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Cali's Cultural and Historical Walking Tour

1. Cali's Cultural and Historical Walking Tour

Walk through one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Colombia, the so-called “Sultana del Valle” or “La Sucursal del Cielo”. Famous for its Salsa rhythms and acrobatic shows, Cali hides an enormous, fighting and brilliant past beyond that enriches our lives nowadays. Throughout this cultural walk, you’ll relive our historical process that led us into civil wars, hard moments of discrimination and bright minds who recite Cali in poems and songs about its pretty mountains, our beautiful women and beloved city. It’s important to know the current people’s feeling and situation after the pandemic to understand the resistant culture we represent for the whole country. From its colonial houses until the Jairo Varela Museum, you will recognize and taste the great “caleños” race we are: afros, indigenous and europeans!

Cali: City Tour

2. Cali: City Tour

This grand tour of Cali allows you to visit the city in an efficient and fun way, going straight from one attraction to the next in a private vehicle without wasting in between. Your local caleño guides will show you the best attractions, where you can listen to the history of the city and take pictures. Visit Cristo Rey and Sebastian de Belalcazar, where you can see the incredible panoramic views that the city has to offer. You will also have the chance to try typical drinks, so you can feel like a true caleño.  Pass by El Gato del Rio and the only musical monument in Colombia. Walk through the Boulevard del Rio and explore the historical center, full of art, culture, and ancestral myths.

Cali: Walking tour of the historic center

3. Cali: Walking tour of the historic center

Discover the incredible historical town of Cali as a local guide takes you on a 3-hour walking tour to discover its main sights. The tour starts in the Jairo Varela plaza, a place full of salsa and culture. Continue to the historic center, winding through traditional city center along the way. Explore the city and learn about Cali's architecture, parks, theaters, churches, museums, cathedrals, and monuments. Your guide will enrich you with their knowledge of the city’s history. Along the way, you will be able to sample typical Caleño food and drinks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the Cali culture.

Alameda Market Cali Food Tour

4. Alameda Market Cali Food Tour

From Parque Alameda we'll walk towards Alameda Market crossing the neigborhood in order to try local home made food like Champús and Cucas done by “caleñas”. This is the best start so you understand how important our identity is through our gastronomy. Among afro preparations and european flavors, get a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. The market is home to hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to clothing, handicrafts, and household items. Taste traditional food from the pacific and toast with Viche, our amazing alcoholic beverage! This experience brings you closer to the flavors, colors, textures and regional gastronomic preparations, which are loaded with symbols and meanings, as they reveal social relations, popular imaginaries and the use of the environment.

Cali: Fruit Market Walking Tour with Tastings

5. Cali: Fruit Market Walking Tour with Tastings

Enjoy a guided walking tour from Miraflores neighborhood of Santiago de Cali. Travel like a local as your guide shows you the most important open markets in the city like the Galeria Alameda market. Be greeted by your guide at La Palmera Hostel and begin your tour. Hear about the unusual climate of the Cauca River Valley. Find out how this makes this area the most important place for fruit production and export in Colombia.  Walk through vibrant markets from La Palmera Hostel to Market square. View stalls filled with fresh and colorful fruit. Try a range of different fruits as you walk along and gain a deeper understanding of Valluna gastronomy. 

Cali: Paratrike Flight - Paragliding

6. Cali: Paratrike Flight - Paragliding

Paragliding gives you the opportunity to see the world from another perspective, whilst allowing you to feel what it's like to fly. The feeling of freedom is unique in the air, and the best thing about this activity is that you do not need to have any special skills to enjoy this extraordinary adventure. The Valle del Cauca is a privileged department for the practice of paragliding, since it has special climate conditions to host calm, safe, and pleasant flights. The closeness that Cali has with the main takeoff areas makes it a desired and favored activity in the region. After soaring through the air for up to 15 minutes, you will touch down safely on the ground. From there, you can peruse the photographs from your experience, before your tour comes to an end.

Cali: Hiking to the Pance waterfalls

7. Cali: Hiking to the Pance waterfalls

Discover the several rivers and waterfalls of the forests and ecological trails surrounding Cali on a guided hiking tour. Experience the rural hillsides of Cali with a wildlife expert that will show you the best that these mountains have to offer. During the tour, you will witness the natural richness of the Farallones, the west branch of the Andes Mountains. See the well-preserved diversity of nature where more than 80 species of birds can be seen. Open your lungs to the clean and fresh air, plunge into crystal clear waters, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley and mountains. During your hike, you will be able to cool off in natural waterfalls and rivers.

