Aparta Hotel Canaveralejo
Calle 3 No 57-20, Santiago de Cali / Cali, Colombia
More about Cali
same toucan we saw at Tayrona
one more guy to avoid just around midnight
yet another piece of nice real estate on the park
cute interior of la Capilla
Travel Tips for Cali
Encuentro de Bailarines y Bailadores
With the intention to promote salsa culture which characterizes the city of Cali was inaugurated the first Encuentro de Bailarines y Bailadores (Meeting of Professional and Amateur Dancers). The event was part of the program of 52Feria de Cali (it runs from Christmas till the New Year) and it took place in Teatro al Aire Libre Los Cristales. The event brings together enthusiastic amateur dancers as well professionals.
36 groups were represented, most of them from Cali districts. They participated in Primer Encuentro de Bailarines y Bailadores. But they not only dance salsa; they sing and listen to it and support young talents (video). As in Brazil, where they bring up professional samba dancers from the early years, Cali does the same with salsa through more than hundred schools and academies in every district of the city. El Encuentro is the opportunity for hundreds of artists that vibrate to the rhythm of salsa, to discover new talents and thus open the doors for the future dancers of Salsódromo.soon
Cali is HOT a place to visit.
When I arrive it was hot and humid. A couple of days later clouds, rain and overcast skies. Bring a umbrella, light rain jacket, short sleeve shirts, light pants.
Its normally hot in the 80s.
snacking around is great in Cali
Cali is a town full of street vendors and lots of local snacks. One of the great joys of the town is walking around and sampling what you can while enjoying the sights of the city. Empanadas abound much as they do in all of Colombia but I would have to say Cali had some of the tastiest. One was stuffed with shredded beef and was particularly delicious, and affordable at only 1000 COP (50 cents). Fruit was everywhere as might be expected in this tropical location. Watermelon slices were cheap at 500 COP (25 cents) and half a papaya could be had for little more than 1000 COP. Our favorite was green mango sprinkled chili, salt and lime for 1000 COP (50 cents).
Iglesia de la Ermita
One of the city's newer churches is the neo-Gothic Iglesia de la Ermita which was built 1930 and 1948. The pastel blue with white trim structure is quite large and reminiscent of La Santurario Las Lajas, south of Ipiales. If you are not going to what is virtually the bottom of Colombia, it well worth going over to see La Ermita. Its ample interior features fine stain-glass windows and the famed 18th century painting, Lord of the Sugar Cane. It has become the city's symbol and is the most photographed church too.
Iglesia de San Antonio
One of the few places where you can get a fine view of Cali is atop the hill in San Antonio. Here you will find a small church Iglesia de San Antonio with a splendid baroque altar. The church was built in 1757 and contains some highly valuable tallas quiteñas from the 17th century, a rather fine set of Quito carved-wood statues of saints. There's also a little stall selling religious art.
In front of the church is a pleasant park where you can take a rest in the shadow of trees, get fresh air and admire a view of the city below. In the afternoon street vendors set the tables with cold drinks, coffee and variety of snacks. More people come in the evening, sit around the stairs, have a drink and sometimes you can even hear the music.
The church is open 07:00am-04:00pm; admission by donation.