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Cali is a city in southwestern Colombia, capital of the Valle del Cauca department. It has about 2 million inhabitants and it is a significant industrial and commercial center of activity in Colombia. Being at around 1,000 meters above sea level, it has a warm, but not excessively hot climate. It's best known for its salsa music. In December 2010 the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning against visiting Cali, warning of a surge in crime, general insecurity, guerrilla activity and kidnappings.[1] Cali is considered the most dangerous urban center in Colombia, with more than 2200 homicides in 2010.[2] Crime is a big problem, and there are also urban militias of the FARC-EP active in the metropolitan area. See the Stay Safe section of this article. (less...) (more...)

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Points of Interest in Cali

  • Historic churches, there are many historic Catholic churches that represent different Spanish Colonial architecture of a time gone past. The city is over 450 years old, so architecture is one of the best things to see.
  • Museo del Oro del Banco de la República, Calle 7 No. 4-69. A Museum containing archaeological exhibits of pottery and gold of pre-Columbian cultures which existed in the region. There is also a small art exhibition. The entrance is free and it's open Monday till Saturday.
  • Museo Arqueologico La Merced, located in the downtown, is a Colonial-type church, with an archaeological museum displaying pre-Hispanic exhibits and religious art from ancient cultures which inhabited the region in pre-Columbian times.
  • Cristo Rey, a statue located in the top of a hill, similar to Cristo de Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Offers a great city view and climbing the mountain is a good exercise. Do not walk alone, it's not a really safe place.
  • Cerro de las Tres Cruces, a hill embellished with three big crosses from which the whole city is visible makes an excellent morning hike, however, do so only on Sundays as there is generally much military presence these days, due to high number of hikers.
  • Iglesia de San Antonio, colonial-type church at the top of a hill. Another great view of the downtown area. Be careful, as this area can be dodgy after dusk.
  • Barrio de San Antonio, the Iglesia de San Antonio is located at the heart of this area. This place is popular because of its colonial architecture and it is located on top of a hill meaning that it is cooler up there and you can see the city of Cali from the top. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights many people come to the area to watch performers, story tellers, people selling handy crafts and just chilling out with friends. It is a great place to stay filled with restaurants, hotels and hostels for travellers. Many Europeans and North Americans who teach at the bilingual schools and English institution's in Cali choose to live in this area.
  • Estatua de Belalcazar, like its southern neighbour Popayan, Cali was founded by the Spanish conquistador Sebastian de Belalcazar. There is a statue in Belalcazar's honor in a nice residential area of Cali, where you can look out over the whole city. It's much safer than Cristo Rey.
  • Statue: El gato del rio is a famous statue of a giant cat that, along with the statue of Belalcazar, the Three Crosses, and Jesus, has become a symbol for the city. It is situated across the Cali River from the barrio of El Peñon.
  • Zoologico de Cali, this is an excellent zoo with many animals from around the world. The premises are very well kept and, surprisingly, it is in an up-scale side of town. The animals generally have lots of space for themselves. Do not miss : the Bengal tigers, the butterflies and the birds. Lonely Planet has called this South America´s best zoo.
  • La Ermita, a Gothic-style church located in the downtown area. It was built in 1678 and then renovated in 1930.
  • La Tertulia Museum of modern art with international exhibits and a movie theatre that shows many award-winning art house films, among other foreign language works.
  • Plaza de Toros The city's bullfighting arena. Mostly active in December during the "Feria de Cali" festival.
  • Culture Cali has many cultural offerings, like the Teatro Municipal Enrique Buenaventura, Centro Cultural Comfandi or the Teatro Jorge Isaacs.
  • Nice places: Lake Calima (one and a half hour drive from city) nice place to stay for about 30 dollars night also one of the best places for windsurf in South America. The town of Jamundi, about half hour south of the city also has nice weekend homes for rent and some decent mountain hikes for those up for some time in the country.

Caicedo Square

Olympic Stadium Pascual Guerrero

La Ermita Church

Cali Cathedral

San Antonio Church

University of Valle Hospital

Dog Park

Cali Zoo

University of Valle

Pacific Valley Events Center

El Paraiso Hacienda

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About Cali

Activities

  • Soccer Matches: In the Estadio Olimpico Pascual Guerrero is the Host place of the local teams of the city, Deportivo Cali [6] and America de Cali [7]. regularly each Sunday one of them plays a Match for the National Championship. Between the months of May–June and November–December they are in playoffs, so the matches are more exciting. It is recommended that tourists sit on the west side section, "Occidental", of the stadium. Under no circumstances should a tourist sit at the south side of the stadium as this is where the popular barras for both teams are located.
  • Mountain Biking: Excellent tracks there, get information at BTT de Colombia Bike store (yellow pages ask for Julio).
  • Wind or Kite surfing: The best place in South America, wind blows virtually 365 days a year find information at [8] or [9].
  • Salsa Dancing: Cali is one of the most famous or popular places for salsa in the world. You can find people dancing in the streets and every single night find a club open for salsa dancing. While salsa can be heard pretty much anywhere and at any time of the day, most popular clubs are to be found in the Menga district (North of Cali) and Juanchito (East).
  • Motolombia, Ave 6 bis, 26N, #57,  3963849. Motolombia is a motorcycle tour and rental business run by Danish motorcycle world traveler Mike Thomsen. Motolombia offers guided tours on ATV in the mountains surrounding Cali and Motorcycle tour all over Colombia. email: mike@motolombia.com - 396 38 49 / 668 99 86

