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Cali: 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

1. Cali: 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Discover the incredible historical town of Cali as a local guide takes you on a 3-hour walking tour to discover its main sights. The tour starts in the Jairo Varela plaza, a place full of salsa and culture. Continue to the historic center, winding through traditional city center along the way. Explore the city and learn about Cali's architecture, parks, theaters, churches, museums, cathedrals, and monuments. Your guide will enrich you with their knowledge of the city’s history. Along the way, you will be able to sample typical Caleño food and drinks, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the Cali culture (at your own expense).

Cali: Guided Day-Trip to San Cipriano with Traditional Lunch

2. Cali: Guided Day-Trip to San Cipriano with Traditional Lunch

Depart from the dancing city of Cali for the wonderful San Cipriano Natural Reserve. Ride the unique ‘brujita’ transportation into this hidden gem, relaxing in the sparkling river and enjoying a traditional lunch with locals. Get picked up from your accommodations and drive for two hours to reach Cordoba. Take the chance to ride on the ‘brujita,' a platform on a rail powered by motorcycle which is the only way to access San Cipriano. Arrive in the nature reserve and immerse yourself in its lush beauty, sparkling with crystalline rivers. Learn about the people of San Cipriano and their daily lives on a guided tour, before having a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant in the Cauca Valley. After lunch, spend your last few hours relaxing and having fun in the river. Take the ‘brujita’ back to Cordoba, where you'll get driven back to your hotel in Cali.

Buenaventura: Whale Watching Trip with Overnight Stay

3. Buenaventura: Whale Watching Trip with Overnight Stay

Day 1 Arrive in Buenaventura a day before the whale watching tour and be escorted to your hotel for your overnight stay. Enjoy your evening in the town, and sample local cuisine as you stroll along the promenade. Day 2 After breakfast at your hotel, head to the pier office to collect your boat tickets. At 8:00 AM your boat will depart to Juanchaco, an authentic fishing village on the Colombian Pacific coast. Arrive at Juanchaco pier where you will meet your host who will escort you to the whale watching tour. Next, explore the beach and the town of Juanchaco. Enjoy lunch at a traditional local restaurant. Later in the afternoon the boat will be waiting for you to return to Buenaventura.

Cali: Grand City Tour

4. Cali: Grand City Tour

This grand tour of Cali allows you to visit the city in an efficient and fun way, going straight from one attraction to the next in a private vehicle without wasting in between. Your local caleño guides will show you the best attractions, where you can listen to the history of the city and take pictures. Visit Cristo Rey and Sebastian de Belalcazar, where you can see the incredible panoramic views that the city has to offer. You will also have the chance to try typical drinks, so you can feel like a true caleño.  Pass by El Gato del Rio and the only musical monument in Colombia. Walk through the Boulevard del Rio and explore the historical center, full of art, culture, and ancestral myths.

Cali: City Highlights Tour with Cristo Rey and Local Drink

5. Cali: City Highlights Tour with Cristo Rey and Local Drink

Get an introduction to Cali on a guided tour and discover its key sights, such as Iglesia La Merced, Plazoleta Jairo Varela, and El Gato del Río. Learn about Cali's history, culture, and dance from your guide, sample a local traditional drink, and take in beautiful city views from the Cristo Rey. Meet your guide at Plazoleta Jairo Varela, where you will learn about salsa. Next, head to Plaza de Caicedo to learn about Cali's history. Then, take in Plaza San Francisco's convent, followed by Iglesia La Merced, a former monastery with a rich history, and Iglesia de San Antonio, a hilltop chapel. Having explored Cali's historic center on foot, climb aboard an air-conditioned van to be taken to the Cristo Rey monument. Marvel at the statue's size and stunning views over the city. Finally, end your tour beside the Cali River at El Gato del Río, a sculpture by Colombian artist Hernando Tejada.

Cali: Farallones Natural Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

6. Cali: Farallones Natural Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

Discover the several rivers and waterfalls of the forests and ecological trails surrounding Cali on a guided hiking tour. Experience the rural hillsides of Cali with a wildlife expert that will show you the best that these mountains have to offer. During the tour, you will witness the natural richness of the Farallones, the west branch of the Andes Mountains. See the well-preserved diversity of nature where more than 80 species of birds can be seen. Open your lungs to the clean and fresh air, plunge into crystal clear waters, and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley and mountains. During your hike, you will be able to cool off in natural waterfalls and rivers.

