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'''Cali''' [http://www.cali.gov.co/] is a city in southwestern [[Colombia]], capital of the [[Valle del Cauca]] department. It has about 2 million inhabitants and is a significant industrial and commercial center of activity in Colombia.  Being at around 1,000 meters above sea level it tends to have a warm midday and afternoon with nice Pacific Ocean breezes while nights are cool. Cali is today's world capital of salsa, claiming that competitive distinction even over Colombia's other vibrant big city party scenes, which keep the music going long into the late hours of the morning.
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'''Cali''' [http://www.cali.gov.co/] is a city in southwestern [[Colombia]], capital of the [[Valle del Cauca]] department. It has about 2 million inhabitants and is a significant industrial and commercial center of activity in Colombia.  Being at around 1,000 meters above sea level it tends to have a warm midday and afternoon with nice Pacific Ocean breezes while nights are cool.
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It's best known for its salsa music.
  
 
==Get in==  
 
==Get in==  
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
From the ''Terminal de transportes'' you can choose between many different regional, national and domestic destinations. Expreso Bolivariano leaves Terminal de Transportes, Bogotá, regularly throughout the day and night with journeys taking between 10 and 12 hours to reach Cali. Tickets are priced between $55.000 and $70.000 pesos depending on luxury, availability and time of departure (as of August 2015).
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From the ''Terminal de transportes'' you have choices of many different regional, national and domestic destinations. Expreso Bolivariano leaves Terminal de Transportes, Bogotá, regularly throughout the day and night with journeys taking between 10 and 12 hours to reach Cali. Tickets are priced between $55.000 and $70.000 pesos depending on luxury, availability and time of departure (as of August 2015).
  
 
The trip from the airport to the terminal lasts around 20-30 minutes and you can do it either by taxi (45,000 COP) or mini-van (6,500 COP - May 2017). Walking out the terminal via the tunnel towards the west and along Avenida 3N connects you to the closest MIO Bus Stop (Avenida de Las Américas - GPS: 3.463587,-76.525299) with a Ticket Office, from here you can connect to just about anywhere in the city. The maps in the MIO station list which bus numbers stop at which stations, so simply work your trip backwards connecting bus numbers.
 
The trip from the airport to the terminal lasts around 20-30 minutes and you can do it either by taxi (45,000 COP) or mini-van (6,500 COP - May 2017). Walking out the terminal via the tunnel towards the west and along Avenida 3N connects you to the closest MIO Bus Stop (Avenida de Las Américas - GPS: 3.463587,-76.525299) with a Ticket Office, from here you can connect to just about anywhere in the city. The maps in the MIO station list which bus numbers stop at which stations, so simply work your trip backwards connecting bus numbers.
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Avianca has VIP lounges in both terminals, domestic (5:00 - 22:00 daily) and international. The international VIP lounge is good for Priority Pass members or 29 USD per entry, located after security. Due to renovations in the terminals, some domestic Avianca passengers can not access the domestic VIP lounge.
 
Avianca has VIP lounges in both terminals, domestic (5:00 - 22:00 daily) and international. The international VIP lounge is good for Priority Pass members or 29 USD per entry, located after security. Due to renovations in the terminals, some domestic Avianca passengers can not access the domestic VIP lounge.
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Current Iberia flights from Madrid will end on June 2017.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around the city. Only use official cars and its strongly recommended to call for one if possible (you may call the local numbers 444 44 44 (this service also has android app : search "taxis libres cali" in Androoid Market), 555 55 55, or 660 60 60 and ask for one, your name and destination will be registered in the head office). Make sure the driver starts the meter running. The meters count units, not in the local currency. The minimum fare during daytime is 4,200 COP, after 20:00, on sundays and  holidays it's 5,300 COP. Every unit is 84 COP and is marked every 80 meters or 50 seconds of waiting.  Do not leave your luggage inside the taxi while you are not around as sometimes drivers drive off as soon as you are out the taxi with your luggage still in the trunk. '''In any case, many of the taxi drivers are nice and gentle people and have some good stories to tell''', which makes for a far more rewarding experience if you speak or understand Spanish at a reasonable level.  Be sure to pay what they ask because they will call the cops and not let you out until receiving the full fare.
 
Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around the city. Only use official cars and its strongly recommended to call for one if possible (you may call the local numbers 444 44 44 (this service also has android app : search "taxis libres cali" in Androoid Market), 555 55 55, or 660 60 60 and ask for one, your name and destination will be registered in the head office). Make sure the driver starts the meter running. The meters count units, not in the local currency. The minimum fare during daytime is 4,200 COP, after 20:00, on sundays and  holidays it's 5,300 COP. Every unit is 84 COP and is marked every 80 meters or 50 seconds of waiting.  Do not leave your luggage inside the taxi while you are not around as sometimes drivers drive off as soon as you are out the taxi with your luggage still in the trunk. '''In any case, many of the taxi drivers are nice and gentle people and have some good stories to tell''', which makes for a far more rewarding experience if you speak or understand Spanish at a reasonable level.  Be sure to pay what they ask because they will call the cops and not let you out until receiving the full fare.
[http://www.paginasamarillas.com.co/busqueda/taxis-cali Taxis in Cali],[http://www.dottransfers.com/colombia/cali/ Private Car Service]. Other Taxi apps such as Uber are currently operating in the city.
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[http://www.paginasamarillas.com.co/busqueda/taxis-cali Taxis in Cali],[http://www.dottransfers.com/colombia/cali/ Private Car Service]
 
 
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
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*'''El Parque De La Canya''' is the biggest waterpark located in Colombia, with also the biggest water ride in South America.  The water park is located in Barrio El Tronkal near the military base in Cali.  Tickets are very cheap, there approximately $22 dollars per person.  They have rides for adults as well, after 11 p.m the park turns into a club for adults only. Great amusement Park, must see.
 
*'''El Parque De La Canya''' is the biggest waterpark located in Colombia, with also the biggest water ride in South America.  The water park is located in Barrio El Tronkal near the military base in Cali.  Tickets are very cheap, there approximately $22 dollars per person.  They have rides for adults as well, after 11 p.m the park turns into a club for adults only. Great amusement Park, must see.
  
* '''Salsa Learning''': There's a lot of salsa schools in Cali. You could do 2-3 group classes and do just fine in salsa clubs, as most caleños and tourists just dance whatever when they hear salsa music. For the serious student, a few notes: 1) Most people in Cali don't dance anything remotely close to the crazy steps you see on youtube videos. They just dance simple steps. 2) The most danced styles in the world are Cuban. To get the most out of salsa caleña, focus on the leading and following techniques as those can be transferred to other styles of salsa, instead of having a vast array of combos and steps. 3)Group classes will be useless to you. If you want to get good in salsa caleña in the short while you'll stay in Cali, private classes are the way to go. 4) Pick your school carefully. Some schools seem to focus on the mindless repetition of crazy steps, which frankly, you won't use that much on the dance floor.
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* '''Salsa Learning''': There's a lot of salsa schools in Cali. You could do 2-3 group classes and do just fine in salsa clubs, as most caleños and tourists just dance whatever when they hear salsa music. For the serious student, a few notes: 1) Most people in Cali don't dance anything remotely close to the crazy steps you see on youtube videos. They just dance simple steps. 2) The most danced styles in the world are Cuban, on1 and on2. To get the most out of salsa caleña, focus on the leading and following techniques as those can be transferred to other styles of salsa, instead of having a vast array of combos and steps. 3)Group classes will be useless to you. If you want to get good in salsa caleña in the short while you'll stay in Cali, private classes are the way to go. 4) Pick your school carefully. Some schools seem to focus on the mindless repetition of crazy steps, which frankly, you won't use that much on the dance floor.
  
 
* '''La 66''' - Is one of the most visited streets in Cali, it is also located in the South of Cali.  La 66 is a street full of clubs, bars, and restaurants that are open 24/7.  Music and partying never stops in this street. Great place  to attend when you have no plans.  Great places for young adults and older folks. Great food in every corner.
 
* '''La 66''' - Is one of the most visited streets in Cali, it is also located in the South of Cali.  La 66 is a street full of clubs, bars, and restaurants that are open 24/7.  Music and partying never stops in this street. Great place  to attend when you have no plans.  Great places for young adults and older folks. Great food in every corner.

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