Cali: Cali River Waterfall and GREAT river pools

8. Cali: Cali River Waterfall and GREAT river pools

The BEST RIVER SPOTS on the MOST IMPORTANT river in the city: CALI RIVER and CALI WATERFALL This is seriously and exeptional place. (multiple pools and a WATERFALL!!) The duration of the tour is about 3h. First, we walk past the Cali Zoo and Cali Botanical garden, were you can stay at the end of the tour if you wish. Then we walk around 1.5 km from the botanical garden to the most beautiful riverspots that you can choose from in Cali (Charco el recodo, Charco azul and Cali Waterfall) (Total walk from the Zoo is 3.3 km) The walk is beautiful, flat, easy and very relaxing, alongside the Cali river, until we get to the spots were we can go in the water, sunbathe, chill or even cook. (walk is around 1.5 km or 1 mile to the waterfall but theres plenty beautiful spots along the way) The waterfall is probably one of the nicest we have in Cali, especially so close to the city, and im sure you are gonna LOVE IT, just as us caleños love it so so much. This is the most important river in Cali, but we are gonna experience it before it ever comes into the city. bautiful, delicious fresh water and hot sun, who needs the beach when you got fresh water? Just message me if youre intersted and we can set up the meeting point and Id be happy to help you get there! :D Thank you for reading my add, hope you have an awesome trip!

Cali: Discover Cali City Highlights and Local Drink

9. Cali: Discover Cali City Highlights and Local Drink

Get an introduction to Cali on a guided tour and discover its key sights, such as Iglesia La Merced, Plazoleta Jairo Varela, and El Gato del Río. Learn about Cali's history, culture, and dance from your guide, sample a local traditional drink, and take in beautiful city views from the Cristo Rey hill. Meet your guide at Parque del Peñon, where you will learn about this neighborhood and visit the Cali River and El Gato del Rio, a sculpture by colombian artist Hernando Tejada. Next, head in a vehicule to Cerro Cristales to have a panoramic view of the city. Then, you will drive by San Antonio neighborhood and visit one of the oldest printing machines in Cali. From here you'll start a walking tour to historical area of Cali beginning at Iglesia La Merced, Centro Cultural de Cali, Plaza de Caicedo, Boulvard del Rio, Iglesia La Ermita and Plazoleta Jairo Varela.

From Cali: Whale Watching Day Trip in Buenaventura

10. From Cali: Whale Watching Day Trip in Buenaventura

On this trip you will get to see and enjoy the Beauty of whales while they are in their mating season. You will also get to experience the delicious cuisine of the pacific coast after whale watching when we have lunch. We will also get to learn about the traditional drink of the pacific called Viche at the live museum of Viche. Meeting point pickup at 4:30 Am be ready with swim suit and beachwear 6:00 am Breakfast on the way 9:00 am Transport on shared boat ride from Buenaventura to Juanchaco 10:30 am Whale watching on a boat with a panoramic view and birdwatching on Isla palma with the possibility of swimming on Isla Palma depending on the tide 12:30 lunch in Juanchaco with time off to enjoy the beach and the waves and a hike 4:00pm return to Buenaventura 5:30pm return to Cali from Buenaventura 8:00pm Arrival at Cali NOTE some activities might change depending on the tide and weather in the area

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based on 63 reviews

Thanks very much and I can only highly recommend this tour. Mateo organised a very interesting trip to places I wouldn´t have discovered on my own. He showed me a really lovely area to relax and swim in Cali. The contact was very comfortable and pro-active and even a spontanous change of the pick-up point was not a problem. It was nice to see his passion for the nature and how he transfers it to me. The amount of time we spend at the different spots was well managed and all time flexible. Thanks again :)

This river tour is one of my highlights of my trip to Cali. A short drive -30 minutes abouts- from downtown Cali, then you start a hike along a river and soon you find pristine swimming water holes and on top of that, an amazing waterfall at the returning point of the hike. Mateo, our tour guide, was so friendly I thought I knew him for years! He is really a nice guy.

It was a great tour. We visited a panaderia and tried typical things. After that we went to the Alameda market and were could try some fruits and drinks. Although we had to pay them by ourself it was not expensive at all. We were able to decide what we wanted to try and got to share it within the group.

This was a very cool trip to the most beautiful waterfall. Our tour guide Mateo was friendly and had knowledge about the area. Water shoes are a must for this trip as you will get wet. Sunscreen is important and of course water to stay hydrated! Call Mateo for any additional information!

Our guide Fernando took much time and explained a lot to the city and the history. It was in a really interesting way so that he kept our attention all time. Thanks again :)