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Free Walking Tour Cali's Cultural and Historical Downtown

Free Walking Tour Cali's Cultural and Historical Downtown

Walk through one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Colombia, the so-called “Sultana del Valle” or “La Sucursal del Cielo”. Famous for its Salsa rhythms and acrobatic shows, Cali hides an enormous, fighting and brilliant past beyond that enriches our lives nowadays. Throughout this cultural walk, you’ll relive our historical process that led us into civil wars, hard moments of discrimination and bright minds who recite Cali in poems and songs about its pretty mountains, our beautiful women and beloved city. It’s important to know the current people’s feeling and situation after the pandemic to understand the resistant culture we represent for the whole country. From its colonial houses until the Jairo Varela Museum, you will recognize and taste the great “caleños” race we are: afros, indigenous and europeans! Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Cali: City Tour

Cali: 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.

Free Alameda Market Local Food Tour

Free Alameda Market Local Food Tour

From Parque Alameda we'll walk towards Alameda Market crossing the neigborhood in order to try local home made food like Champús and Cucas done by “caleñas”. This is the best start so you understand how important our identity is through our gastronomy. Among afro preparations and european flavors, get a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. The market is home to hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to clothing, handicrafts, and household items. Taste traditional food from the pacific and toast with Viche, our amazing alcoholic beverage! This experience brings you closer to the flavors, colors, textures and regional gastronomic preparations, which are loaded with symbols and meanings, as they reveal social relations, popular imaginaries and the use of the environment. Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Cali: Cali River Waterfall and GREAT river pools

Cali: Cali River Waterfall and GREAT river pools

The BEST RIVER SPOTS on the MOST IMPORTANT river in the city: CALI RIVER and CALI WATERFALL This is seriously and exeptional place. (multiple pools and a WATERFALL!!) The duration of the tour is about 3h. First, we walk past the Cali Zoo and Cali Botanical garden, were you can stay at the end of the tour if you wish. Then we walk around 1.5 km from the botanical garden to the most beautiful riverspots that you can choose from in Cali (Charco el recodo, Charco azul and Cali Waterfall) (Total walk from the Zoo is 3.3 km) The walk is beautiful, flat, easy and very relaxing, alongside the Cali river, until we get to the spots were we can go in the water, sunbathe, chill or even cook. (walk is around 1.5 km or 1 mile to the waterfall but theres plenty beautiful spots along the way) The waterfall is probably one of the nicest we have in Cali, especially so close to the city, and im sure you are gonna LOVE IT, just as us caleños love it so so much. This is the most important river in Cali, but we are gonna experience it before it ever comes into the city. bautiful, delicious fresh water and hot sun, who needs the beach when you got fresh water? Just message me if youre intersted and we can set up the meeting point and Id be happy to help you get there! :D Thank you for reading my add, hope you have an awesome trip!

Cali: Street Food Tour

Cali: Street Food Tour

Check the tour's route in Google Maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/9WfZsbL66hpKNc1H9 My name is Juan! And I will take you through a list of food spots that I've personally chosen for their authenticity, price, and taste of course. We will cover a good range of food & snacks: from hots to colds, solids to beverages, sweet to salty, stores & street vendors, national and local, fried to baked, fruits to meats, and everything in between. ____ Before we even start with the food, we will check out some murals that allow me to tell you about Cali's local culture, events, a national martyr and the first black vice-president of Colombia. Then, for the food... STOP 1: Bakery Good colombian bread. Pandebono, buñuelo, roscón, pan galleta. There are also options with guava sweet or milk caramel, coconut, cheese, sausage, and even coffee. BONUS intermmediate stop (only during weekdays): fried chip plantains, potato chips, and salchipapa. Surprise! We will check out the Salsa Plaza, listen to some music, even do some Salsa steps for you to feel more confident to confront a night of rumba... STOP 2: salty fried goods + juices Empanada: fried corn crust, meat and potato inside. (celiac) Papa aborrajada: loaf of potato with a crusting. Papa rellena: potato with rice and meat inside. Marranita: sweet plantain with fried pork inside. Aborrajado: sweet plantain with cheese inside (veggie) Champús: beverage with corn, pineapple, lulo, bitter orange leaves and cinnamon sticks. Lulada: beverage with lulo, ice and condensed milk. Juices of assorted fruits. BONUS intermmediate stop (only during weekdays): chontaduro, fruit & juice of this regional fruit said to be aphrodisiac, great for vegans and vegetarians because it has a lot of protein. STOP 3: ice with fruits (everything veggie and gluten free!) Raspado: scraped ice with blackberry syrup Cholado: same as above + assortment of 10 fruits + ice cream Cholado explosión cítrica: shaved ice with green mango syrup + assortment of acid and citric fruits. Lulada: beverage with lulo, ice and condensed milk. Maracuyada: beverage with passion fruit, ice and condensed milk. Ensalada de frutas: assortment of 10 fruits, cheese, condensed milk. _____ All tasting options are snacks, not big dishes. But don't be fooled, some are not small and I assure: you will be full by the end. Vegans welcome. Vegetarians welcome. Gluten-free people are welcome. Meat-lovers welcome as well! There are options for everybody. The tour starts and ends in Bulevar del Rio, the city's favorite spot for its breeze and ambience. We will be walking and stopping at several food businesses and street vendors. I will guide you on what everything is and what each spot does best, and you'll let your eyes and mouth decide what you want to try. "full belly, happy heart". I think that's all you should now. Any questions just let me know.

