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Talking about Colombia is talking about Santiago de Cali, capital city of the department named Valle del Cauca and the third most densely populated city in the country. Its population now stands at about two million.


Santiago de Cali is one of the country's main economic and industrial centers. Moreover, it is a point of reference in the southwestern area of Colombia because of its urban, industrial, economic and rural development.


The name of the city is a compound, as was the custom for most Spanish cities founded in America. The first part of the name Santiago de Cali honors Saint James the apostle (Santiago in Spanish).


On the other hand, there are several possibilities for the origin of the word "Cali". While some attribute it to a mispronunciation of the word "Lilí", the name of a local tribe, others believe that the word "Cali" has Quechua origin.


This last theory could be confirmed by the fact that the word Cali was introduced by the Yanaconas Indians that came from Ecuador serving Sebastian de Belalcázar since there is an indigenous town named "Cali Cali" near Quito.

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Bed and Breakfast Cali Accommodation

Through it is possible to make reservations by phone or on-line for accommodation in Hotels, Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Apart-Hotels or Resorts located in different spots of the city.

In order to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant stay near your area of interest it is possible to book a hotel downtown Cali or in different areas of the city

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Sightseens & Tours in Santiago de Cali

This city, commonly known as The Sultana del Valle (Sultana of the Valley), offers a large number of tourist attractions and a wide array of recreation facilities.


Among the many attractions Cali has to offer, historic sites, protected areas, squares, museums and tempting nightclubs among others are some of the main ones.


The Granada district, the Plaza de Caicedo (Caicedo Square), the Cerro de las Tres Cruces (Three Crosses Hill), the Zoo, the Belalcázar viewpoint, the Pance River and the Enrique Buenaventura Municipal Theatres are highly interesting sights not to be missed.


Moreover, the friendly and cheerful people and the variety of activities that can be enjoyed here make this city even more inviting. In the Avenida Sexta (Sixth Avenue), the Fortaleza or Juanchito it is possible to feel the best rumba and other popular dances.

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Municipal Theatre


Cali, Capital city of the Rumba

Cali is, beyond dispute, the capital of the "rumba", the street parties and salsa. Natives have developed a unique recreational culture, including natural forms of recreation and hedonism.


One striking example of this is the fact that even today people in Cali worship their rivers. Every Sunday they travel en masse to the cold currents that flow down the mountains, mainly to the Pance river, and take enjoyable baths there.


At night, dancing becomes the chief attraction and the rumba comes to its climax at the beginning of the year when the Feria de la Caña (Sugar Cane Fair) is held, happening at the same time of the bullfighting season. It is the main cultural event in the city beyond doubt.



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