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How to Spend 1 Day in Cali

How to Spend 1 Day in Cali

With a culture rooted in salsa dancing, Cali is characterized by a vibrant and cheerful atmosphere. With some advance planning, you can see the sights and learn this sensual dance in the salsa capital of the world. Here’s how to make the most of just one day in the southern Colombian city of Cali.  

Morning: City Sightseeing

Devote your morning to checking off Cali’s major sights, which include the National Palace, Plaza Caicedo, and the San Antonio Church and Museum. Though the historic center lends itself well to walking tours, a panoramic tour by bus lets you cover more sights in less time, making it ideal for travelers with time constraints. For a more personalized experience, opt for a private city and shopping tour that gives you time to shop for clothes and souvenirs at your own pace at places such as Loma de la Cruz Artisan Park. 

Afternoon: Salsa, Salsa, Salsa

No visit to the world’s salsa dancing capital would be complete without taking part in a dance class. Regardless of your experience or ability, classes provide a fun way to experience an important part of Colombian culture. Choose between a shared or private class—during which you’ll receive the undivided attention of your instructor—or opt to combine your class with a traditional Colombian meal and a seat at a salsa performance.   

Evening: Cali by Night

After the sun sets, Cali really comes into its own; the strains of salsa music drift across the city, and locals fill bustling bars to practice their moves. The safest way to get your bearings in the city after dark is during a nighttime tour, which typically cover the bohemian neighborhood of San Antonio, the gastronomic district of Granada, and the nightlife hub of Sixth Avenue. Some tours take you to the hilltop Sebastián de Belalcázar overlook, and you can top off your visit with sweeping views of the city by night.  

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Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Cali City

Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Cali City

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Cali is full of tourist attractions and hidden gems to discover; museums, parks, squares, churches and monuments... But visiting it by public transport and without a local guide is very oppressive! Why waste time and money with complicated maps, when there is a perfect solution? You will get to know Cali through the eyes of a local expert, visiting the main cultural, touristic and historical attractions in the city center, having the opportunity to taste typical fruits and drinks, living the true Cali culture. We will start at our office in the San Antonio neighborhood, walking for about 15 minutes towards the historic center. After an introduction to the city at the Jairo Varela plaza we will begin our walk through the historic center, getting to know its old architecture, parks, theaters, churches, museums, cathedrals and monuments dedicated to important people in our history. Experience the best of Cali safely and discover yourself.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Cali City Tour

Cali City Tour

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Taking a guided tour of Cali lets you visit the city’s top attractions in just a day. It’s a great overview of the city or first-time visitors—had to the Cristo Rey monument, Ermite Church, and other Cali highlights in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping to snap photos and walk around key points. This tour also includes a food tasting, adding delicious dimension to your Cali experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Show de Salsa Ticket

Skip the Line: Show de Salsa Ticket

Watch professional salsa dancers boogie the night away with this dance performance in Cali. Get a sense of traditional Latin styles of dance including salsa, bachata, and merengue as performers put on an incredible show. Your ticket also includes a glass of wine and a tasting of traditional pork cutlets to enjoy between acts.
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  • 3 hours
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