Crossing Cali: The Rhythms And Rich Culture

Hey, have you ever been to Cali? And I’m not talking about our sun and sand California but you’re close.

I journeyed to Cali, Colombia, and the city’s vibrant charm and rich cultural tapestry utterly captivated me.Cali, acknowledged as the Salsa Capital of the world, promises a lively music and dance scene that will surely get your feet moving. . However, there’s so much more to this city than its infectious salsa beats. From its picturesque colonial architecture to its delectable cuisine, Cali unfolds a myriad of experiences for every traveler. If you’re in search of a unique and thrilling travel destination, I wholeheartedly recommend adding Cali to your list.

The History of Cali, Colombia

Before we get into what Cali has in store for us, I wanna give you a brief history behind this lively hotspot. Sebastián de Benalcázar laid the foundations of Cali in July 1536, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the city started to witness substantial economic growth. Geographical factors played a significant role in its early development. Fast forward to today, Cali stands proudly as Colombia’s third-largest city, with only Bogotá and Medellín ahead of it. The name Cali is a snappy version of its full title, Santiago de Cali.

Known as the “Rumba Capital” locally and the “Salsa Capital” globally, Cali is a magnet for those seeking the infectious beats of salsa, vibrant street parties, and a rich cultural tapestry. It has become a melting pot, drawing people from various corners of Colombia and beyond. While Medellín often captures the attention of digital nomads, Cali has carved its niche as an inviting destination, offering a welcoming atmosphere and a reasonable cost of living.

Traveling Safe to Cali, Colombia

Cali, while occasionally labeled as one of Colombia’s more challenging cities in terms of safety, has witnessed a positive shift in recent years. Crime rates have decreased, and the city is gaining popularity among tourists. For solo travelers, staying vigilant about petty crimes like bag snatching and pickpocketing is crucial. Keep valuable items, such as smartphones and jewelry, discreet, especially in public spaces. Employing common-sense safety measures and opting for group settings, particularly at night, enhances the overall safety while exploring Cali. The city’s diverse attractions appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors, many of whom feel at ease navigating its streets.

What Should I Do in Cali, Colombia?

In Cali, the daytime offers a variety of activities beyond its famous nightlife. Take a leisurely walk along the scenic Rio Cali, visit the nearby Cat Park, and explore the unique architecture of Capilla La Ermita. Wander through the charming neighborhood of Barrio San Antonio, enjoying local cafés and theaters. For panoramic views, climb the hill to Iglesia San Antonio, and don’t miss the chance to savor authentic Colombian cuisine, with cholado being a highly recommended culinary delight.

Cali Afterhours

For the young that wants to have fun, Cali’s nightlife is one you should never skip on. Fueled by a deep love for salsa dancing, Cali’s vibrant nightlife keeps nightclubs open until 7 am, offering diverse music genres. It’s a budget-friendly destination for nightlife, attracting those traveling on a budget. The rhythm of the night brings strangers together in the city’s lively salsa scene.

Live music is a popular choice for spending the night in Cali, and there are bars and clubs catering to all. Some notable venues includes La Topa Tolondra, Zaperoco Salsa Bar, Lolas, and the famous salsa circus, Delirio.

With Cali’s rich blend in day and night time activities, you are sure to have a trip you’ll never forget.

You might find some other blogs on traveling in South America, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru interesting.

Happy Travels!


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