The best Cali city tour with a local guide

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On our last trip, we finally went to Cali, and it’s fair to say that the city surprised us, and in a good way! During our stay we were lucky enough to meet Natalia, a Caleña who offers guided tours of Cali like no other!

It was the perfect opportunity to try this out for yourself, and to be accompanied by a local on a tour of Cali– what could be better? We think we’ve been very lucky, and that our impression of Cali would probably not have been the same without the day we spent with Natalia.

As you know, we love meeting the locals and having enriching, human experiences, and well, Natalia’s visits combine all that. So we’re delighted to be able to offer you guided tours of Cali that will help you discover the city of salsa in a whole new way.

These tours are available from the moment you arrive in Cali! For all Natalia’s tips and tricks for the rest of your stay in the salsa capital of the world!

Disclaimer: we apologize in advance for any grammatical or syntactic errors, as our native language is not English (we're a Colombian-French couple), so we hope you'll forgive us and still enjoy the information we share with you! Please note that all the information on our blog is based on our own experience, and is checked and updated regularly.

Guided tours of Cali

CityTour in Cali

The best Cali city tour with a local guide

When you visit a city in general, you want to know more about its history, monuments, etc., but also about its people, traditions and little secrets!

This guided tour of Cali does just that. We were lucky enough to visit the center of Cali with Natalia and learn more about this city with its rich and tumultuous history.

With Natalia we wandered through the iconic sites of downtown Cali while listening to the stories of the elders and locals. What we liked best about this tour of Cali was that, being with a local, we felt more confident about discovering the center. You can discover streets, places and stories that you wouldn’t discover on your own, and it’s a great way to interact with other locals.

What you can discover on your tour of Cali

Natalia’s guided tour of Cali’s historic center will take you through the architectural complex of the Merced church, where very different architectural styles come face to face. You’ll discover the superb riverside landscaping, the Bulevar del Río and the Gato del río, the Paseo de las aves and pass by the famous Museo de la Tertulia.

The tour also includes a visit to the monument to Jairo Valera, Cali’s most famous salsa singer and composer! Finally, the impressive view of Cali from Cristo Rey and the little secrets of the San Antonio district round off an emotionally-charged guided tour of Cali!

PRACTICAL INFO ON THE CALI GUIDED TOUR

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price for 2 people: $350.000 COP ($175.000 per pers.)
Price for 3 people or more: $130.000 COP per pers.
Transportation during the tour is included in the price

Contact Natalia for a guided tour

Tour Cali Natalia (#20)

To contact directly Natalia, our local partner in Cali, you can use the form below. You won’t pay more, but it will let her know you’re from us.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t hear from our partner within 72 hours, please check your SPAMS first before contacting us.

Popular Salsa tour

Guided tours in Cali

The best Cali city tour with a local guide

Cali is the Salsa capital of Colombia, and this music is truly part of the DNA of the city and its people! So what could be better than discovering real, popular salsa with the locals?

Thanks to Natalia and her knowledge of the popular places where salsa has been traditionally danced in Cali for generations, we were lucky enough to experience a truly magical moment .

With her Salsa in Cali Tour, you’ll discover places that are difficult to discover on your own as a tourist, and understand the history and importance of Salsa in Cali. Emblematic places of Cali salsa, where you can meet traditional “bailadores” dancers and share unique moments.

TO DO WITH A GUIDE OR A LOCAL

For those of you who think “I’m going to go into this neighborhood on my own, guides are useless”! We don’t recommend walking alone in the Obrero district without being accompanied by a local. Firstly, for safety reasons. And secondly, because the Salsotecas have their own social codes which you need to know to respect the area.

What you can discover on the Salsa Tour in Cali

The tour begins in the Obrero district, one of Cali’s most popular neighborhoods, where salsa has always played an important role. You’ll visit the Nellyteca and/or other places in the area. These are popular lounges where traditional salsa is danced , and where dancers (mostly older) gather from 4pm onwards to dance, have a few drinks (or more) and have a good time.

Afterwards, enjoy the atmosphere of one of Cali’s oldest and most representative dance halls: La viejoteca de Pardollada, near the bus station.

