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Cali: City Highlights Tour with Cristo Rey and Local Drink

1. 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

2. 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: Paragliding Experience

3. 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.

San Cipriano Rainforest Reserve: Amazing day trip

4. San Cipriano Rainforest Reserve: Amazing day trip

San Cipriano's reserve is nestled within a picturesque small town on the Colombian Pacific Coast. It is surrounded by rivers that are ideal for activities such as swimming, snorkeling, tubing and cliff jumping. With your local guide, you will be able to hover on the "brujita" (a wooden pallet powered by a motorcycle and placed on train tracks) through the rainforest. With the river on one side and deep vegetation on the other, you will pass through tunnels and cross bridges to unveil the natural wonders that you will encounter upon arriving to the reserve. The natural reserve of San Cipriano offers relief and pleasure for the mind, body and soul. Whilst there you will experience an abundance of peace and quiet, with only the hum of the rainforest and flow of the river to listen to as your local guide takes you to explore waterfalls and hidden natural pools. Later on, you can hop on a tube, sit back, relax, and glide down the river as it unveils the secrets of this diverse ecosystem.

Sugar Cane Museum and Hacienda Paraíso Day Tour

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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.

Cali: Whale Watching in the Colombian Pacific Coast

8. Cali: Whale Watching in the Colombian Pacific Coast

Bahía Málaga and its Yubarta Whales. In the Colombian Pacific is the Uramba Bahía Málaga National Natural Park, this region is considered the wettest on the planet and the most biodiverse in Colombia. It has virgin jungles, paradisiacal beaches, exotic islands, waterfalls, estuaries, mangroves, puddles and natural freshwater pools, all next to the imposing Pacific Ocean which gives us the ideal opportunity to enjoy ecotourism and adventure. This magical tour full of contrasts, spectacular sunsets and surrounded by an imposing tropical rain forest has a lot to offer you. Live a different ecotourism experience enjoying the delicious gastronomy, its unforgettable landscapes and the incomparable kindness of its inhabitants.

From Buenaventura: 2-Day Whale Watching Trip

9. From Buenaventura: 2-Day Whale Watching Trip

DAY 1At 8 AM you will depart by speedboat to Juanchaco, an authentic fishing village on the Colombian Pacific coast. By 9 AM you will arrive at the Juanchaco tourist pier. From here, a motorcycle taxi will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation and check-in. Next, explore the beach and the town of Juanchaco before getting ready for lunch at our recommended restaurant, “Donde Yenny” with Doña Fanny’s seasoning. After lunch, get ready to go with your guide and see the beautiful humpback whales in a boat. DAY 2Wake up at your own pace to the sound of the waves. Start your morning with a cup of coffee facing the Pacific Ocean. After breakfast, you will have beaches and nature at your disposal, and the rest is up to you. Walk along the Ladrilleros beach or discover the town of Ladrilleros and its people. Later in the afternoon, at approximately 3 PM, the boat will be waiting for you to return to Buenaventura.

San Cipriano: San Cipriano Natural Reserve Guided Tour

10. San Cipriano: San Cipriano Natural Reserve Guided Tour

he jungle, and go down the river while letting nature beautify your senses. Meeting point: Hotel Intercontinental Cali - Main entrance. Leaving Cali around 7:00 a.m., you will travel to the Pacific coast on the “Vía al Mar” highway. Cross the western Andean mountain range, where you will stop for breakfast and then you will arrive at the town of Zaragoza to take the “brujita” a local way of trasnportation on the rail road; destination: the village of San Cipriano. After a short walk, we will enter the San Cipriano Natural Reserve. You will start with an ecological walk through the jungle until you reach some beautiful waterfalls in the middle of the forest. We will return to “Charco Sábalos” from where we will descend on tires to the village of San Cipriano to have lunch in one of our recommended restaurants. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the different natural ponds and the natural beauty of the reserve before returning to Cali.

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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.