Destination guide: Cali, Colombia
Cali - also called “the Branch of Heaven” - is a city in south-western Colombia with a spring-like climate during most of the year and warmhearted and hospitable inhabitants, making it a favorite destination of travelers to South America. Cali is also considered one of the country’s main business hubs, due to its sugar industry.
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Cali - Things to do
Hacienda El Paraiso
Escape the city for a day and head to the old sugarcane plantations to see how the Colombian elite lived in the 19th century. Hacienda El Paraíso, a lovingly restored manor house, has been converted into a museum. It provides an insight into Cauca life, complete with literary connections - it's the setting of Jorge Isaacs' romantic period novel María.
Telephone Number: +57 2 256 2378
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 09:00-17:00
Address: Valle del Cauca
Iglesia de San Antonio
The small 1757 Iglesia de San Antonio is set atop a hill, the Colina de San Antonio, west of the old center. It shelters valuable tallas quiteñas, 17th-century carved-wood statues of the saints, representing the style known as the Quito School. The church also affords a good view of the city; it's just a 10-minute walk west of the Torre Mudéjar.
Latitude: 3.447597893099 / Longitude: -76.5421986579895
Address: San Antonio
Zoologico de Cali
The Zoológico de Cali has a good collection of species indigenous to Colombia, including chiguiros (capybaras), oso hormigueros (anteaters), condors, monkeys and a mariposario (butterfly enclosure). It’s 2km southwest of the center in Barrio Santa Teresita and is most easily accessed by taxi.
Opening hour :9am-5pm
Pricing: Admission COP$8000
Address: Address: cnr Carrera 2A Oeste & Calle 14 Oeste