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Are you visiting Cali? Here are 8 places you should definitely visit

Cali is a vibrant, fun Colombian city southwest of Bogota, where you can spend several days without noticing time going by.

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If you have an obsession with salsa, then you are in the right spot where everyone would love to dance with you. But is it Cali only a fun place for those who love dancing? Certainly not. Cali is a vibrant, fun Colombian city where you can spend several days without noticing time going by. Here are the best Cali attractions for you and your friends or family.

1. Barrio San Antonio

San Antonio neighborhood

This funky neighborhood is the oldest part of the city and it’s great for a walk through its narrow streets. Full of charming trendy cafeterias, themed bars, and upmarket restaurants, this is the place you will enjoy yourselves drinking and eating and having fun.

This place carries in time town’s history and has plenty of eccentric buildings, where lots of Colombian artists and writers lived but now is the spot for some drinks and coffee.

Up the hill is located Iglesia San Antonio, where you can see the church and get some great views of the town and the valley.

2. Iglesia de San Antonio

Iglesia de San Antonio

On the west of the historical center, you can find Iglesia de San Antonio. Iglesia de San Antonio was built in 18th-century and contains a number of marvelous wood-carved religious artifacts. The park that surrounds the church gives some excellent views of the city, a place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views.

3. Cristo Rey

The Cristo Rey statue

Not as famous as Christ the Redeemer in Rio, this statue stands 26 meters high and it’s on top of a hill overlooking the city. the views are superb, You’ll have one of the best views of Cali so don’t let the momentum get you cellphone out and make some breathtaking instagram photos. You’ll find a few vendors if you find you need a snack or a fresh juice.

4. Mariposario Andoke

Butterfly at Mariposario Andoke

Located just outside the city, Mariposario Andoke is a huge butterfly farm with over 15 elegant species. A series of complex walking areas writh through the guides who do a fantastic job of explaining the life cycles of these beautiful creatures.

5. Zoológico de Cali

The Cali Zoo

Widely considered to be the best zoo in Colombia and also one of the most beautiful in South America, the Zoológico de Cali is a must. Among the exotic animals, they have a large collection of animals that are native to Colombia, lots from all over South America, and even lions, tigers, and kangaroos that make you feel like you’re in the middle of a jungle.

The Cali River runs right through it, plus there are fish ponds, native flora, and freely roaming iguanas and peacocks all about and it’s a great day out for the whole family.

6. Galería Alameda

The entrance of Galería Alameda

If you are a taste expert or you just enjoy the food you must visit one of the most exotic markets in Cali where you can see the vibrant heart of Colombia. Galería Alameda extends nearly in a whole block and you can find anything among exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs, you can try Cali specialties like champus and lulado, be sure to have some Colombian ceviche and if all these are not enough then some love potions and homemade medicines.

7. Iglesia La Ermita

Iglesia La Ermita

If you are looking for the Colombian Sagrada Familia then you ‘ve just found it.

Built in the center of town, construction began in 1930 and finished in 1948. The design incorporates Dutch windows, French church bells, Italian marble, and inspiration from a cathedral in Germany.

8. Parque Artesanal Loma De La Cruz

Parque Artesanal Loma De La Cruz

If you are a shopaholic this is the place to be. Within the park, you can purchase handicrafts from artists that make their art on spot and you can purchase them instantly. In the evenings there is usually something going on like dancing salsa or a live music event or guinea pig gambling.