Hotel MS Centenario Plaza
Avenida 3N # 7N-20, Santiago de Cali / Cali, 0000, Colombia
More about Cali
tiger on the prowl
upscale restaurants are popping up
even on a gray day, it's pretty
atmospheric in the evening
Map of Cali
We are travelling to Cali on August 18, 2003. We are adopting a baby boy and we will be staying in town at the Hotel Pacifico. Does anyone have a map of Cali? I would like to know how far the hotel is from the local shopping areas.
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How was your trip?
How was Cali?
How is your child?
I am going Apr 22 - May 7.
RE: Map of Cali
hotel Pacifico is at the "South" side of Cali... it is a very nice residential area. you are although right behind to a shopping center..."Holguines"... and if you cross the street (ave.5), you will be at "Unicentro":mall inclduign movie thaters. If you take 5 ave North you will see many different things: you cannot get lost, the main part of the city is North and SOuth, and just stay on that main avenue (it runs N-S). there is also the Bull Ring, Cosmocentro(mall)... these are 10 minutes away in a taxi. But where you are located is great for shopping... no need for a cab. There are also the "artesanias", typical jewelry, shoes, clothes, paintings,etc. they look like "hippies", they locate themseleves on the steps of Unicentro.. can miss them. and COngratulations on your baby.... it is a great thing you are doing... some people are ignorant and do not understand that drugs are not the only thing Colombia is known for... it is a beautiful paradise, the friendliest people, delicious food, the climate is perfect... you will fall in love with it!
Travel Tips for Cali
fruit drink nirvana
As chance would have it, while looking for a breakfast place to suit both of our tastes we stumbled across a fruiteria that had a variety of desayuno options. We enjoyed great meals to start our day but oddly enough did not notice the lulada on their menu until after we had ordered. It was quite pricey but we made a mental note to come back if we did not find a street vendor hawking them in city center as hoped for. In town, we did find such a vendor and though she had jugo de lulo, she did not make the famed lulada. They were cheap and quite good. We at least knew we could have nice fruit drinks while in Cali and the lulo was indeed a special and quite tart fruit that we both enjoyed.
On our way back to the hostel later that afternoon, we stopped back at our little breakfast place to have a small snack and to try the lulada. Since it was fairly expensive at nearly 5000 COP and about what you might pay for a whole meal, we only got one to share. When it came out we could understand why it was so pricey. It was quite big and very thick. It was packed with lulos! It also had quite a bit of cream in the mix and condensed milk to take off the tart edge of the fruit. In short, it was heavenly. After one sip each, we knew we had found our juice nirvana. Of course, we were leaving the next morning so we knew where we were coming for breakfast. That's right. Nirvana. One more time for one more lulada. Make that two. We knew we might not ever have another one again.
Wall Decorations - Ceramic Tiles And Graffiti
I found one of the most enjoyable things in Cali strolling the quiet streets of the old neighbourhood of San Antonio. The streets are lined with picturesque colonial houses, many of them are adorned with decorative ceramic tiles, azulejos. Most often they are made from glazed ceramic.
In colonial times decorative ceramic tiles were widely used to decorate walls, windows, floors and even ceilings. Some houses are decorated with ceramic tiles which have religious motives. Instead of usual metal signs, even the houses are marked with ceramic tiles numbers. It's delightful. You can find more pictures in the travelogue.
Cali is also full of graffiti and murals. Some of them are real pieces of art and I love such street art! They give a special character to the city. More pictures are found in two of the street art travelogues
JUANCHACO BEACH, PACIFIC...
JUANCHACO BEACH, PACIFIC COAST: Is a beautiful gate away site, located just 3 hours from the port of Buenaventura and 5 hours from the City of Cali.
The only way you can get their is by boat. There is no roads yet built from the city of Buenaventura because of the Jungle is vivid and very dangerous.
Iglesia de San Francisco
While it may not be to everyone's tastes, the 18th century neo-classical Iglesia de San Francisco features some Mudejar influence in its red brick construction especially in its odd shaped entrance. The chartreuse interior however is stunning once you run the gauntlet of beggars and make it inside.
The huge park known as Centenario bisects the downtown and old town from the more affluent uptown but beside that it offers a very nice open space to escape the hustle bustle of the big city that Cali surely is. We were surprised to find it fairly empty but was during the day, during the week and can only assume weekends bring bigger crowds.