Food

  • Cholados- a delicious mix of shaved ice and exotic fruit with raspberry and sweet condensed milk sauces and a wafer cookie. Often sold from vendors that have stands that display fruit and shaved ice, and best found in Jamundi, about a 15 min drive from the southern neighborhoods of Cali.
  • Pandebono - baked rings of cheese bread which is quite typical of Cali
  • Buñuelos - sweet fried doughnut balls
  • Sancocho de gallina - a very popular chicken soup, best found in a town called Ginebra, about one hour drive from Cali
  • Manjar blanco - a candy made from cooked sugar and milk, similar to dulce de leche (Milk candy)
  • Chontaduro or peach palm fruit - a local delicacy that is sold on the street, topped with salt or honey
  • Mango viche - green unripened mango, which is sold on the street and eaten with salt and lemon juice
  • Guarapo - a deliciously refreshing drink of freshly pressed sugar cane juice (usually the seller has a machine and extracts the juice right in front of you) served with ice and a squirt of lemon juice
  • Grosellas - small sour fruits which are sold on the street in bags and are eaten with salt
  • Arroz atollado - one of Valle del Cauca's most delicious dishes, almost like a risotto with chicken, sausages and potatoes
  • Empanadas - corn pastries filled with meat or chicken and eaten with hot sauce (aji)
  • Champus - very exotic mix of pineapple, "lulo" (see below), corn and a plant called "limoncillo"... just delicious!.
  • Jugo de lulo or lulo juice - the most delicious of all local fruit juices
  • Aborrajados - fried cheese-filled plantains
  • Dulce de Guayaba con queso - a delicious dollop of guava paste on top of a fresh slice of local 'cuajada' cheese
  • Marranitas is a delicious mix of plantain with "chicharrón" (pork`s skin fried)(The best ones are in "El champus de Lola" in San Antonio hill.

Restaurants

  • Cali Plaza Hotel Restaurant A favorite hang-out for International Tourists, FREE Wi-Fi. Calle 15 Norte No. 6N-37 - Granada Barrio - Zona Rosa - 57 2 668 2611 - mail@caliplaza.com "http://www.caliplaza.com"
  • El Solar (Trattoria Faró), calle 15 Norte # 9 N-62 (+572 653 4628). until 1 AM. A fun place with outdoor seating, many options in the menu. Live music on weekends. $$.
  • Pacífico (Seafood), Ave 9 N # 12-18 (Granada),  +572 653 3753. Noon-3 PM, 6-11 PM. Well made seafood, many recipes from the Colombian pacific. $$.
  • Tizones (Steaks & seafood), Ave 6 BN # 28 N - 57 (Corner across from Carvajal headquarters),  +57 2 653 0181. Great meat. $$$.
  • Ringlete (Regional food), Calle 15 A Norte # 9N-31 Granada (in the middle of a narrow street),  +57 2 660 1540. Well done and served local food. Many recipes with plantains. $$.
  • El Patio Verde (Local food), Cra 9 # 4-53 (San Antonio),  +57 2 893 6219. M-Sat 5,30-11 PM. Plantain is king in this restaurant. Closed Sundays. $$.
  • Faro El Patio, Calle 19 # 105-52 (Ciudad Jardin-South),  +57 2 333 1456. Until 1 AM. Large menu, outdoor area. Live tropical bands on Fridays and Saturdays. $$.

Deliveries

  • My Thai, Centro Commercial Centenario Local 317,  +57 2 659 9193 or 317 853 6321. until 20h30 for delivery. Sushi, thai curries (green, red, yellow) with chicken, beef, pork and calamari for COP$ 11,500, Salmon al vino (big fillet with stirfried veg and rice) COP$ 16,500 and various other stir fries etc. Delivery nearby COP$ 3,500. $-$$.
  • Sr. Wok, Unicentro, Jardin Plaza, Chipechape, Centenario Plaza,  +57 2 690 7500. Delivery until 9PM. Ready to eat oriental buffet. Choose combo with rice, noodles or chop suey as base and add two choices for COP$ 10,700 or three choices for COP$ 13,600. Choices include orange chicken, beef teriyaki, mushroom chicken, kung pao chicken, bourbon chicken etc. Delivery COP$ 2,000. Decent portions. $.

