Cali is located in southwestern Colombia and faces the vast Pacific Ocean. It is regarded as the world’s salsa capital because of the city’s fondness with salsa music and dance. The city is also considered the sports capital of Colombia because it has hosted some of the biggest national and international sports events in the country.
Of all the things to do in Cali, trying the city’s authentic salsa dance is a must! Various nightclubs and bars play salsa music at night and you can party with the locals and learn a few dance moves or, if you don’t like to sweat it out, you can just watch this dance on the sideline instead.
You can also do your usual sightseeing and you will not be disappointed with Cali’s collection of museums, historic churches, and parks.
Zoologico de Cali is the city’s zoo where you can find Bengal tigers, birds, butterflies, and other wild and domesticated animals. One of the unique museums that anyone can visit is the Caliwood Museo De La Cinematografia where you can see classic video cameras, film projectors, and other items related to the film and cinema industry.
When you spend an exciting Colombian holiday in Cali, check out the city’s several stadiums and arenas, plus a number of small sports venues. You can catch a game of professional football and a host of other sports such as basketball, volleyball, and marathon.
Cali has a tropical savanna climate featuring dry and wet seasons. The dry season, also called as the summer season by the locals, experiences daytime highs of 34 to 36 °C (93 to 97 °F) and nighttime lows of 18 to 19 °C (64 to 66 °F). During the city’s rainy or winter season, average daytime highs range from 28 to 29 °C (82 to 84 °F) while nighttime lows average at 16 to 17 °C (61 to 63 °F).
The two rainy seasons in Cali are from March through May and from October through November, although rain showers can still fall at any time of the year.
The Cali Fair, locally known as La Feria de Cali, is celebrated in late December and features salsa concerts, athletic events, bullfights, cultural exhibits, and parades. There is also a Summer Salsa Festival in early July which hosts different salsa competitions and concerts.
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