The tour continues in the open air around the Boulevar del rio, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of the local gastronomy in a nice local place. And finally, Natalia will take you to the terrace of the Mulato Cabaret, a place that has gained a lot of fame thanks to its salsa shows: El mulato y su swing latino, 11-time world salsa champions!

PRACTICAL INFO ON CALI’S SALSA TOUR

Tour duration: 4 hours
Price for 2 people: $490.000 COP ($245.000 per pers.)
Price for 3 or more people: $180.000 COP per pers.
Price includes transportation, local food and beverage tasting. Price does not include: Entrance fees and individual drinks in the places visited.

Contact Natalia to book the SALSA guided tour

Tour Cali Natalia (#20)

To contact directly Natalia, our local partner in Cali, you can use the form below. You won’t pay more, but it will let her know you’re from us.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t hear from our partner within 72 hours, please check your SPAMS first before contacting us.

Responsible tourism in Cali

City tour in Cali

Natalia was born in Cali and lived part of her life in France before returning to her beloved city. She’s a Caleña who’s very sensitive to her city’s culture and committed to providing authentic, personal experiences .

For us, taking an interest in a culture and going beyond clichés by meeting its inhabitants is part of responsible tourism.

Natalia’s tours provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Caleña history and society, while allowing you to meet the locals.

Her tours include visits to popular and not necessarily touristy places to promote understanding and cultural exchange. We highly recommend this experience, as it will give you a whole new perspective on Cali and its people!

Contact Natalia to visit Cali

Tour Cali Natalia (#20)

To contact directly Natalia, our local partner in Cali, you can use the form below. You won’t pay more, but it will let her know you’re from us.

IMPORTANT: If you don’t hear from our partner within 72 hours, please check your SPAMS first before contacting us.

Where to stay in Cali

Cali, the best hotels, Granada

Hotel Casa del Hidalgo Cali

Hotel

Hotel Casa del Hidalgo Cali

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

La Casa del Hidalgo is located close to the Rio Cali in the Granada district. With its refreshing swimming pool and Turkish bath, this hotel offers a tastefully decorated ambience. A good option, highly rated by travelers.

Cali, the best hotels, Granada

Leclerc Hotel Boutique

Hotel

Leclerc Hotel Boutique

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

A boutique hotel in the Granada district, perfectly located and offering quality service. Good breakfast, warm welcome and comfortable rooms, what else?

Cali, the best hotels, Miraflores

Oasis Cali Hostel

Hostal

Oasis Cali Hostel

Dormitory : $25.000 to $50.000/Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

L’Oasis is a classic budget hostal with an established reputation. You’ll find the good atmosphere of a hostal in the Miraflores district

Cali, the best hotels, San Antonio

Moonshine Hotel

Hotel

Moonshine Hotel

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

The Moonshine Hostel is a great option for those who want a nice double room with a great terrace all to themselves! Ideally located in San Antonio, the Moonshine was our second accommodation option in Cali during our stay.

Cali, the best hotels, San Antonio

Hotel Magic Garden

Hotel

Hotel Magic Garden

Double room : $100.000 to $150.000 COP

This is where we stayed during our stay in Cali, and we recommend it with our eyes closed! Superbly located right next to the park in the San Antonio district, Cali’s best neighborhood, it feels like home, the breakfasts are top-notch and the view from the terrace is brilliant.

Cali, the best hotels, Miraflores

Blue Garden House

Hotel

Blue Garden House

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

If you’re looking for a hotel on a quiet street and in a quiet neighborhood, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, Jardin Azul is surely an option for you. A simple, clean hotel in the Miraflores district, with the sweet advantage of a small swimming pool! And in Cali’s heat, that’s something to be appreciated!

Cali, the best hotels, San Antonio

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Hostal

Hostal Ruta Sur

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

A hostel recommended by our readers, located near San Antonio Park in a superb colonial house. Friendly staff, cleanliness, comfort and above all peace and quiet! Lots of private rooms available, and a dormitory area too. No restaurants on site, but the neighborhood is full of them!

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We are Angélica and Samuel, a French-Colombian couple, professional photographers and web editors specializing in travel to Colombia. We created this blog to change the image of the country, help you prepare your trip and inspire you to discover Colombia in a different way!

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