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When you land in Cali, you’ll hear the congas, clave and trumpets. Salsa music will crawl into your ear and colonize your soul. In the capital of El Valle del Cauca, you’ll find the friendliest people, the tastiest food and the most captivating rhythms. In the World Salsa Capital, you can fall in love while touring such beautiful spaces as San Fernando and Granada; make a quick getaway and reconnect with nature on the Pance River, or dance "til you drop when the world famous Cali Fair comes to town. It won’t take long to see why they call Cali La Sucursal del Cielo.

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Land of sun

Pack the coolest clothes you’ve got, because in Cali the climate is hot most of the year. The sun will be your constant companion on your adventures in La Sucursal del Cielo.

Atardecer visto desde un campo de caña de azúcar

Listen, watch, see, enjoy

If you go in December, you’d better bring a lot of energy, because you’re going to be able to enjoy salsa-filled parties at the Cali Festival, one of the best of its kind.

Look for the cats

There is a very interesting tour you should take: it’s a visit to the Gato del Río and the Las Novias del Gato, a series of sculptures by the country’s best artists.

Cat park in Cali

Pacific Pride

In the Sultana del Valle, the most important Pacific music festival takes place. Get ready to dance, and sample the best afro-caribbean music and cooking.

What to do in Cali?

Visit San Antonio

Tour the city’s historic district. This beautiful part of Cali will make you fall in love with its colonial streets and the secrets they keep. In the Church of San Francisco, which crowns the hill on which the neighborhood rises, locals tend to meet to enjoy a champús, a cholao or to take in an outdoor street theater or folklore performance. Also in this area, you’ll find a wide selection of bars and restaurants where you can start the night before heading out to party.

 Panoramic view of Cali from the sky

Enjoy the salsa route

Anyone who says they want to go to Cali and don’t want a night of salsa dancing is lying. Your dance tour should start at la Sexta, one of the city’s most traditional avenues where you will find very traditional salsa bars and clubs. But if what you want is to visit the Mecca of salsa, the promised land of the “chénchere”, then your destination is Juanchito. Here, besides mixing with locals to pick up the unique step that characterizes Caleño salsa dancing, you can see unique dance shows that will make you say: “Look, wow, how beautiful!”

 Salsa at the Cali fair

Climb Cristo Rey 

This is one of Cali’s icons. From the height of this statue, which recalls the famous “Christ the Redeemer” of Rio de Janeiro, you can look over the city from the Cerro Los Cristales. Climbing this hill is a typical local outing, whether for exercise or just as a family walk to reach the summit and enjoy a fantastic view of the Sultana del Valle. This viewpoint is open from 7:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the evening. Best bet is to climb it early, when it’s calmer and the sun still isn’t at its height.

Dive into the Pance River

Only 20 minutes from Cali is this marvelous river, which is usually visited by locals on weekends as a family recreational site. A dive in the Pance will make you feel a little closer to the valley, and after a walk in the woods surrounding the river, it’s very possible that some family will invite you to join their lunch trip called Paseo de olla with them, and you’ll officially become a local.

 Walking on trails in the mountains of Cali

What to eat in Cali?

A dish

Pandebono

This dough is a snack of the gods, and the people of El Valle del Cauca are responsible for its creation, perfection, and distribution. Ideal for breakfast or as a snack, this recipe is a soft bread made of corn flour, yucca flour and cheese, but don’t trust the simplicity of the description; when the taste of the moist dough floods your mouth, you’ll go straight to heaven, and you’ll want to eat pandebono until the end of your days. Fortunately for you (and for everyone), in Cali, good pandebono can be found on any corner.

A place

Granada

In this exclusive area, located alongside the Ortiz bridge, you’ll find not only restaurants, but the best restaurants in the city: From family restaurants to world-renowned gourmet eateries, here you can enjoy cuisine of the highest quality, and the best thing is that many of them bet on the local cuisine, so there will be plenty of aborrajados, atollado, sancocho and other wonderful delicacies to make anyone who tastes them fall in love.

A cook

Vicky Acosta

This chef has not only been recognized on several occasions as the best chef in Cali, anyone who comes to try her cooking in Platillos Voladores will confirm it. Vicky is one of the people who has worked hardest to build up the gastro scene in the Sultana del Valle, and with effort has made great advances. Her culinary offering delves into the flavors of the Valley, but gives them an interpretation based on her experience as a chef and a more global view of cuisine. When you try her cooking, you will want to return a thousand and one times.

A recipe

Aborrajados

The sweetness of this delicacy, far from saturating, charms. This dish, a Valle del Cauca and Cali icon, will enchant you, and you'll want to repeat it when you leave, so you can easily prepare it like this:

    Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe plantains
  • Vegetable oil
  • 8 thick slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • Salt

    Directions:

  1. Peel the plantains and cut them into 8 pieces, all of the same size.
  2. eat the oil and fry each plantain for 3 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, sugar and salt. Add the egg little by little, and the milk, until forming a smooth dough. Cover with plastic and set aside.
  4. Flatten the plantain and put a slice of cheese on each plantain. Cover with another piece of flattened plantain, forming a kind of sandwich.
  5. Dip in the dough and fry again for 1 minute or until golden brown.
  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

An event

Festival Petronio Álvarez

Although the Petronio is a festival that was originally conceived to promote Pacific music, nowadays it’s also one of the most important gastronomic events in Colombia, if you want to have a real and honest approach to all the flavors of the Afro cuisine of the country’s west and southwest. Get ready for a blast of flavors that will enchant you, in a space where more than 70 traditional cooks of the region converge.

Sugar cane in Cali

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Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport

Language

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Currency

Colombian peso

Average temperature

75.2ºF