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Cali: Grand City Tour

1. 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

2. 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.

Hiking in the Farallones of Cali: Waterfalls and nature

3. Hiking in the Farallones of Cali: Waterfalls and nature

The city of Cali has the privilege of being surrounded by several rivers and waterfalls, with many of its forests and ecological trails still awaiting to be discovered. Live an unforgettable experience, hiking 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. You will 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: Driving Tour of the 11 Neighborhoods of Commune 20

4. Cali: Driving Tour of the 11 Neighborhoods of Commune 20

Experience the art and culture in some of the the 11 neighborhoods of Commune 20 on this driving tour in Cali. Listen as your local guide tells you the story about what made the inhabitants of these districts seek positive change. Enjoy a typical local drink along the way. Be picked up at the Hotel Intercontinental and sit back and relax on the drive to Cañaveralejo station. Board the MIO cable car and soar over the city. Snap pictures of the panoramic city views. Stop at 4 thematic stations starting with Cañaveralejo. Hear about the history of tranportation at Cañaveralejo station. Make your way to Tierra Blanca station to hear about the local salsa tradition. Stop to enjoy the green spaces at Lleras Camargo station. Uncover local myths and legends at the Brisas de Mayo station. Return to your meeting point at the Hotel Intercontinental at 3:00 PM.

Cali: Paragliding Experience

5. Cali: Paragliding Experience

Paragliding gives you the opportunity to see the world from another perspective, whilst allowing you to feel what it's like to fly. The feeling of freedom is unique in the air, and the best thing about this activity is that you do not need to have any special skills to enjoy this extraordinary adventure. The Valle del Cauca is a privileged department for the practice of paragliding, since it has special climate conditions to host calm, safe, and pleasant flights. The closeness that Cali has with the main takeoff areas makes it a desired and favored activity in the region. After soaring through the air for up to 15 minutes, you will touch down safely on the ground. From there, you can peruse the photographs from your experience, before your tour comes to an end.

From Cali Airport: One-way Privater Transfer to Cali

6. From Cali Airport: One-way Privater Transfer to Cali

Take a private one-way transfer from Cali Airport to your accommodation in Cali. Sit back and relax during the journey in an air-conditioned vehicle. A friendly driver will meet and greet you outside the airport. Your driver will proceed with escorting you and your luggage to the vehicle. Travel conveniently without having to worry about pre-booking or last-minute searching.

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.

Valle del Cauca Hacienda & Sugar Cane Tour

8. Valle del Cauca Hacienda & Sugar Cane 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.

Santiago de Cali: Fruit Market Walking Tour with Tastings

9. Santiago de Cali: Fruit Market Walking Tour with Tastings

Enjoy a guided walking tour around the San Antonio neighborhood of Santiago de Cali. Travel like a local as your guide shows you the most important open markets in the city like the Galeria Alameda market. Be greeted by your guide at the Hotel Intercontinental and begin your tour. Hear about the unusual climate of the Cauca River Valley. Find out how this makes this area the most important place for fruit production and export in Colombia.  Walk through vibrant markets from downtown to Market square. View stalls filled with fresh and colorful fruit. Try a range of different fruits as you walk along and gain a deeper understanding of Valluna gastronomy. 

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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 21 reviews

The tour was great!!! Our tour guide Julian was very attentive and informative. He let us take breaks as needed and even took pictures. I recommend this tour very much! You not only get good exercise, but you get to see breathtaking views of the mountains and the waterfalls. Andres, the coordinator, was very helpful as he made sure that everything was set up. He was also very responsive in case we had any questions.

Gabriel was very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to visit several parts of the city and learn of its people and history. We were only in Cali for two days and I would definitely recommend you do this tour. The meeting point was easy to find.

Great tour throughout the city, amazing explanations and historical context. Really worth the visit. Thanks!

Great! Spectacular view and the information provided by the excellent guide!

Highly recommended if you are short on time and want to see a lot.