Cali has often been called the Salsa Capital of the World — and it is, at least for the version of salsa that was born here, the fast-paced salsa caleña. Therefore, it’s not surprising to find dance festivals all year round in Cali. So, bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the best that this city has to offer.
It’s an accepted fact: Colombians eat lots of meat. Just look at the national dish, the bandeja paisa: with four kinds of meat, it is a silent witness to Colombia’s love of meat. But don’t despair, vegetarians. There is still plenty for you to eat in Bogotá.
If you’re looking for something completely Colombian to take back home from your trip to Santa Marta, consider the hats, bags, candies and coffee, made by local and regional residents, that reveal the culture of the area.
Just walking down almost any street in Bogota is enough to convince a person that street art is not only popular in this city, but that it is also well done. This growing phenomenon has filled Bogota with murals that range from political and social statements (dealing with indigenous rights, political injustices, and animal rights) to decorative and humorous themes.
Cartagena is an ideal city to explore on foot. The slow pace of walking allows you to discover the special details of the city: tiny museums, delicious street food, local culture. The city is known for its gorgeous boutique hotels hiding behind immense wood doors, each one with a story to tell. In Cartagena, everything is close by.
In Medellin, eating is all about tradition and the taste of home-cooked food. Many of the meals are based on the ingredients that are common in the area: beans, corn, avocado, chorizo (sausage) and chicharrón (fried pork rinds).
There are plenty of day trips from Cali to tropical destinations like sugar cane plantations, colonial towns, national parks and lakes. Along the way, take a ride on a human-powered railroad and visit an Afro-Colombian village in the jungle.