Cali: Capital of Valle, Salsa, spice and development

Meet Santiago de Cali, capital city of Valle, synonymous with celebration and it’s the world center of Salsa music. The city revels with her contrasts: A mixture of river, mountain and valley, city and countryside, making Cali one of the most important poles of economic and cultural development of Colombia. Cali has a wide range of museums, monuments, and music and dance festivals. All worship artistic expressions and Department folklore, making it an excellent cultural destination. People born in Cali dancing and ensures that visitors come to the true experience of Salsa.

It is also possible to leave framework of the city and enjoy the natural richness of the region’s rivers that nourish their path. On weekends residents enjoy with their family the environment usually going for a swim in the river and eating outdoors.

Cultural events to suit all tastes

During the day, Cali offers museums, monuments, parks and places to visit, and different entertainment opportunities at festivals and fairs that take place during the year to honor cultural heritage to their people. This fact opens a window into the past letting go out the African, native and Spanish descent from residents.

All this historical and cultural richness produces the most exquisite and variety of dining options that fills the air with smells and flavors, condensed in dishes such as: atollado rice, tamales Vallunos, the marranitas, aborrajado, pandebono, caramel and lulada among others.

 At night and for those who are left fascinated by the magic of salsa, dancehalls and professional dance performances are part of the entertainment of Cali. You have to see the locals dance to understand why they are world champions, when they are moving their feet to the beat of music.

Commercial and industrial development

The nearness of Santiago de Cali to Buenaventura seaport and industrial center on Yumbo made Cali one of the main places for business and commerce in southwestern Colombia. The city also stands for the development of service sector in areas such as publishing, logistics, and medical. Also, there is a high development of the industry and agribusiness.

Great part of the economic prosperity of the capital of Valle is due to the diversity of products that can be drawn from the fertile soil of the department. The landscape and offer cultural and sports activities have also helped to make tourism an important part of its economy.

General Information

Cali is located in the southwestern department of Valle del Cauca, 1,070 meters above sea level, between the Central and Western Andes mountain ranges. Bounded on the north by the industrial hub of Yumbo, with Jamundi on south, east with the municipalities Palmira, Candelaria, and the Cauca River and finally to the west with the Farallones.

It is a city of spring weather; the temperature is 25 ° C average. The dry season begins in March and lasts until July and the rainy season from April to June. This warm weather prevails most of the year because the Western Mountain Range prevents moist air over the Pacific Ocean.

How do I get to Cali?

  • Airway: Cali is available to travelers the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport, also known as Palmaseca, which stands as the second highest passenger traffic in Colombia. This is located in the town of Palmira, 30 minutes from the capital. Two other airports are available for travelers, the Santa Ana in Cartago and the Buenaventura one.
  • By road: Branch of Heaven can be accessed through its excellent road network infrastructure, recognized as the best in the country. From Ecuador, you can take the Panamerican highway which also serves to communicate the city with the interior of the country. From Bogota, crossing the departments of Cundinamarca, Tolima and Quindio up to the Valle del Cauca.

Nature and estates nearby

One of the major plans on weekends is visit Cali nearby rivers and in the shore have lunch with family and friends. For this, we provide Pance rivers in the south of the city, in northern Dapa or Felidia, 45 minutes from Cali, via the Pacific.

You can change the weather and get a temperature decrease, a clever idea is to go to Kilometer 18 and have Aguapanela (hot drink obtained from sugar cane) or a chocolate with cheese. You can also enjoy the partying attitude or take a short meal tour and visit gourmet restaurants located in the area.

Continuing with the cold weather in northern Cali, Dapa is also a desired destination for tourists for its pubs and restaurants, and even you can practice zipline or canopy (fly on a slope or hill with harnesses and pulleys).

For the adventurous spirits, one option is climbing the hills of the Three Crosses and Christ the King or a day of eco-tourism in the Natural Reserve of Anahuac, located nearby in Pance. In the south is the Ecopark the Herons, which earned its name by these birds that land on a tree that lies on an mini island in a lake.

Another excellent choice for entertainment around Cali is go out by road to Jamundi and visit the “Hacienda La Gloria”, which shows the process of milk production and you can sample their products. Children can enjoy a pony ride or contact with farm activities and play to feed cows.

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