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Valle de Cauca, Andean South

Cali

Put on your dancing shoes & learn the best salsa steps in the salsotecas; try manjar blanco (a local sweet made with milk, sugar & rice) or avena (an oatmeal-based drink) with pandebono (a hot salty bread made with cheese & yuca). Go kitesurfing in Lago Calima, watch some movies @Caliwood or enjoy the RUMBA. "Cali es Cali y lo demas es loma", comes from a song called Cali Pachanguero. It says basically that Cali is the best city and it is in a valley. Cali, an exciting & cosmopolitan city!

HIGHLIGHTS
Privateacherco: learn Spanish while living Colombian culture 1st hand. You can practice your salsa & Spanish skills in their cultural exchange - social salsa events. Private = 10hrs/450pp, 20hrs/750pp. Group = 10hrs/340pp, 20hrs/650. All programs incl material, salsa class, cooking class, a map, a drink & salsa tour. www.privatachero.com.

Pance River
: there are 3 entrances where you can enjoy nature & cool down in the river. Use the Mio (transport system). Walk along cll 5 to get to the Mio station (1.6pp, from the center = ±40min). Get off @Universidades. Then take the B14 to Pance = 20min.

Interesting neighborhoods: San Fernando (nightlife icon, Parque del Perro), Granada (near the Parque del Gato + Paseo Bolívar), Peñón (architectural heritage), San Antonio (historic center) & Plaza Jairo Varela.

@Santa Librada Station you’ll find the statue of Jovita = queen of Cali.

Loma de la Cruz: artisan handicraft market. By foot: from Bellavista + San Antonio 15min. Daily 10am-7pm.

La Ermita Church: was of wood, but in 1910 it was completely destroyed by a storm. Rebuilt in Gothic style. @Cra 1ª # 13.

Gold Museum
: cll 7 # 4-69. Tue-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat 10am-5pm. = Free.

Cerro de las 3 Cruces @Montebello, this monument was built to chase away evil spirits. Here you can enjoy excellent views of the city. Don’t go @N.

Party: Bajo Tierra or Tin Tin Deo (south) are good salsa bars. In general people dance with their partners. On Thursdays you can go on your own & dance with others. Bars close between 1 & 3am. @Juanchito: the largest concentration of discotheques in the whole country. It all started back in the 60’s. Menga (north): bars close @6am so this is the place to be for the dancing addicts.

San Antonio: relaxing atmosphere & a mixture of arts. There is a church on the hill:  you can get an excellent view of the city; perfect for having a beer as you watch the sunset. You can buy handicrafts.

Salsa Show Delirio: last Friday of every month. The venue is a circus tent and pretty amazing. delirio.com.co/es.

Great gastronomy: visit the Galeria Alameda farmer’s market to taste the mixture of cuisines. Pacific style seafood will give any cuisine in the world a run for its money.

ACCOMMODATION
Tostaky, El Viajero CaliLocal House CaliLa Pinta Boogaloo

DISCOUNT
Cali - Privateacherco:
they offer Spanish class combined with Cultural Exchange - Social Salsa events & volunteering possibilities. Cel: 300-665 69 41, www.privatachero.com. 1. Bring your CF guide & get a FREE salsa class. 2. Organize a group of 4 in their Spanish & Salsa Program & get 50% off! 3. Publish a photo of you participating in one of their programs & activities in social networks & you will get a map & 2 typical cocktails.

HOW2GETTHERE
Buga = 1hr20, ±8pp. San Cipriano = 2,5hrs, 18pp. Bogotá = 10hrs, 55-65pp. Lago Calima = 2hrs, 25. Popayán = 2,5-3hrs, 14pp. Armenia = 3-4hrs, 18-25pp. Ipiales = 12hrs, 30-48pp.

TIP
-Cali is the salsa capital of Latin America.
-Make a stop in Silvia (between Cali & Popayán).
-Feria de Cali = 25-30.12.
-Read a travel story about Cali here: Cali es Cali y lo demas es loma - Colombia