First Time Tourists Guide in Cali

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Cali is a Colombian city in the Valle del Cauca department, southwest of Bogotá.

The city has popular and most visited tourist attractions such as Cerro de Las Tres Cruces, La Tertulia Museum, Cristo Rey, and El Gato del Río

Bandeja paisa is the best food you should try in the city.

People in Cali speak Spanish with their unique Colombian accent.

Come and explore this amazing city!

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SIGHTSEEING

Cerro de Las Tres Cruces is a grassy hill with a monument and trails. This place is known as "Three Crosses Hill". There are big and amazing 3 crosses upon the hill. This hill is a perfect place for hiking and enjoying a charming city view. This popular outdoor activity is better to do in the morning. When you hike, prepare some money because there are people selling fruits and juices along the way up the top.

Cerro de Las Tres Cruces

Nice hike with an amazing view over Cali

Address : Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

DOWNTOWN

La Tertulia Museum is formerly a Museum of Modern Art La Tertulia. This is one of the most beautiful museums of Latin America that has an amazing collection of American and Colombian arts. There are 3 buildings you must stop by and check out. They are the main gallery with 3000 artworks, an art workshop for children, and a building for printing and restoration workshops. This museum is open every day, except Mondays.

La Tertulia Museum

Great museum

Address : Oeste, Cra. 1 #5-105, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

SHOPPING

Loma de Cruz is a public park for walking or people watching. But, this area has many cool shops to visit. Most of the shops sell local stuff. There are authentic handicrafts and souvenirs to buy, like Wayuu mochila bags, the vueltiao Hat, and ruana poncho. Cali is also known for its coffee beans. You can go to Okafe Roasters to get their delicious coffees to bring home.

Loma de Cruz

Good place to take a walk, eat some, watch handcrafts, listen to street music

Address : Cl. 5 #16, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Okafe Roasters

Amazing pour over coffees in a cozy location and friendly staff

Address : avenida 6 bis # 26n, 58, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

FOOD & DRINK

The authentic food from Cali is Bandeja Paisa. It's a popular meal consists of white rice, red beans, ground beef, and other ingredients. You can find it at many Colombian restaurants. Also, there are Sancocho de Gallina and Arroz Collado to taste. For the drink, Cali is famous for its Lulada. This is a traditional drink made from the pulp of lulo and local fruits.

CULTURE

People in Cali speak Spanish with their unique Colombian accent. They call themselves Colenos. If you get new friends in Cali, there is a custom you need to know. Men greet one another with a handshake or loose hug. Meanwhile, men greet women with a handshake or a kiss on the right cheek. Also, people in Cali have an interesting tradition that is celebrating Christmas for the whole of December.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Cali is between December to March. It's the dry season with sunny and warm weather. Those months are the perfect time to explore the city.

HOTEL

Stay at Alko Hotel Boutique to experience sleeping in a unique room. This hotel has a cool design on its walls. Also, it's so strategic because the hotel is only a 13-minute walk from the Iglesia de la Ermita, 15 minutes walk from the El Gato del Río sculpture, and close to eateries along the street. Another option to stay is the Hotel Cosmos Cali. This modern hotel is near the Cali River. Also, the location is close to Cali Tower skyscraper, Cali Zoo, and Cristo Rey statue.

Alko Hotel Boutique, Granada, Cali, Colombia

Great hotel with rustic room designs, great staff friendly and helpful

Address : Av. 9A ##9N-25, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Hotel Cosmos Cali

Great location in the city with large bed and good separate bathroom, A/C and a fridge and staff very helpful

Address : Av. 3N # 17N – 25, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

RESTAURANT

Platillos Voladores is an authentic restaurant, good for having dinner. It has various local cuisines and romantic space for couples or friends. Chontaduro, risotto, and Camarones are the best foods to try when you are here. You can also go to El Zaguán de San Antonio. This is a Colombian restaurant with a homey vibe and cool wooden chairs. The foods are served in big portions. There are lulada and abborajado food you must order.

Platillos Voladores

one of the best traditional 'Valledelcaucan cuisine' restaurant

Address : Av. 3 Norte # 7-19, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

El Zaguán de San Antonio

pretty nice place with a great views of the nearby area

Address : Cra. 12 #1-29, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

CAFE

Tierradentro Café & Co is a warm cafe to chill out in the city. This cafe is perfect for breakfast with its delicious coffee. There is a green terrace to sit while enjoying your foods. Not only coffee, but this place also has an amazing sandwich and pasta to offer. Another cafe to visit it Macondo: Desserts & Coffee. It's an artsy cafe with great jazz performances to see. This cafe is so recommended to visit in the evening. The must-order menus are its coffee and chicken burger.

Tierradentro Café & Co

Beautiful terrace, very green garden and lovely people

Address : Cra. 12 #2-81, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Macondo: Desserts & Coffee

Beautiful cafe with a nice coffe

Address : Cra. 6 #3 - 03, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Bourbon St. Pub is a good place to enjoy live rock music with cold beers. With a wide variety of cocktails and beer, this place is a popular place to visit by young people. Also, its popular food to order is nachos. Another place to enjoy the night is Zaperoco Bar. This bar is not only serving a delicious menu but also exciting events. You can come and enjoy traditional music and dances, like salsa dance, Cuban rumba, and son Cubano.

Bourbon St. Pub

Totally worth it, great place with so many details and good options to drink and eat

Address : Avenida 9 #15AN 27, Barrio Granada, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Zaperoco Bar

Great place with an awesome atmosphere

Address : Av. 5 Nte. ##16-46, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

INTERESTING PLACE

Zoológico de Cali is a famous zoo in Cali you must visit. Enjoy the natural area while watching the native and international species. You will see wonderful lions, bears, zebras, and other animals inside this zoo. This place is good to go with family or kids. Also, you can go to El Gato del Río. It's a very big cat sculpture with 3 tons of bronze. This sculpture was built by a Colombian artist, Hernando Tejada. Now, this place becomes a lovely park with 3 more cat sculptures and famous as the "Cat Park".

Zoológico De Cali

This beautiful zoo hosts all kinds of rescued animals

Address : Cra. 2 west, Cl. 14, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

El Gato del Río

Wonderful place for picture taking, a stroll, or grab some lunch

Address : Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

La Ermita Church is a Roman Catholic church with a beautiful Neo-Gothic style. You can get a good photo outside, with the building as your photo background. Also, you can take photos inside with the accompany of the 18th-century painting and Italian marble altar. Another spot is Cristo Rey. It's a monument of 85-feet Jesus Christ sculpture with panoramic scenery. Don't forget to capture the site too.

La Ermita Church

A beautiful cathedral in the heart of Cali

Address : Cra. 1 #0, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Cristo Rey

Crystal Reyes one of those viewpoints in Cali that you absolutely have to visit

Address : Cl. 10 #1029, Jamundí, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia