Welcome to Cali

It is not an easy place to get to know – tourism doesn't seem to be high on anyone's agenda here – but if you make the effort you will find great nightlife, good restaurants and plenty to do, especially in the evening, when a cool mountain breeze dissipates the heat of the day.

Cali is rich in Afro-Colombian heritage; nowhere is the nation's racial diversity and harmony more apparent. From the impoverished barrios to the slick big clubs, everyone is moving to one beat, and that beat is salsa. Music here is more than entertainment: it is a unifying factor that ties the city together.

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$62.70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pablo Escobar Historical Tour of Medellín

In 1975 and with a personal net worth of more than $25 billion, Pablo Escobar was the 7th-richest man in the world. His successful drug operation had allowed him to own luxurious residences, expensive cars and even airplanes. Although Escobar was held on charges such as murder, bombing, drug smuggling and money laundering, he was depicted at home in Colombia as a Robin Hood-type hero. He spent millions of dollars building schools, hospitals and churches in Western Colombia, giving back to the poorer communities in Medellín. On this guided sightseeing tour, learn about his life at three historical sites. First, visit the Monaco Building, which was bombed by the rival Cali cartel in an assassination attempt on Pablo Escobar's family. Then, head over to the house where, on December 2nd, 1993, he was shot and killed by Colombian special forces. Finally, make your way to your third stop – Pablo Escobar's grave, located just on the outskirts of Medellín.

$58 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pablo Escobar and La Comuna 13 Sightseeing Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel or hostel at either 9am. If you want the tour at different time, please let us knowYou will head towards the southern part of the city, and first visit one of the buildings that witnessed the violence during the war between the drug cartels of Cali and Medellín: Edificio Mónaco, which was the former residence of the main mafia boss of the Medellín Cartel, Pablo Escobar.It is preserved as a solid proof of the horror of an era. The building cannot be visited right now as it is being renovated to house the Head Quarters of the Metropolitan Police. What formerly was the fortress of the most dangerous criminal will now be dedicated to the work of justice.You will then carry on your tour with a visit to the cemetery with the tomb of this sinister character. Here we can find out more about him and his end, and the history of how the city began its transformation.Afterwards, you will go back to the city center to have a look at the Square Parque de San Antonio which will help you understand why Medellín is now quite a different city. Here you can admire some of the most famous sculptures by Fernando Botero, donated by him to the city as a contribution to its new beginning.Next, you will head west to pay a visit to the Comuna 13, a district historically famous for being considered one of the most dangerous places not only in Colombia. A good part of it was built by the late mafia boss and it is the place that produced some of his most famous killers and hired assassins who spread terror across the whole country. Luckily, it is now a completely transformed neighborhood. Nowadays this part of the city has changed direction and has become an example of the new social transformation. The construction of an original public transportation system with cable cars and escalators called Metro Cable, and meeting centers with libraries, called Parques Biblioteca, were the starting signal for the amazing transformation. This commune was built on a steep slope of the mountains that surrounds the city. You will take the cable car up the mountain to view the district from the air. From there, you can get a glimpse of the initiative of the Government titled 'Techos Una Historia': roofs and houses painted with huge graffiti.

$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

$5 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Admission to Andoke Butterfly Center in Cali with Guide

Andoke 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!