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Discover Cali Tour

Created with Sketch. Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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Daily Tour

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Group Size

4 people

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Languages

English, Spanish

Overview

Wondering if there is anything to do besides dance salsa? When you Discover Cali Tour – you will be in for a surprise! Visitors will find many fun and unique opportunities for eco-tourism both in and around the city. Whether you are in the nearby mountains feeling the wonder of a butterfly house, enjoying a breathtaking sunset, or taking a cool dip in the river on a hot day, this is for you! Experience the passion, the heat and the wildlife!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cali city tour (San Antonio, Parque del Rio, churches) // typical Valle del Cauca lunch at Andoke // Guided tour of Andoke Butterfly Reserve // Cristo Rey visit // free dinner in Cali // optional visit to salsa club for dancing & live music
  • San Cipriano day trip: early morning departure from Cali // brujitas ride into village // nature walks in the morning around village (birding available for those interested) // seafood lunch in San Cipriano // afternoon swimming, tubing, waterfall hike (depending on client’s fitness/interests) // Brujitas ride back and return to Cali 
  • Early morning departure to La Minga Ecolodge // breakfast at La Minga // Morning birding (easy to observe rare and endemic birds close-up at feeders) and forest walk // Lunch at La Minga & departure // stop at viewpoint on way back to enjoy Cali views // tour ends 

Itinerary

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Day 1 – Cali City Tour // Andoke Butterfly Reserve // Cristo Rey sunset
Day 1 – Cali City Tour // Andoke Butterfly Reserve // Cristo Rey sunset

Your Cali experience will begin with an immersive city tour, during which we will visit such highlights as the historical neighbourhood of San Antonio, the lovely River Park, and some of Cali’s famous churches. Once the tour is finished we will drive out of the city into the mountains to Andoke Butterfly Reserve.

At Andoke we will enjoy a lunch of typical foods from the Valle del Cauca region, before setting off on a guided butterfly tour through the reserve. The Andoke Foundation works hard to promote conservation and environmental education, and the butterfly reserve is home to more than 15 stunning species of rare Colombian butterflies – on our tour we will learn all about the life-cycle of butterflies before enjoying up-close sightings of some of these magical little insects. Colombia is home to the second highest number of butterfly species on earth, and Andoke is the perfect place to discover some of them.

Once our tour at Andoke is over, we will continue on to Cristo Rey. This giant statue was inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Christ the Redeemer’ and overlooks the giant sprawl of Cali. Here we will take in the breathtaking view and enjoy a stirring sunset over southwest Colombia’s largest city.

Tonight, if you are interested, there will the option of an additional trip to a local dance club to enjoy the smooth stylings of Cali’s most iconic musical genre: salsa! Whether you want to get involved with the frenetic dancing or simply enjoy the music with a drink, the choice is yours. (Note: choice of salsa club is dependent on the day of the week. There are salsa events 7-days-a-week in Cali, but different bars are best on different nights). 

Day 2 – San Cipriano Day Trip
Day 2 – San Cipriano Day Trip

Gear up for an awesome adventure today! We will depart bright and early from Cali for a day-trip to the Pacific jungle village of San Cipriano. Located within a Natural Reserve surrounded by lush lowland forest, San Cipriano is a real off-the-beaten-track gem and we will explore the best of it.

Arriving in San Cipriano is half the fun – the locals have overcome their isolation with the famous brujitas: motorbikes strapped to wooden benches, which zoom into the jungle on the old train-tracks like a real-life theme park ride. After the thrilling twenty minute ride into the jungle, we will reach San Cipriano. The morning will be spent enjoying a nature walk through the forest, where will look for rare endemic birds, tiny poison arrow frogs, and delicate orchids. 

After a delicious lunch of fresh Pacific seafood in the village, we will spend the afternoon enjoying the crystalline rivers surrounding San Cipriano. It’s your choice how you enjoy the experience: you can simply enjoy a refreshing swim in the cooling waters, take a tube into the jungle and float back to town, or take another jungle hike to a magical hidden waterfall. After a return ride on the exhilarating brujitas, it’s back to Cali for a much needed rest…

Day 3 – La Minga Ecolodge
Day 3 – La Minga Ecolodge

Cali is famous as Colombia’s most biodiverse city, and today’s trip really shows that off – we will leave Cali in the morning, driving up into the foothills of the Western Andes to La Minga Ecolodge. Breakfast will be served when we arrive, and we will then spend the morning enjoying the incredible birdwatching for which La Minga is famous. The hummingbird nectar feeders at this little cloud forest ecolodge attract more than 10 beautiful species, and the fruit feeders are frequented by rare Colombian endemics like the Multi-coloured Tanager. Keep your eyes out for Crested Quetzal and Crimson-rumped Toucanets during our gentle walk in the forest as well. After lunch we will head back to Cali, stopping along the way at the jaw-dropping viewpoint of Dagua to enjoy a final panoramic view over the vast Cauca River Valley and the city itself. 

The tour ends here, but make sure to check our other extension options: perhaps you’d like to head north to explore the Coffee Region, or deeper into the Pacific to the former prison-island natural paradise of Gorgona Island…

Included/Exclude

  • All accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts & 3 lunches
  • All tours and entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Dinners
  • Entrance to salsa club
  • Alcoholic beverages and additional drinks
  • Any activities not stated above

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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