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Headed to Cali? Here's what you shouldn't miss!

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Santiago de Cali ([sanˈtjaɣo ðe ˈkali]), or Cali, is the capital of the Valle del Cauca department, and the most populous city in southwest Colombia, with 2,227,642 residents according to the 2018 census. The city spans 560.3 km² (216.3 sq mi) with 120.9 km² (46.7 sq mi) of urban area, making Cali the second-largest city in the country by area and the third most populous after Bogotá and Medellín. As the only major Colombian city with access to the Pacific Coast, Cali is the main urban and economic center in the south of the country, and has one of Colombia's fastest-growing economies. The city was founded on 25 July 1536 by the Spanish explorer Sebastián de Belalcázar.

In Cali you will find some beautiful attractions that you just cannot miss! Places like Cali Zoo, Salsa Dancing and many more. Continue reading to know more.

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1. Cali Zoo

Visit the best zoo in Colombia, the Cali Zoo where it is home to a diverse species of animals and wildlife. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Visit the best zoo in Colombia, the Cali Zoo where it is home to a diverse species of animals and wildlife.

Cali Zoo, located in Cali, is regarded as the best zoo in the country as it features a variety of fauna and flora as well as over 200 diverse species of animals. It also prides itself on mimicking the natural environment of the animals in their respective closures which lessens the stress the animals feel. Visitors should not miss visiting the zoo as it also features exotic creatures that they would be able to see up close.

2. Salsa Dancing

A form of Salsa from Cali that involves intricate footwork, countless spins, and turns. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Mark Edward Harris Getty Image) A form of Salsa from Cali that involves intricate footwork, countless spins, and turns.

Cali Salsa is a dance form that is from the Columbian city of Cali. It is the main genre of dance and uptempo beats that are played in all celebrations, gatherings, and nightclubs thought-out Cali making it the Salsa Capital of the world. It is not just a dance form but an expression that symbolizes cultural values for the people of Cali.

3. Hike Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park offers vast space for outdoor activities as it is the largest park in the country. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Seckin Ozturk Getty Image) Tayrona National Park offers vast space for outdoor activities as it is the largest park in the country.

Tayrona National Park, located in Cali, is a must visit destination for tourists since it offers wonderful views of nature as well as wide space perfect for numerous outdoor activities. Those who love to go on sightseeing will love the park as it is situated between the sea and offers picturesque views of the two.

4. Cerro De Las Tres Cruces

Cerro De Las Tres Cruces is a famous destination for hikers as it features stunning views of nature. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Diegograndi Getty Image) Cerro De Las Tres Cruces is a famous destination for hikers as it features stunning views of nature.

Cerro De Las Tres Cruces, located in Cali, is a must-visit destination as it features magnificent panoramic views of the city. The mountain is said to feature a 1200 feet climb which is surely challenging but the picturesque view of nature and the city's skylines make the hike to the top all worth it.

5. Cristo Rey

Cristo Rey is one of the wonders of modern Colombia. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Harvey Meston Getty Image) Cristo Rey is one of the wonders of modern Colombia.

Cristo Rey also known as Christ the King is a 26 meters tall statue of Jesus Christ located in Cali, Colombia. The statue is built on a hill called Hill of Crystals or Cerro de Los Cristales. It was inaugurated in the year 1953. It is made up of iron and concrete. It is a major tourist attraction in the country. On top of the hill, there is a chapel and a parking lot. You can find a bunch of restaurants serving coffee, juices, snacks, and ice creams. Watching the Cristo Rey statue standing high on the mountain gives a fabulous experience.

6. Cali Tower

Cali Tower is a 46-story tower located in downtown Cali, Colombia, also known as Torre de Cali. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Cali Tower is a 46-story tower located in downtown Cali, Colombia, also known as Torre de Cali.

Cali Tower is the third tallest building in Colombia. This tower is built in International Style, currently houses a hotel, and is the landmark building of the city. This tower dominates the skyline. This tower has a total of 44 floors, opened in 1984. This tower has a full height of over 200 meters.

7. Museo Botero Del Banco De La Republica

Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica houses the works of Colombia's most famous artist, Fernando Botero. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica houses the works of Colombia's most famous artist, Fernando Botero.

Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, located in Cali, will surely delight the art enthusiasts as it houses the works of Fernando Botero who is one of the most celebrated artists in the country. The museum houses more than 123 drawings, paintings, and sculptures all made by Botero.

8. Iglesia La Ermita

Iglesia La Ermita is one of the country's iconic places and boasts beautiful architecture with historical importance. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Gilles Barbier Getty Image) Iglesia La Ermita is one of the country's iconic places and boasts beautiful architecture with historical importance.

Iglesia La Ermita, located in Cali, is a must-visit destination as it is known for its beautiful architectural design. It replaced a 17th-century chapel that was destroyed in an Earthquake in 1942. Since then, the Iglesia La Ermita remains to be an iconic landmark of the city as it features a historically significant background.

9. Parque Del Perro

Parque del Perro is a dog park in Cali, Colombia of San Fernando district. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) Parque del Perro is a dog park in Cali, Colombia of San Fernando district.

Parque del Perro has an important economic point of the city for gastronomic show and amount of boutiques and shops of the place. The statue at Parque del Perro pays homage to Teddy, the dog's name who was once a companion to a group of kids. This park is a great area to spend the evening with family and friends. A great place with lots of fun and a great picnic spot.

10. Plaza De Caicedo

The Plaza de Caicedo is the main square of Cali, Columbia, is a historic place. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Wikimedia Image) The Plaza de Caicedo is the main square of Cali, Columbia, is a historic place.

In the colonial era, this square was the meeting point of the first inhabitants of the city, was also used as a public market. This square was the starting point of the development of the city, quickly became the commerce of the city during its early years. This square is also full of life with street artists, food carts, a popular picnic spot for locals with its central gardens shaded by palm trees and walkways.

11. Ciudad Perdida

Ciudad Perdida is famously known as the lost city and is regarded to be an archeological site of an ancient city. © Provided by Microsoft Travel (Scottiebumich Getty Image) Ciudad Perdida is famously known as the lost city and is regarded to be an archeological site of an ancient city.

Ciudad Perdida, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Colombia, is a must-visit for those who want to learn more about the country's history. The only way to reach this ancient city is by trekking but the hard work will pay off as it offers a rich and vibrant reflection of what life was back in 800CE.

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