Cali: Paratrike Flight - Paragliding

Cali: Paratrike Flight - Paragliding

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.

Free Cali Salsa & Resistance Street Art Tour

Free Cali Salsa & Resistance Street Art Tour

Discover the history of salsa in Cali on a guided walking tour. Learn about the origins of this dance and music genre, and how it has become a symbol of the city's identity. Start your tour in Plazoleta Jairo Varela and head to the main spots between salsa culture and the street art scene in downtown Cali. Discover how salsa is part of the “cultura popular” of the people of Cali and is a social movement whose lyrics tell us moments of revolution, crazy loves, historical events, and social manifestos. From its beginnings in the Caribbean Antilles, through a great musical mix and its definition in New York, to the boom years of cultural development in Cali between the 60's and 80's, salsa has served as a means of connection between society and guilds, and has become a romantic, folkloric, and revolutionary art. See salsa characters painted on various murals in tribute to their musical and social contribution in the streets of Cali. Curiously close to them, find more radical and activist messages from other social movements linked to a popular struggle and cause. At the end of the tour, you will appreciate salsa culture with a different perspective and understand the effervescence of the Cali people that has led them to face social outbreaks, protests, and solidarity struggles where art, music, and activism are tools of resistance. Important info: this Tour is a shared experience called "Free Walking Tour" and our job is based on tips, which means that you are the one who decides how much your Guides deserve for their work. We suggest $50,000 COP per person which we consider is a fair value for your Freelance Guide considering the cost of a regular Walking Tour. This voluntary tip that you give to your guide is their way of making a living and maintaining this exciting job.

Cali: Walking tour of the historic center

Cali: Walking tour of the historic center

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.

Cali: Hiking to the Pance waterfalls

Cali: Hiking to the Pance waterfalls

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: Tour of Salsa Bars in Cali

Cali: Tour of Salsa Bars in Cali

We are the first tour of salsa bars in the city, we will take you to visit 3 different salsa bars where you will experience the rumbera culture of Cali as if you were a Cali native, we will play games and dynamics to gain confidence and you will surely make new friends from different parts of the world loving and enjoying every second of the night. Meeting point: Iglesia San Antonio We will walk as the sun sets, to go to the first bar, in the San Antonio neighborhood, one of our favorite bars to start the night and share local snacks... Perfect to break the ice and start getting to know each other through games and fun . In our second bar we will find the typical Cali atmosphere where we will continue dancing every day with a different theme and enjoying the local Cali culture in the best style. Our last bar on the tour is a must-see on your list of must-see places in Cali; one of the trendy bars in the city where you can test your dance steps while enjoying from the moment you arrive until you leave. The tour ends at the last bar

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What people are saying about Cali

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4.7
(63 reviews)

Guide was great super informative super nice would definitely recommend. Taught us so many great things also super accomating, helped us with calling a golf course and finding restaurants in town. best tour guide we have been too in colombia

Very happy I booked this tour. Andrés not only shares his knowledge about Cali's gastronomic world but also shares about history and culture. He's a great person to interact with and makes your tour easier and happier!

Mateo was an excellent guide. His English was very good and he was accommodating to my slow pace. He shared a lot of the rich history and culture of Cali. He was very knowledgeable.

A very interesting tour. Fernando introduced us to Cali, salsa and the resistance in an entertaining way.

My tour was Great. Adriana was ver informative and a delight. Would recommend this tour to anyone