Attractions in Cali, Colombia: What to do and where to go
In Cali, there are old buildings that form a part of the most important tourist attractions in the city. The majority of the churches, theaters and museums can be found in buildings featuring magnificent architecture that stand out from their modern counterparts. There are also a number of monuments that reflect the part of its history and its essence as a city. The presence of a great number of churches shows the devotion of the local population to religion.The "Sucursal del Cielo" (literally "the Branch Office of Heaven"), as Cali is known as, has an infinite number of attractions that form a part of an indescribable natural, cultural and artistic spectacle, things that definitely should be visited. Beautiful landscapes, plazas, parks and other such attractions make Cali one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia.
This monument (translated as the Christ King) was built in 1953 as an homage to peace and a symbol of protection for the locals. It is found on the top of Los Cristales Hill and is 85 feet tall. It has a lookout point where you can admire the wonderful panoramic view of the city of Cali.
Hill of the Three Crosses
This hill (known in Spanish as the "Cerro de las Tres Cruces") is one of the most representative icons of Cali and can be found in the mountains to the west. The Hill of the Three Crosses can be seen from any point of the city and is one of the major attractions of Cali. During Easter, there are many religious pilgrimages to this hill, which offers an incredible view of the city.
Sebastian de Belalcazar
This bronze monument was erected in honor of Sebastian de Belalcazar, conqueror of this beautiful city. It is a solemn statue that stands at a lookout point which provides for an excellent view of the city. It is located in La Arbeoleda neighborhood.
El Gato del Rio
This modern bronze sculpture of a cat can be found on the shores of the Cali River, in El Penon neighborhood. It was created by Hernan Tejeda and was the first piece of art that was installed as part of a project of renovation of this part of the river.
The National Natural Park of The Farallones of Cali
Known as the "Parque Nacional Natural de los Farallones de Cali", this park is one of the richest parks (in terms of flora and fauna) in the region. It is located in the Cordillera Oriente mountain range and is made up of the municipalities of Cali, Jamundi, Dagua and Pacifico. If you love ecotourism, don't pass up the opportunity to visit this interesting attraction. It is 20 minutes away from the city of Cali. Rivers, mountains and places like Pico de Loro, Topacio, Pance and the Teresita are excellent for camping, hiking and observing animals in their natural habitat.
Museum of Archeology La Merced
The Museo Arqueologico La Merced (as it is called in Spanish) is a construction that goes back to the 18th century and is located in downtown Cali, surrounded by modern buildings. The museum exhibits pieces from pre-Colombian cultures from the Cauca Valley as well as colonial architectural pieces. It is an important place for the locals because it was where the first mass was held in thanksgiving, after the founding of Cali. It is also the site of the Church of La Merced.
The Modern Art and Cinematography Museum, La Tertulia
Considered one of the most representative and beautiful pieces of architecture in Cali, it has over 1,300 works of art by well-known artists that include sculptures, paintings, drawings, engravings, among other objects. It is also a culture center that has two exhibition rooms, an outdoor theater, an art house theater, as well as an engraving and restoration workshop.
Museum of Colonial Religious Art
The Museo de Arte Colonial Religioso (as it is known) has a valuable collection of colonial and religious art, crafted in distinct materials such as stone, plaster, wood and silver. There are also oil, mural, textile paintings as well as on furniture. These works of art make up the colonial period from the 15th to the 19th century.
Federico Carlos Lehmann Museum of Natural Sciences
The Museo de Ciencias Naturales Federico Carlos Lehman is one of the most complete museums in Colombia, due to the fact that it has an impressive collection of ethnographic, archeological and paleontological pieces. The museum was created with the idea of creating awareness among the general public about the importance of the preservation of natural resources.
Museum of Gold Calima
This museum exhibits important pieces made of ceramic, stone, gold and conch shell. The purpose of this museum (called the Museo de Oro Calima, in Spanish) is to show how the indigenous that lived on the banks of the Calima River subsisted as well as the tools they had used.
Visit the zoo, an opportunity to come in contact with nature and appreciate the importance that these animals have on the environment. There are different areas like a butterfly house, an aviary and an amazing aquarium. You can also learn about different amphibians, primates, reptiles and African animals.
This is a church designed with gothic architecture and based on the design of the Catedral de Ulm, located in Germany. It was constructed in 1678, under the name of Ermita de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad del Rio (Chapel of Our Lady of Solitude of the River). The church was destroyed by an earthquake and after the reconstruction, it became one of the most important icons of the city of Cali.
Metropolitan Cathedral of San Pedro
Found in the center of the city, it is next to the famous Plaza de Caicedo. Its architecture is neoclassic and inside, there is a beautiful silver altar and a valuable collection of religious art.
Temple of San Francisco
This beautiful work of Mudejar-style architecture was constructed between the 17th and 19th centuries, made up of the Capilla de la Inmaculada, the Convento de San Joaquin, the Iglesia de San Francisco as well as a religious art museum.
Chapel of San Antonio
This is considered a colonial construction, built in 1747. Its fascade has brick detail while the interior has beautiful 300 year-old paintings. When visiting, take in the incredible panoramic view of Cali.
Municipal Theater Enrique Buenaventura
This theater came about as a space to promote culture through the presentation of diverse artistic and cultural events. Its construction started in 1927 and now, you can admire the magnificent detail of Italian architecture.
Botanic Garden of Cali
This is an excellent option to learn more about the flora and fauna of this attractive destination called Cali. The garden is divided into sections and each one offers interesting information on the different uses of the plants in the garden. There are also research activities on the sustainable use of the natural resources of the area as well as programs of environmental awareness.
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