Welcome to Cali & Southwest Colombia

Security has improved markedly and destinations that were once off-limits are being put back on the map by adventurous trailblazers. Here you will find the best archaeological sites in the country and some of its finest colonial architecture. It's a region of immense biodiversity where you can pass through desert, jungle and páramo (high-mountain plain) ecosystems in just one day. Nature lovers will find active volcanoes, thermal springs and spectacular mountain ranges all easily accessible from thriving metropolitan centers famed for their vibrant culture.

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$35 Tours & Sightseeing

Cali City Private 4-Hour Sightseeing Tour with Plaza Caicedo

After hotel pickup, your private guide takes you to Plaza Caicedo, the commercial and civic center of Cali, where tall spindly palm trees lend the green square a tropical flair. Among the mix of historical and modern buildings, admire the French Neoclassical National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then travel to the neighborhood of San Antonio and listen to stories of Cali’s origins from the hilltop next to a river. Visit the nearby church, built in 1747 and home to Quito-style painted woodcarvings of saints from the 17th century. Capture wonderful city views from the park surrounding the church, and take a few moments to browse through artisan stalls or listen to musicians who might be livening up the area. Back in the vehicle, head to Merced Church, the city’s oldest church dating back to 1545, a charming and simple example of whitewashed Spanish colonial architecture.Take a break from sightseeing and tuck into a traditional Colombia delicacy or beverage (own expense) beside the fountains in Parque Panamericano. Your guide can describe each option and help you make a selection (see samples below).Refreshed, continue on to the park of El Gato del Rio, and smile at the 3-ton bronze sculpture of a cat, with 15 smaller feline statues scattered throughout the park, all painted by different Colombian artists.Finish your tour with a visit to the viewpoint of Sebastian de Belalcázar, in the hills overlooking the city, and while regarding the monument of the same name, learn about the Spanish conquistador who founded the city in 1536.With a great base knowledge of Cali, enjoy private transport back to your hotel.Sample Snacks and Beverages (subject to change): • Aborrajado (deep-fried plantains stuffed with cheese) • Marranitas (fried green plantains filled with chopped pork) • Lulada (drink made with mashed lulo fruit, lime juice, water, sugar and ice cubes) • Cholado raspado (drink with shaved ice, fruit, ice cream and condensed milk)

$123 Day Trips & Excursions

Cali to San Cipriano Day Trip with Tubing, Admission and Lunch

Crystal clear rivers and emerald green. An adventure in the jungle Colombian Pacific . Ride " Brujitas " timber trucks traveling on the railroad tracks. Make tubing in the river and have a unique experience!We will leave at 6:30 am and cross the beautiful mountains of the western Andes, with it´s fantastic landscape.We'll arrive to Cordoba at 9:00am and take the "brujita" to San Cipriano where the adventure begins. You can feel the relaxed vibe of the Afro Colombian village, visit the waterfalls and go tubing down the gorgeous river. We will have lunch and comeback to Cali.

$113 Outdoor Activities

Private Hike of the Reserva Natural Nirvana from Cali

The Nirvana Reserve lies by the foothills of the central Colombian Andes. Full of native forests, amazing plants and biodiversity in birds, the reserve is ideal for breathing fresh air and easing your mind from the bustle of the city. Your guide will pick you up from your Cali accommodations at approximately 8:00am for a 9:20am arrival at the reserve. You will then start the tour by partaking in a challenging trek to the top of the mountain and the Mirador, where you will enjoy the spectacular view of the valley . Once you have reached the top, you will break for a moment, then return back to the base of the mountain. After that, you will have time to enjoy a spectacular lunch a la carte then begin your return to Cali. This private tour is perfect for the whole family or even a group of friends.*Difficulty level: Challenging

$120 Outdoor Activities

Cali Cloud Forest Private Bird Watching Full-Day Tour

Your morning starts early with a 5:30am pick up from your hotel. About an hour later you'll arrive at the birding trail. Close to the Km 18 of the Buenaventura road, a well-known spot for bird-watching, you may find tanagers, roadside hawks, the Andean mot mot, tucanets, and many more species. You will do some birding in the road and then move on to the Finca Alejandría (a finca is a rural estate), one of the most important birding hot-spots in the Cauca Valley. The Finca Alejandría is one of the best places in South America for hummingbird sighting. You will have breakfast and lunch at the finca, then at 1pm you'll head out to the Cock of the Rock farm, the place where you'll view this spectacular bird.Your day ends in the afternoon with a drop off at your hotel around 4:30pm.

$6.50 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Admission to Andoke Butterfly Center in Cali with Guide

Visit: Andoke, Cali, Valle del Cauca DepartmentAndoke Foundation is a peri-urban project created for environmental education and experimentation purposes. Located just 20 minutes from the center of Cali city, in its first mountains to the west, Andoke represents an unusual, attractive and educational experience for all visitors.People in Andoke ensure that your steps have a minimal impact where you travel, by knowing your environment. They care about orientating all those interested in learning in this way, seeking consistency between environmental discourse and people actions.The Foundation developed a Program of Education and Environmental Living for the Preservation and Coexistence in Harmony with Natural Resources, through the creation of a space in which visitors can learn about the conservation of the ecosystem. The center has a wooded garden, integrated with a 300 square meters space covered by multi-shade mesh, which houses more than 15 native species of butterflies with all their host plants and other environmental needs. There's is also a big map that represents Colombia and where you can see all the geographical regions, its hydrography, major cities, fauna, and flora.In the rural area of Cali, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape, feel the wind that comes down from the mountains and listen to the birds singing. Andoke has guided tours to the center (according to the schedule), delicious food from Valle del Cauca, beautiful details to take home as well as volunteering options for you!Make your reservation and prepare your camera to take unforgettable photos!

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cali to Hacienda el Paraiso and Buga Town Private Day Tour

After hotel pickup in Cali, travel with your private guide for about an hour to Hacienda el Paraíso. During your drive through the Valle del Cauca district, pass sugar plantations and fields of corn, passion fruit and grapes, and learn about Manuelita and Providencia, two of the country’s largest agribusiness corporations. Arrive at Hacienda el Paraíso, located in the foothills of the western Andes, where writer Jorge Isaacs lived and set his Romantic period novel María. Take a guided tour of this 1828 manor that has been turned into a museum. Cheery rose blooms welcome you to the large estate home; inside, discover rooms preserved as described in the novel, which provide a great glimpse into how Colombia's elite lived in the 19th century. Stroll along the balconies for vistas of lush green saman trees, sugar crops and canals surrounding the manor.After el Paraíso, your guide takes you to a local restaurant, where you'll enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch featuring regional cuisine.Spend the afternoon in the town of Buga, a popular pilgrimage site. Tour its center with your guide, and then take a coffee or tea break (own expense) at the impressive colonial-style Hotel Guadalajara. Refreshed, walk over to the blush-colored Basilica del Señor de los Milagros (the Lord of Miracles) opened in 1907, and set eyes upon the Christ statue inside. Enjoy free time in the cathedral museum and shop, before visiting San Francisco Church a block away and the Cathedral of San Pedro in nearby Parque Cabal. Your unique tour of Valle del Cauca complete, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Cali by private vehicle.Sample Lunch Menu (subject to change):First course • Sancocho de gallina (chicken-vegetable soup with plantains and manioc root or cassava)Main course • Roasted chicken, plantain toast, rice and avocado, with saladDrinks • Lemonade, water