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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.

From Cali: Guided Day Trip to San Cipriano Natural Reserve

2. From Cali: Guided Day Trip to San Cipriano Natural Reserve

From Córdoba (approximately 2 hours from Cali), at the site together with the forest ranger or guide of the region, you take a transport called witch (balinera cars on the railway), for approximately 30 minutes, passing tunnels, bridges and very green and exuberant humid jungle, until you reach the San Cipriano Nature Reserve. There, among a mostly black community, restaurants and shops, breakfast is eaten and the walk continues along a path that leads to the Refugio del Amor, where there is a natural pool and a small waterfall. Subsequently, a trip with a tire through the river if the current allows it, from Charco Oscuro, to end with a typical lunch of the region.

Cali: 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

3. Cali: 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

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 (at your own expense).

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

4. 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: National Park Waterfalls Tour with Lunch & Transfer

5. Cali: National Park Waterfalls Tour with Lunch & Transfer

Come and enjoy a beautiful tour in the surrounding mountains of the Farallones de Cali, we will have a ten-kilometer route mixed between rivers, mountains, waterfalls and nature, with a duration of five hours of travel in which you can feel the beauty up close of the landscapes that surround us. During the tour we will visit various waterfalls, including the emerald. Itinerary 07:00 Am. Meeting point in the hotel or place that you´re stayed. 08:00 Am. Starting point to walk 01:00 Pm Time to relax and enjoy the rivers and the waterfall 02:00 Pm Time to lunch 03:00 Pm Return to cali 04:00 Pm Finish the trip in the hotel or place that you´re stayed

Cali: Paragliding Experience

6. 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.

Cali: City Highlights Bus Tour

7. Cali: City Highlights Bus Tour

At the agreed time we will begin at your hotel, to start with the guiaded tuor throught Cali by bus, a city known for "Salsa", learn about culture, while enjoying its pleasant and cool climate, your will visit the most representative places of the city starting with the center, where finds the Plaza de Caicedo, Metropolitan Cathedral of San Pedro Apóstol, Church of San Francisco and Church of La Merced, continuing to the viewpoint of Sebastián de Belalcázar, Monument to the Gato del Río and Cristo Rey. To the south are the units sports, the Plaza de Toros, residential and university areas, the tour ends in the north passing through Avenida Sixth, Granada neighborhood, World Cup Tunnel, among others.

From Cali: Buga Tour with Basilica Visit

8. From Cali: Buga Tour with Basilica Visit

Visit the Basilica of the Lord of Miracles, an architectural and religious spectacle. It is one of the few cities in the world that has a cathedral and a basilica. Where you can participate in a mass, or make purchases of religious articles. In addition, you can also enjoy a panoramic view of the city, observing sites of cultural and tourist interest in the municipality like the Catedral de San Pedro Apóstol and Capilla de San Francisco. Aso you can also visit the museum of the basilica, see some colonial houses

Cali: Pico de Loro Trekking Adventure

9. Cali: Pico de Loro Trekking Adventure

Pico de Loro is the most prestigious trail within the Farallones de Cali National Natural Park, one of the 59 protected areas in Colombia that offers you a direct connection with nature. In this park there are 540 species of birds along with others in danger of extinction that are unique in the world. Los Farallones de Cali is one of the oldest protected areas and one of the most diverse. With 4 ecosystems, 4 thermal floors, indigenous influence, lands full of thick jungle and great hydrographic wealth, Pico de Loro is the ideal peak to be conquered. This tour is available exclusively from Monday to Friday. The total distance is 9K (4.5K ascent and 4.5K descent). This demanding trail has a final altitude of 2,860 MASL and starts at 1,600 MASL. During the tour there will be changes in level between 45° to 75°, (in some sectors), there will be short breaks and stops during the tour for environmental interpretation and acclimatization. You will not be able to do the tour if you suffer from: Respiratory problems, heart problems, recent fractures, etc. This activity is only for experienced hikers in good physical condition and optimal health.

Cali: Farallones Natural Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

10. Cali: Farallones Natural Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 63 reviews

It was changed slightly to include both walking and a short drive up a mountain to a viewpoint which was great. The guide Andres is a proud local who has also travelled extensively. He has lots of interesting information and insights.

Juanko had excellent knowledge of Cali and showed us plenty of it. Very passionate about the city; particularly it’s history, the local artisans and Columbian culture. He was also great company.

This is an amazing opportunity to see and experience a special part of Colombia. The guides were great and there was so many beautiful areas to drink in. I will do this again.

Real, satisfying. Juan is a terrific host and guide. In spite of warnings by friends, felt safe the entire visit. Don’t go if you are not fit enough to walk up steep inclines.

It is great to learn about Cali from the enthusiastic guides. It really helps get oriented and gain a deep appreciation for the city and culture.