Cali: Sugar Cane Farm and El Paraiso Hacienda Day Trip

7. Cali: Sugar Cane Farm and El Paraiso Hacienda Day Trip

Visit the historical El Paraiso Hacienda estate and a sugar cane museum on this day trip from Cali. Discover the fascinating world of Colombian sugar cane and its history of slavery, music, and cultural exchange. Dig into a hearty lunch of authentic local flavors. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cali. Sit back and relax on the drive through the countryside on your way to El Paraiso Hacienda estate which was built in 1815. Meet your guide who take you on a stroll around the gardens. Admire the traditional architecture and high ceilings of this picturesque house. Continue to the sugar cane fields to learn about this local crop that is used to produce brown sugar and liquor. Uncover the secrets of the growing and harvesting process at a sugar cane museum. Taste a sugar cane-based traditional drink. Find out how it is made using a machine that extracts the liquid out of the plant. Sit down to a delicious lunch of authentic Cauca Valley cuisine. Return to your accommodation in Cali at the end of your tour.

Sugar Cane Museum and Hacienda Paraíso Day Tour

8. Sugar Cane Museum and Hacienda Paraíso Day Tour

Visit the Hacienda El Paraíso (Paradise) and the Sugar Cane Museum. Marvel at the rich architecture, art, flora, and fauna. Learn about centuries of culture and knowledge and discover what life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy a quiet walk through the grounds surrounded by beautiful landscapes and history.  Experience the pleasant freshness of the gardens, adorned with rose bushes and illuminated by the first rays of the morning sun. Stop for a traditional lunch that will awaken your taste buds.

Flavors of Cali: Food Experience & Fruit Tasting

9. Flavors of Cali: Food Experience & Fruit Tasting

Colombian cuisine is a combination of different foods, practices, and culinary traditions of the Spanish, African, and Indigenous cultures that come together to give life to the criolla food. Each region of Colombia has its own unique climate and topography which brings culinary diversity to the country and gives life to each unique regional plate. On this gastronomic tour in Cali, you will explore this unique fusion. You will visit the city's farmers market Galería Alameda. Here, you will walk around its more than 4,600 square meters of aisles and stands. You will have the opportunity to try exotic fruits unique to Colombia: from the exotic lulo, to the aphrodisiac chontaduro, and the traditional sugar cane juice freshly squeezed from the sugar cane.

Cali: Authentic Coffee Tour Experience

10. Cali: Authentic Coffee Tour Experience

Colombia is blessed with ideal geographical and climatic conditions for coffee growing. The care and passion that the coffee growers show in each stage of the process and the strict controls guarantee the quality of each grain. This provides a rich coffee industry with economic, social, and environmental sustainability. At the end, is a high-quality product.  On this Cali coffee tour, witness the process at each stage of production to make Colombian bean juice. Learn about the history of coffee and how it is made, from its origin in the Ethiopian highlands all the way to the Colombian soil. At the coffee farm, enjoy a complete tour through the coffee plantation. Discover the seven types of coffee trees that converge in different stages of development and the natural surroundings that create a self-sustainable farm. Here you can also find multiple varieties of birds and butterflies that coexist to decorate the landscape and enrich your experience. Live the experience of being a coffee picker and then make coffee quality control selection. See step by step the complete process from sowing to obtaining the final product. In the future, the aroma and each sip of each coffee cup that touches your palate will evoke your lived experience. Be reminded of all that is behind a good Colombian coffee, which is quality coffee made with love. 

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What people are saying about Cali

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4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Juanko had excellent knowledge of Cali and showed us plenty of it. Very passionate about the city; particularly it’s history, the local artisans and Columbian culture. He was also great company.

This is an amazing opportunity to see and experience a special part of Colombia. The guides were great and there was so many beautiful areas to drink in. I will do this again.

Real, satisfying. Juan is a terrific host and guide. In spite of warnings by friends, felt safe the entire visit. Don’t go if you are not fit enough to walk up steep inclines.

Great experience with Juanka! He is very kind and showed me many different parts of Cali. It feels like going for a walk with a friend, definitely recommend

It is great to learn about Cali from the enthusiastic guides. It really helps get oriented and gain a deep appreciation for the city and culture.