Drinks

Local Drinks

  • Guarapo - the juice of sugar cane which grows in the Cauca river valley.
  • Aguardiente - one of the favorite alcoholic beverage in Colombia, with each region has its preferred brand - the local brand is Aguardiente Blanco del Valle and is sweet and licorice-flavored.
  • Chicha - slightly-alcoholic beverage made of fermented pineapples.

Cali's nightlife is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. There are some good clubs and bars to go out.

Visit Avenida Sexta Cali's Broadway at day & night. Some bars and dance clubs popular with the working class are located there. Many banks branches are settled here. The avenue is crowded pretty much all day long. Be careful at night, could be unsafe.

Bars

  • Cali Plaza Hotel Restaurant & Bar A favorite hang-out for International Tourists, FREE Wi-Fi. Calle 15 Norte No. 6N-37 - Granada Barrio - Zona Rosa - 57 2 668 2611 - mail@caliplaza.com "http://www.caliplaza.com"
  • Alterno Bar is more like a crossover type of bar, its pretty good and you can meet a lot of people there.
  • Blues Brothers Bar +57 3 661 3412. Is a big and popular bar, live music on Thursdays. Avenida 6A Norte # 21-40 Barrio Santa Mónica. bluesbrothersbar@hotmail.com
  • Casa del Arte +57 3 665 2365. Is a lively bar and restaurant with a mixed age crowd, mostly gay costumers. Closed Mondays. Calle 44 #4-31 Norte Cali [19].
  • El Faro is the place to go if you like classic rock/heavy metal. Located in "El Limonar" A "Jirafa" (Lot of beer) is about USD3.
  • Eliptica is an outside bar settled on a hill at the outskirts of Cali. The views are beautiful and this is a good place for an after party. Open till six or till the police shuts it down.
  • Fanaticos Sport's Bar is the IN place @ Palmetto Plaza Shopping center, where college guys and young professionals meet to watch their favourite sports games. Great beer and good prices, open every day until 3AM.
  • Forum is a popular club for electronic music with an energetic atmosphere.
  • London Tavern is busy only on a Thursday night when there is a live salsa band playing.
  • Martyn´s Bar is a classic rock bar that has been around since the early ´80s.
  • Roosters is a brand new Rock Bar/Pub with own Micro Brewery, imported beer and drinks, live rock music and major sports games on big screen - European run. Ave 6 Bis, 26N, #21. Open Tuesday to Saturday until 18:00-02:00

Dance Clubs

  • Zaperoco is an excellent salsa club just off Avenida Sexta ( Av 5N # 16-46 || Tel: 661 2040). Salsa, rumba y son [20].
  • Chango is a popular salsa club in the famous Juanchito sector in the other side of the Cauca River. Best salsa party in town.
  • Kukaramakara is a great local club with excellent mix of Latin music and good looking locals. Get a bottle and a table and enjoy [21].
  • Lulu - Electrónica is a popular gay club for the young in the middle of Granada neighborhood, not far from Avenida 6ta. Calle 16 Norte # 8N-46 [22].
  • Lulu - Latino a fun disco with Latin dance music alternating with the 80's. Address: Antigua vía Yumbo just a few meters after -and across - discoteca Praga. Big and safe parking lot. [23]
  • Praga is a popular club which plays mix of all types of music called crossover. Located in the neighbor town of Yumbo not far from Cali.
  • Tin Tin Deo is a very comfortable and almost magic place where people can enjoy the classic salsa music and other Caribbean rhythms.
  • La Matraca (Tango bar and dance), Carrera 11 # 22-80 corner (Barrio Obrero),  +57 2 885 7113. 8 PM - 2 AM. $$.

Shopping

Shopping Centers

  • Chipichape. Mall : a big indoor/outdoor shopping center built on an abandoned train station and warehouse north of downtown. It provides nearly everything and especially the possibility to have a drink at various outdoor bars, and to see many calenas. Its the best place to meet other foreigners, immigrants and English speaking natives. Also a great place to buy local handicrafts and souvenirs at Tu Tierra Linda store, 2nd floor. The mall has movie theaters, two food courts, supermarket, a department store and much more. A hotel is now under construction. Chimichape also has free wireless internet in the open air where all the cafe bars are located.
  • Unicentro. Is the largest mall in town located 10 km south of downtown. It has over 200 stores, 30 restaurants and cafes, a Multiplex, Casino as well as office space, a supermarket and a department store. A new addition opened in October 2008 features the largest water fountain in town.
  • Palmetto Plaza [16] is popular with the young crowd with its many outdoor bars and cafes.
  • Cosmocentro has a large supermarket and a some stores.
  • Jardin Plaza is the newest mall in town with beautiful indoor gardens for a mostly outdoor experience. It has a nice Movie Theater Complex [17]. This mall is just across the street from the high tech hospital Fundacion Valle del Lili [18].

Other shopping

  • Parque Artesanal Loma de la Cruz: A place to buy inexpensive, sometimes cheap, artesanal figures and other stuff. Beware this park is outdoors and can be unsafe at night.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Cali on Wikivoyage.

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