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Lake Calima

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Department:Valle del Cauca
Population:17,540 (2013)
Height:1,400 - 1,600 Mts SNM
Temperature:14ºC - 26ºC
Website:Lake Calima's Tourist Guide
Boat Rides

Lake Calima, Also known as Calima Dam, has become one of the mayor tourist sites in Colombia. With its strong and steady winds (up to 43 knots) all year round, Lake Calima is the best place in Colombia (third in the world) for water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Offers a wide variety of accommodation options, hotels with cabins right on the lake shore with restaurant and pool service, hotels in Darien's Downtown (nearest town), private villas with pool, jacuzzi and other ammenities, and Camping Sites also. If all this is added the landscape that meets and mixes jungle mountain peaks bathed in fog, sun glare on the mirror of the lake and architecture which highlights the Swiss chalet style, plus the warmth of its people smiling, you will know why you want to return to this paradise.

Located less than 100 kilometers from Cali, 150 km of the coffee Region and just 45 kilometers from Buga.

Get In

By Car

Driving from all major cities around is the only way to get to Lake Calima: From Coffee Region, or Airport get the "Vía Panorama" (highway) to Buga. Take the exit to Buenaventura, When you get Media Canoa (Cross Road or Round Point), continue to Buenaventura. You will pass Reserva Natural de Yotoco (Natural Reserve), then take the Darién Detour (Watch for the small sign). Drive 18 kilometers and will get Darién, the lake Calima's nearest town (less than 2 kilometers from public beach No. 5).

By Bus

There is only one bus company (TransCalima S.A.) that will take you to Lake Calima. You will get it only in Cali or Buga Bus Terminal.


  • Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Lake Calima has strong and steady winds all year round, ideal for kitesurfing lessons and practicing. Several Kitesurf schools offer courses and equipment rental.
  • Boat, Ferri, Banana Rides Several journeys to choose from and enjoy on boat, Ferri or banana. Sail in between the mist and watch the windsurfers and kitesurfers. Rush in to the waves riding a Banana.
  • Horseback Ridding Experience the nature while horseback ridding under bushes and trees around lake Calima. Watch birds and other species.