park, etc.

Cancellation Policy

If unable to attend, we will turn your package into a full tax-deductible donation to the Festival.


Do I need a passport to travel to Colombia?


Do I need a visa to enter Colombia?

A visa is not required for U.S. Americans traveling to Colombia for less than 90 days.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Colombia?

Visitors to Colombia are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR test. We ask you to provide a negative PCR (at home) test taken within 72 hours of your flight.

Are flights to and from Colombia included?


Which airport do I fly in and out of?

We recommend flying into the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (MDE) international airport in Medellín. Then, take a flight on airlines Satena or Clic Air from the Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH) national airport in Medellín directly to Nuquí, Reyes Murillo Airport (NQU). Keep in mind the two airports in Medellín are about an hour drive away from each other. You will need to take a cab to get to the other airport. When booking your Festival Visitor Package our team will help you coordinate your travel.

Will I have free time?

Yes, there will be time for you in the morning and around meal times to explore Nuquí, hang out on the beach and get to know the barrio. You are also welcome to opt out of any of the festival activities at any time.

Can I stay longer than 3 nights?

Absolutely! Included in your festival package is concierge support service to help you plan and book your extended trip pre or post festival dates. We give you access to our network of locally-owned businesses, discounts, and beautiful spots to visit in this incredible paradise that is Nuquí and the Gulf of Tribugá. Visit the national park Utría, hot springs and waterfalls, take a surf trip to beginner, intermediate or advanced locations, experience a cooking class in the gastronomy and ancestral wisdom center in Coquí, hike the forest and bath in the pristine rivers and beaches along the coast.

Once booked we’ll work with you and your specific requests to make your trip the ultimate experience of the magic of Nuquí.

Are payment plans available?

Yes. Please contact us to create a plan that works for you.

Can I opt out of the $200 USD festival donation?

We are honored to provide a festival experience that allows for a just exchange to truly support the needs of the community, artists and organizers. By opting out of the festival donation, we ask that you consider what ways you would be able to support the festival to a similar or greater extent and can coordinate with you on a case by case basis to create a festival package that welcomes your offering.

Can I participate as a volunteer?

We are welcoming volunteers starting with our community mural work the 3rd of January who have been to Nuquí before, know what to expect of the region, and have contacts in the community to coordinate with. We offer a room and board work exchange with the local community. If you are interested in supporting this festival as a volunteer please contact us to discuss your skills and the type of support you’d like to offer.

Why should I attend the Festival del Tamborito?

Attending the Festival del Tamborito not only offers you a unique cultural experience but also supports the local community, local businesses, and the transmission of cultural traditions to the younger generations. It's an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the rich heritage of Nuquí and interact with the local culture in a meaningful way.