Updated on 01/25/2024
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Cali Colombia Trip Summary
Day 1 – Cali
Day 2 – Cali
Day 3 – Cali
Day 4 – Cali – San Cipriano – Cali
Day 5 – Cali
Cali is the third-largest city in Colombia and is also the capital of the Department of Valle del Cauca. Located at 1080 meters (3339 feet) above sea level and with an average temperature of 26 °C (78 °F). It is known as the Capital of Salsa. Many tourists from all over the world have come to the city to take salsa dancing classes. One of the best things to do in Cali is to enjoy the famous salsa circus show, Delirio. Highlights in the Valle del Cauca include the great biodiversity and range of Flora and Fauna. Destinations such as the Pance River with its crystal clear waters and the Farallones National Natural Park, an area of great importance for ornithology with steep mountain ranges, cloud forest, and many water sources. San Cipriano is a town renowned for the journey in the wooden railway carriage called “Brujitas”, and Buenaventura city, where Colombia’s largest international port is located.
San Cipriano is a unique and enchanting Afro-Colombian village located in the heart of the jungle in the Valle del Cauca Department of Colombia. This remote and secluded community has become a popular eco-tourism destination due to its extraordinary transportation method and natural beauty.
One of the main attractions of San Cipriano is the innovative transportation system known as “brujitas.” These are handmade wooden platforms attached to old motorcycle engines that run on railroad tracks. Visitors can hop on these bamboo rafts and glide through the jungle, passing through the lush vegetation and crossing crystal-clear rivers. The experience of riding the brujitas is both thrilling and memorable.
San Cipriano is surrounded by abundant natural beauty. The area is home to several stunning natural pools and waterfalls, where visitors can take a refreshing dip and enjoy the tranquility of the jungle. The pools are formed by the clear waters of the San Cipriano River, creating an idyllic spot for relaxation and swimming.
The village is located within the San Cipriano Reserve, a protected area that is part of the Buenaventura Pacific Forest Reserve. The region’s biodiversity is impressive, with a variety of flora and fauna. Visitors have the opportunity to spot different bird species, monkeys, and other wildlife while exploring the jungle.
San Cipriano is home to a vibrant Afro-Colombian community. Visitors can experience the rich cultural heritage of the locals, including their music, dance, and traditional cuisine. The warm hospitality of the people adds to the authentic and welcoming atmosphere of the village.
Day 1: Cali
Arrival to Cali
You will be picked up at the airport in Cali and driven to your hotel.
The bilingual guide will be waiting for you at the exit of the airport.
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Day 2: Cali
Half Day Cali Salsa Tour
You will begin your experience in the Salsa Capital of the World, at Plaza Jairo Varela (the salsa square). Now, find yourself dancing under the biggest trumpets on the planet and even playing an instrument yourself.
Next, you will continue your way playing a giant piano with your feet, where you will learn how the “caleños/as” meet for the first time in their youth on a dance floor at home. You will learn how these salsa dancers become a couple as you toast with a traditional juice that will refresh your palate. Now, stroll along the riverbank, where you can admire the street art of the “Cantante de los Cantantes”.
To finish, connect with the roots of a salsa family: the first salsa orchestra of the city. There, you will listen to their family history while admiring their unique collection of instruments that you can play, as well as have fun dancing.
Day 3: Cali
Full Day Cali City Tour
Discover the amazing Cristo Rey which is located at 1440 meters above sea level where you will have an excellent view of the city. Descending down the mountain you will learn the famous story of the city’s founder, as well as visit the cat park on the banks of the Cali River: “El Gato del Rio” and its cats, to walk and marvel at an open-air art exhibit, completely covered by a roof of tree branches and surrounded by birds.
Next, you will learn why Cali is the salsa capital of the world, with a style all its own: the salsa caleña, your feet will dance to the salsa beat through the old part of the city, to enjoy the afternoon breeze while you connect with the roots of the city.
Day 4: Cali – San Cipriano – Cali
Visiting San Cipriano
Your day will start early and you will be picked up in your hotel by your guide. Breakfast will be on the road. You will drive almost to Buenaventura, the most important harbor in Colombia on the pacific coast. Arriving close to San Cipriano, you will ride the “brujas” until the town. There you will find a fantastic eco-system with beautiful rivers for a relaxing day.
Day 5: Cali
You will be picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport in Cali.