How much money will you need in Cali?
CO$58,421 ($18) is the average daily price for traveling in Cali.
The average price of food for one day is CO$19,207 ($6.07).
The average price of a hotel for a couple is CO$28,238 ($8.92).
Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.
Cali On a Budget
Cali is Colombia's third largest city. Founded in 1536, can be explored on foot: walk under the shade of trees along the riverbank, admire the architecture of churches and other national monuments, and visit the city's many museums. Being the salsa capital of the world, Cali is primarily a destination for salsa and party but it also offers some great days out in the nearby natural surroundings. In Cali, travelers can enjoy music festivals, learn about sugarcane farming, and take in the mountainous landscapes.
Visit the Cristo Rey, Admittedly, a giant Jesus statue, not as grand as Rio's Christ the Redeemer, but impressive nonetheless. As it is located on top of a hill overlooking the city, the views are fabulous, and a visit can easily be combined with the nearby Andoke butterfly farm. This huge butterfly farm features over 15 elegant technicolored species. Wander around a series of pretty walking trails while knowledgeable guides explain the life cycles of these wonderful creatures. Another rather unusual sight, is the Gato de Tejada, a famous sculpture of a cat found in a park that pays tribute to famous Colombian artist Hernando Tejada. Local artists got together and sculpted another 15 feline statues in his honor after he passed away just a few years following the realization of his sculpture. Set atop a hill to the west of the historical center lies Iglesia de San Antonio, an impressive 18th-century church that contains a number of unique wood-carved religious artifacts. The church is surrounded by a park in which you will get excellent views of the city. Just down from the church lies Cali's historic center, the funky Barrio San Antonio. Within these charming colonial edifices are trendy cafes, happening bars, and upmarket restaurants, making it a perfect place to eat, drink, and simply discover. You must also stop at Cali's oldest church, the Iglesia de la Merced, a beautiful colonial cathedral on the Plaza Caycedo in the historic district.
A popular activity in Cali is to visit the Zoologico de Cali, a must for families and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Among the exotic animals on these expansive grounds are tigers, huge iguanas, monkeys, and pink Andean flamingos. Cali also has a few museums worth visiting. The Museo de Arte Colonial, in the monastery adjoining the cathedral, displays mainly colonial religious art. The Museo Arqueologico displays pre-Columbian pottery and artifacts from the various indigenous groups of the area. The Museo de Oro exhibits gold items from the Calima culture and the Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia displays modern art, sculpture, and photography. Those keen for a trip out of the city should go for a day tour of San Cipriano. Highlights include a ride on a tiny railway timber cart, a visit to an Afro community, tubing down a tranquil river, and the chance to swim under some cascading waterfalls. Or you can head to the Parque Nacional Farallones de Cali, a mountain park with diverse vegetation and wildlife. You can leave for a day excursions or hike to Reserva Natural Hato Viejo where you will find lodging, food, and guides to the park. You should definitely check out the archaeological sites of pre-Columbian civilizations at Parque Arqueologico De Tierradentro and Parque Arqueologico De San Augustin. Both are considered sacred sites and feature ancient monuments, statuary, tombs and burial mounds. Finally, your trip to Cali would not be complete without experiencing the city's most famous activity, salsa. Those who don't like to dance can watch a live performance, though the real action takes place within the city's steamy clubs.
Food and Dining
The cuisine of Valle del Cauca is delicious and varied. In Cali and around the department of Valle del Cauca, traditional dishes include chicken soup, arroz atollado, and tortilla soup. Pandebono, pandeyuca, and a wide variety of sweets are a specialty of Valle del Cauca cooking. Other highlights include chicken soup cooked over a wood fire and lulada, a drink made from pineapples and lulos. You will find good restaurants in the city that serve traditional food as well as high quality international dishes.
You can reach Cali by bus from a few regional, national and domestic destinations. Expreso Bolivariano leaves Terminal de Transportes in Bogota regularly throughout the day and night with journeys taking between 10 and 12 hours to reach Cali. Tickets are priced between USD$20 and USD$25 depending on seat option, availability and time of departure. We recommend that you only travel with certified transport companies, such as Expreso Palmira, Bolivariano or Expreso Brasilia. These companies will bring you and your luggages safely and comfortably to your destination. You may bargain with other companies, but the trip may be very uncomfortable. Cali's International Airport Alfonso Bonilla Aragon is located 20 km northeast of the city and can be reached by bus or taxi. There are flights to and from Medellin, Bogota, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Bucaramanga, San Andres, Pasto, Cartagena and some international destinations as well.