Located just a few hours from the Pacific Ocean and an amazing whale watching experience is Cali – The Salsa Capital of South America if not the world. With a large statue of Christ the King looking at down onto the city, churches and historic buildings, beautiful rivers, lakes, and parks, Cali has something for everyone.
All the people who hear of Cali, associate it with Salsa; in every street corner, this genre is lived and felt with a unique dance style unique to Colombia. If you feel the need to dance all night and into the next day, then the best area to do it is Juanchito in the east of the city. But in reality, in every neighborhood, you can find salsa schools for beginners and experts, with teachers with international experience.
In addition to music, religion also has an important place here, with zones such as the Plaza de Cayzedo in the center of the city where you’ll find the Cathedral of San Pedro Apostol, along with the Palace of Justice. But, perhaps, the most representative religious monument of Cali is the 26m tall Cristo Rey, which stands on top of a mountain with the best view of the city. Another place that has a great view is the San Antonio neighborhood where there is a beautiful church with the same name. If you want to visit this 170-year-old church and stroll through the neighborhood, the best time is before sunset, when the horizon is magical, the restaurants are opening and the artisans are selling their products.
But if what interests you is nature, there are also places like the Rio Pance for a swim and relaxing walk through the forest; Calima Lake was man-made to provide hydroelectric power and is often used kite surfing, kayaking, and other extreme sports. Apart from these places, the Cali Zoo has animals from around the world with expert caregivers and bilingual guides.
Finally, Cali is a spectacular place for all who wish to visit. With music and salsa in each neighborhood; rivers, lakes and parks to rest, historic areas with amazing architectures, and the great benefit of being just two hours from the Pacific Ocean, where the whales migrate past every year. Cali is simply beautiful.
Other places not to miss in Cali:
- El Gato del Tejada Park – Vista El Gato Del Rio, a huge bronze statue of 3 tons surrounded by many more statues of cats.