Is an important industrial city built on commodities such as sugarcane and cotton, and is Colombia’s transport gateway to the Pacific.
Cali’s cheerful nature is manifested in salsa, a Caribbean rhythm that is danced here among the sugarcane in its own unique way. Civic mindedness, festive, cheerful mood and creativity have been constant characteristics over the time in Santiago de Cali inhabitants.
Not only for those borned here but for immigrants that have settled in the so called Surcursal del Cielo, this unbreakable optimism has allowed the city to keep forward even in difficult times in the past.
Three decades after the civil conflict, the country is now a safe place and travelers are discovering what they have missed. Its diversity amazes visitors, whom could choose between modern cities, magnificent Caribbean beaches or tours within Amazon jungle, as well as big business and investment opportunities that placed Colombia as the fifth foreign direct investment country in the world at the beginning of 2012.
In order for you to have a pleasant stay, we recommend you to follow the basic but important safety recommendations to ensure a pleasing time:
1. Use the safety box is placed at your hotel/apartment for your valuables.
2. It is not recommended to walk alone in the city at night. Try not to wear jewelry, or use cellphone, digital or video cameras.
3. If you need to take a taxi please use the cab service at your hotel or call them directly. Try not to take taxis on the street.
4. In case you need to exchange foreign money into Colombian pesos, look for authorized exchange houses preferably located inside a mall.
Business hours are usually between 8:00 am to 12:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Usually Saturdays are free but some companies work during the morning.
Monday to Friday:
8.00 am - 11.30 am | 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Saturdays and End of the Month:
9.00 am - 11.00 am
Monday to Friday: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm
BEST MONTHS TO TRAVEL
March to December. Keep in mind not to count the two weeks before and after Christmas, as well as the week before and after Semana Santa (Holy week). Business vacations are usually taken in December, January, June and July.
International driver’s license is required.
In Cali, under a circus tent, the last Friday of each month, more than 130 artists and 1,000 audience members staged a reflection of a city that knows no sadness and raving to the rhythm of salsa. Delirium is a show-party open from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am in a cabaret-style format, in which the audience participates through dance.
Information and tickets: www.delirio.com.co - Phone: 405-5300
It presents an innovative proposal that besides merging genres and rhythms around the salsa music, becomes the first show that combines music instruments and stage movements of the best dancers.
Information and tickets: www.ensalsate.co - Phone: 557 0618
Swing latino is the number one Salsa Dancers School of city with authentic image of dance style Caleño.
Phone: 442 4649 - www.elmulatoysuswinglatino.com
Classes in all latin dance styles for young people, adults, companies, groups and foreigners.
Phone: 370 2692 - www.sondeluz.co
This school of Salsa Casino is known for its teaching methodology that allows anyone to learn without much difficulty, reduce your stress and improve your dance style. certificated in Colombia and abroad.
Phone: 5578833 - www.rucafe.com
Shows portraying all latin rhythms, dance classes for kids, youngsters and adults.
Phone: 557 0618 - www.tangovivoysalsaviva.com
Calle 17 Norte # 9-56, Barrio Granada
Phone: 661 5961 / Mobile: 310 5388434
Ave 3N # 7-19, Barrio centenario
Phone: 668 7588
Calle 2 Cra 10 esquina, Barrio San Antonio
Phone: 893 6809
Mediterranean and Latin Food
Calle 14 N # 9N-18 - Granada - Cali
Phone: 6813630 / 6675656
Steaks and International Food
Calle 15N # 9N-72, Barrio Granada
Phone: (572) 653 4628
Calle 15A N # 9N-35, Barrio Granada
Phone: 661 3736 / 660 2680
Colombian Typical Food
Carrera 12 # 1-29, Barrio San Antonio
Phone: 893 8021
Centro Comercial Chipichape, 237 - 238
Phone: 372 3050
Calle 1a Oeste 2 - 61, Barrio El Peñon
Phone: 380 9743
Originally a straw-colored construction from the beginning of XVII century, established close to the Cali River and dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Soledad and El Señor de la Caña. With the 1787’s earthquake this simple church was torn down and from it only the image of the Señor de la Caña was preserved. In 1942, the church that is seen today was built, and became one of the city’s architectural landscapes references.
In the middle of the 18th century, the city had less than 5,000 inhabitants, extending to San Antonio hill. In the mother church of San Pedro there was a chapel dedicated to San Antonio de Padua. In 1742 with the difficulties that faithful people faced to attend the mass in the mother church, the Parish priest José de Alegría saw the need to built a vice parish on San Antonio hill which was erected in 1747.
