not just a good deal zoon
We went as much to say we'd gone as much as anything but once inside it became apparent that this was not just a good deal zoo, it was a good deal of a zoo. It was large and sprawling, that much was true but it was also full of the modern-day enclosures that not only presents animals in as close to their natural habitat as possible but also makes for much happier ones too. Indeed, these were the healthiest captive animals either of us had ever seen. Of course, Cali's warm humid climate surely didn't hurt either. It's not like they had polar bears on display though they did have one haggard looking grizzly, perhaps the most begrudged specimen calling Cali Zoo home.
Even with the varied species in prime condition running around in such splendid circumstance, however, were the animals the highlight for a couple of gringos bent on seeing Cali's number one attraction. No, it was during the week and as anyone who has ever visited a zoo when grade schools are in session knows, they are generally packed with hordes of classes scurrying about in excitedly animated fashion. Now, don't get me wrong, I like kids as much as the next person who doesn't have them, perhaps more, but as a rule, this is not my favorite time to visit a zoo or museum for that matter. I don't like crowds and noise, something kids are good at making, is not a big plus for me either. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
THE CHOLOS INDIANS. This is a...
THE CHOLOS INDIANS. This is a tribe that lives on the pacific coast, where the River San Juan dies on the ocean. The indians are not wild or anything like that, in fact they are nice people with a hard working live which have lived from centuries in the jungle. The handcraft things made by them are unique and beautiful. Many years ago, the used topless dresses, but with the invations of tourist, they started to cover up themselves with tshirts that were exchanged by their handcraft (WHAT A SHAME).
Its on the Corner of the trendy area of Ave 9 where many places to eat and shop.
I walk this area in the day and night time.
Watch your step the sidewalk is cracked and broken and uneven. I had the Lomo Portobello steak=great tender juicy steak 25,500, and Brigadeiro De Xocolate = Chocoalate tort with vanilla ice cream 7,900. The Chocolate tort cake came in a hot large bowl type with Vanilla ice cream was excellent. Very rich. and a coke 2,900 Pesos.
The zoo is located in the Western barrio of Santa Teresita. Admission is 7K pesos.
It is surprisingly nice and clean with fine views of Rio Cali. You can see Condors, monkeys, lion, tiger, etc. There is an aquarium as well.
There are several produce markets with fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, meat, grains and beans, but the best quality is Galería Alameda. One morning my new local friends, Claudia, Lenny and Ricardo, brought me there. Though this large market is somehow out of the way of the usual sightseeing, it was well worth a visit. I especially enjoyed the fruits area and ended up buying two bags full of delicious tropical fruits. Most of them, such as pitaya (this little weird yellow spiky fruit was my favourite), chirimoya and níspero (sapodilla), I never tried before.
You also find a good selection of beautiful tropical flowers (oh, I wished I could take some with me) and places with local food (tamales, arepas, sancocho). We stopped at the place with the greatest variety of fruit juices and had some delicious new flavours, such as lulo (naranjilla), curuba (banana passionfruit) and guanábana (soursop). Outside there are several shops with unique arts and crafts which were worth having a look as well.
It is open daily from 05:00am to 06:00pm.