Official language: Spanish
Time zone: UTC -5
Currency: Colombian peso (COP)
The full name of the city – Santiago de Cali – is a homage to saint James, whose name in Spanish means Santiago el Mayor. His memory is celebrated on 25th July, the day when city was founded.
While ordering taxi, choose the one that is associated in official organization, you will be sure that your order will be registered. Also make sure that taxi driver started a meter.
Your visit in Cali can’t be completed without a trip to Juanchito Salsa. Over there you will find the most popular places to learn salsa, and also many bars and clubs with other types of music.
Cali – or actually Santiago de Cali – is a capital of the Colombian department Valle del Cauca, and also the most populated city in the south-west part of the country and the fastest developing centre in field of economy in this region. On the western side of the city there are mountains - Farallones de Cali, whereas on its eastern side flows the river Cauca. Temperature for most part of year is around 25 – 30 Celsius degrees.
The closest airport is located less than 20 kilometres from the city. Airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragón handles international flights and is the third airport in the country when it comes to number of served passengers. From Cali you will get there easily via highway, that has been modernized in recent years to facilitate access to the city. You can take bus or taxi.
Among places you have to visit in Cali, the church Iglesia la Ermita definitely has to be named. That beautiful sanctuary located by park Los Poetas, makes the more impression, as it is situated in the surrounding of simple, modern buildings. Make sure to see it in person, it looks like taken out of a fairy tale.
Hungry? The city offers vast choice of local titbits. Try, for instance, pandebono – Colombian cheese bread or buñuelos – small donuts, most frequently filled with white cheese. If you are thirsty, look for guarapo – refreshing drink, which main ingredient is sugar cane juice with addition of lemon juice and ice. Popular snacks are blackcurrant, sold in papers, often bepowdered with salt.
If you are interested which restaurants are recommended by tourists – we are glad to answer. One of the most popular places is Platillos Voladores at Av. 3 Norte 7-19, where you can try Colombian cuisine. Other worth recommendation restaurant is Lenos & Carbon in Centro Comercial Chipichape, that offers south American cuisine, dishes from barbecue or steaks.