Cali travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cali

Famous for its salsa dancing clubs, Cali is one of Colombia's great nightlife centers. It's more than that though, with fine churches, gorgeous artworks, and mouthwatering restaurants to explore during the day.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Cali

1. Salsa

Salsa beats accompany you almost everywhere you go in Cali. Take classes or dive into the bars of Juanchito, and dance until dawn to the most infectious rhythm around.

2. Superb Restaurants

Before you dance, dine in style at La Cocina, Roset, Platillos Voladores, or El Bochinche - home to some of the best pork dishes you'll ever taste.

3. Beautiful Churches

Cali is a 500-year-old colonial city, and the Spanish left some stunning churches, including the neoclassical San Pedro Cathedral and La Ermita, an intricate gothic creation in the downtown area.

4. Lively Festivals

Cali is a party city, but it really comes alive during the fabulous Feria de Cali in late December, making the city a great New Year's destination.

5. Fantastic Excursion Destinations

The waterfalls of Pance and the famous pilgrimage site at Buga are both nearby, and Lake Calima is an excellent spot to try windsurfing or sailing.

Where to Eat in Cali

Superb restaurants in Cali are easy to come by. Some favorites include Platillos Voladores, with its outdoor gardens; Mister Wings, which is a great place for chicken fans; and the seafood specialists Cali Viejo. Meals should come to around COL$40,000 per head.

When to visit Cali

Cali in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 29
1 night at 3-star hotel
Cali in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 29
1 night at 3-star hotel

Try to avoid the rainy season in September and October. Instead, high season tends to stretch from November through March. If you plan to enjoy some whale watching on the Pacific Coast, July could also be a good (and dry) time to go.

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How to Get to Cali

Plane

Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport (CLO) is around 10 miles north of Cali. From there take a bus to the main bus station in downtown Cali (around COL$3,000, 30 minutes). Expect a taxi to cost about COL$30,000.

Car

From Bogota, take highway 40 through the mountains to Cali. If you are coming from Medellin, take highway 25, then highway 23 at Cartago.

Bus

Buses run into Cali's Terminal de Transportes from all over Colombia. Expect to pay about COL$60,000 for the ticket from Bogota with Expreso Bolivariano.

Airlines serving Cali

United Airlines
Good (2,301 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (1,038 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,757 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (2,538 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (925 reviews)
Iberia
Good (524 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (448 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (327 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (2,274 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,100 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (556 reviews)
Avianca
Good (633 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (767 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (393 reviews)
GOL
Good (156 reviews)
Wingo
Good (40 reviews)
JetSMART
Okay (10 reviews)
EF
Excellent (2 reviews)
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Where to stay in Cali

Excellent upscale accommodation options include the Hotel Spiwak, the Four Points Sheraton, and the Cali Marriott Hotel - all downtown options with great amenities.

Popular neighbourhoods in Cali

Centro - the heart of the city is where you'll discover the cathedral, beautiful churches like La Ermita, and great shopping opportunities around Plaza Caicedo.

Juanchito - located to the east of the city center, Juanchito is Cali's salsa district. It's packed with great bars like Zaperoco and La Topa Tolondra.

Ciudad Jardin - Cali's most upmarket neighborhood, Ciudad Jardin is full of green space and excellent restaurants like Mister Wings and Cuuc.

Where to stay in popular areas of Cali

Most booked hotels in Cali

ibis Cali Granada
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 40+
NH Cali Royal
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 61+
Torre de Cali Plaza Hotel
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 48+
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How to Get Around Cali

Public Transportation

MIO run bus services across Cali. Single tickets cost COL$1,800 and you need to purchase a rechargeable MIO card before traveling.

Taxi

Taxi fares start with a basic price of COL$4,200, followed by around COL$1,700 per mile.

Car

You can rent a car from companies like Atlantis Renta Car, Elite, and Budget. Rates start at around COL$60,000 per day.

The Cost of Living in Cali

Shopping Streets

Plaza Caicedo is the main shopping area in the center of town, but much of Cali's commercial life revolves around malls like Centro Comercial Chipichape or Unicentro, which are a little out of town.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Cali include La Gran Colombia and Makro, and prices should be low. Expect a gallon of milk to cost about COL$10,000.

Cheap meal
C$ 3.87
A pair of jeans
C$ 68.48
Single public transport ticket
C$ 0.78
Cappuccino
C$ 1.90