Because of its bad reputation, many travellers decide not to go to Cali. What a mistake!
The city, also known as the salsa capital, is a must if you want to discover this aspect of Colombian culture.
The city has its own rhythm and its people are known to love to party. I like to think that this is linked to the climate of Cali. Indeed, it’s pretty hot during the day, but fortunately, every day around 5pm, a cool breeze starts to blow.
It’s the daily signal that tells the inhabitants that it’s time to take a walk in the streets. Then, in the evening, people go to the salsa bars to dance and have a good time.
From a historical point of view, you won’t have many places to visit. There are a few churches and museums scattered between the old centre and the San Antonio district but not much more.
However, it is a fantastic place to learn salsa and an excellent base for exploring the area. Indeed, the Pacific coast is only 3 hours away, the coffee region is only 3-4 hours away and Popayan is also 3-4 hours away.
In addition, the mountains and rivers surrounding Cali offer many opportunities for activities such as hiking, canyoning, bird watching and paragliding.
Would you like to add Cali to your itinerary to Colombia?
Find all the information you need in our Cali travel guide.