Hidden deep in tropical rainforest on the Pacific side of the mountain range, San Cipriano is a little town of 500 inhabitants of African descendants, a couple of hours from Cali, just off the Cali - Buenaventura road. Remote and almost inaccessible, it has no roads and the river is too shallow. To overcome this problem, locals have invented a unique transportation system to get from nearby Córdoba to San Cipriano. They use wooden pallets (where people sit) that move under the influence of motorcycle power. It's a very unusual but memorable journey through the jungle which takes 20 minutes.
Although the town itself is little more than a single dirt road lined with wooden huts, San Cipriano has great atmosphere. You can hike into the jungle along a truly beautiful one-hour trail out of town, very green and relaxing. There are several waterfalls you can walk to. Swimming in the crystal clear river is another delight, and you can go inner-tubing along much of its length. The area is also good for birdwatching.
Numerous locals offer basic rooms in simple wooden houses and they serve cheap meals as well. San Cipriano is a popular weekend destination to Caleños but during the week you'll probably have the place to yourself.
one of the most notable works of the Romantic movement in Spanish literature is the novel, Maria, by Jorge Isaacs which was published in 1867. This book tells the story of Maria who actually lived in this hacienda many years ago. For a small fee, you get to enter the home, get a tour (in spanish), and can walk through the gardens. This is where I asked my mother-in-law for permission to marry my wife. This place has special meaning to Colombians who are romantics as most everyone in the country loves the story of Maria.
Outside the home is some street venders selling all types of local food and a couple of restaurants you can have lunch at. I recommend trying the mamoncillos which are a type of fruit that is very tasty.
El Paraiso is about 40 minutes north of Cali in El Cerrito. I would suggest just renting a taxi for the day. Make sure you have a local with you who can negotiate with the driver....once you open your mouth, the driver will try to take advantage of the tourist and charge much higher prices.
When I was told the park was about 3 hours away from Cali and that we would drive there... I wasn't excited about it! Apparently the roads were safe theses days but still...
On our way there, a group of military stopped us to check our ID's. After reading terrifying stories on the military and Colombian backroads I got really nervous but made sure I spoke no spanish and let my friends do the talking.
Actually, that stop proved to be helpful and nice... We continued... drove pass the mango grove giving shade to cofee plants... lovely!
In the end, the park is a great place to spend a fun day with friends!
You have all sorts of rides, attractions, food stands, and safe walks to do in an absolutely beautiful place! The landscapes and views you'll get are gorgeous!
The teleferico gives you a nice overview of the park and the coffee plantations!!!!!!
Daily flights from Bogota to Armenia + a 15 min bus ride to the park from Armenia for 1000 pesos
Or, a bus for 13 000 pesos running every half hour from or to Cali (the company's called expresso trejos or expresso Palmira)
LADRILLEROS BEACH. Once you get to Juanchaco beach, you just walk about 1/2 hour either by the shore (when low tide allows it) or through the top of the mountain that separetes the two beaches. THis beach is more wide open into the ocean and the currents are more stronght.
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.
THE PACIFIC COAST. Its wild, inhabited by modern life, pure virgin jungle full of fauna, flora and native people, which some of then still have their ancients y tradicional cultures. The beaches are the largest you can find in Colombia. AND THEY ARE JUST FOR YOU to enjoy. Its climate is very hot and humid year round. Most of the nights it rains.
CALIMA LAKE (Lago Calima). The number 1 gate away place for the people of cali. Its about 1 1/2 hours from cali way into the mountains. The Calima Lake offer all water sports you can think off, or place just for you to relax with the hot sun during the day and a cold weather during the nite.
Someone hand painted this drawing on this wall in CAli.
From inside the Caliplaza hotel walk to your left then make a right on the corner across the street from a deli sandwhich shop is this drawing.