Religious complex conformed by the main nave of the church dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Merced (patron saint of the city), the adjacent chapels dedicated to Nuestra Señora de los Remedios and Cristo de Letran, the religious convent, the religious art museum and the archaeological museum. On February 1975 the Convent was declared a National Monument.
Archeological museum dedicated to the Calima culture located in the historic downtown of Santiago de Cali, Colombia. Calima Gold Museum was the ninth museum created by the Banco de la Republica’s cultural department in order to show the artistic expressions and cultural characteristics of pre hispanic civilizations.
It is an Art museum, the first Modern Art Museum and has the most important paper support art collection of the country. It has an important collection of American and Colombian art, graphic work in particular, exhibited in a building dedicated to permanent shows. On its rooms you will find a permanent exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
Founded in 1990. In the exhibition hall there are didactic panels that explain the sugar cane bond to the different aspects of the daily life. You can see the process that applies to the creation of honey (which is exported), and a sweet typical candy called "Manjar Blanco". Sugar cane as food, is part of the city’s culture, and learning from it’s a different way to enter Cali’s lifestyle.
Enrique Buenaventura Municipal Theater Formerly called Cali’s Municipal theater, declared as a national monument in 1982 and located in the downtown of the city.
The park, located within the municipal forest and on the bank of the Cali River, has around 350 animals of 233 species, among amphibians, mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and butterflies. The Cali Zoo promotes and executes several education and research programs to help preserve Colombian biodiversity and create environmental awareness.
A 26 meter high statue located in Cerro Los Cristales, 1440 meters above sea level in Los Andes village, west of the city. In commemoration of the fifty years after the end of the Thousand Days war, on Sunday October 25 1953 an iron and concrete Christ image statue was built on top of the mountain.
Cali’s main hill located in the rural area more exactly in Montebello village. A hill located northwest of the city and 1480 meters above sea level. In its top you will find the Three Crosses monument, a police station and several telecommunications antennas.
A work of the painter and sculptor Hernando Tejada which he donated to the city and that was installed on the banks of the main river, around Normadia neighborhood. Over the time has become one of the most emblematic monuments of the city.
- Barrio Granada.
- Barrio San Antonio.
- Barrio Ciudad Jardín.
- Barrio El Peñón.
Fifteen years ago, three enterprising Caleñas sisters took the initiative to open a small shop in Alameda neighborhood in Valle del Cauca’s capital to offer quality crafts made by local artisans.
Carrera 24 # 8-53, phone: 558 2136 www.lacalenita.com
From sculptures, decoration and utilitarian items, Mauro Phazan pieces are created with his own personal style, as Latin-American expression reflects the feeling and identity through the study and experience of our culture.
Carrera 12 No 2-39 B. San Antonio, phone: 893 5063 www.mphazan.com
Colombia has the largest emeralds and produces 55% of the emeralds in the world, followed by Brazil with a 15% production. Stones deposits of Boyacá, Colombia are embedded in sedimentary rocks making them unique because of the subsoil conditions, which makes them more resistant, bright, more pure and deep shaded.
When visiting Cali you will be surprised about the low prices you might find for world best quality emerald. We recommend always go directly to a jewelry shop, especially those located inside shopping malls and abstain buying from unauthorized shops or individuals since they cannot guarantee the quality.
From shopping, meals, to fun and its proximity to Habita Suites we recommend Chipichape Plaza Shopping which is located only 3 minutes away by car. There you will find foreigner currency authorized exchange offices, banks and secure ATMs to withdraw money.
One of the most important malls in Cali with more than 450 local variety of products and deals; with spaces to walk and eat. Its creation was the result of the success mall in Bogota and Cali exported the idea in order to build a small city within the cit. This shopping mall opened on November 7th 1981 in the south of the city. Since the opening the surrounding areas developed with chain stores residential, universities and commercial sites.
A new shopping mall located on the south side of city, a place where you can find the latest fashion, entertainment have fun and enjoy a nice evening on the new movie theaters.
One the main Shopping centers of the South West of the country. A 5 level building with innovative and functional architecture, located on the north side of the city. Several commercial stores operating and providing a great variety of products and services, restaurants and movie theater.
The Masivo Integrado de Occidente (English: Western Mass Integrated), also referred to as MIO, is a bus rapid transit system that serves Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The system is operated through articulated buses which move in dedicated lanes. Approximately 97% of the city’s spatial perimeter will be covered by this system, involving nearly 243 kilometers. The MIO will cover approximately 72% of Cali’s public transportation needs
One of the most used public transportation services which provides prompt and easy travel within and outside the city.