Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Cali Travel Information
Santiago de Cali, or simply Cali, is the capital for the district of Cauca Valley and the country's third largest city. Founded in 1536, this is one of Colombia's oldest settlements, which can evident when visiting the La Merced Church where the first mass of the country was celebrated. At the same time, it is a completely modern city, and this is evident by the view from the top of Cristo Rey Hill. In fact, colonial and modern architecture intermingle in Cali, making the city quite attractive.
The dazzling natural scenery adds to Cali's claim as an exceptional tourist destination. The old part of town is by far the most interesting, while downtown largely hosts the financial buildings. San Pedro Cathedral, La Ermita and La Merced Churches, St. Francis Religious Complex, San Antonio Chapel, Cañasgordas Hacienda, the Municipal Theater, Otero Building, the National Palace, Cali's Tower (the city's highest building) are some of the outstanding examples of its architecture. To go deeper into culture and history, there is the La Merced Archeology Museum, St. Francis Religious and Colonial Museum and Calima Gold Museum, just to mention a few.
'Tres Cruces' (three crosses) and Cristo Rey (Lord Christ) Hills make for a great outdoor walk up to the 26m-high structures. 'Avenida Sexta's (6th Avenue) bars and discos are an excellent option for the evening. 'Farallones de Cali' National Park, the Botanical Garden and the Zoo await nature lovers.