Depart from your Cali hotel and venture to the commercial and social center of Cali, Plaza Caicedo. Absorb the tropical ambience of the square as you admire swaying palm trees and impressive colonial buildings; see the fabulous façade of the French Neoclassical National Palace and the modern magnificence of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Then, voyage to a serene riverside spot in the neighborhood of San Antonio to gain insight into Cali’s fascinating history; visit a nearby church that boasts intricate woodcarvings of 17th century saints, then capture panoramic city vistas on camera in the elevated churchyard. Browse stalls bursting with artisan treasures and listen to the melodious music of street performers before heading to your next destination.
See, too, the city’s oldest sacred structure of the Merced Church, a glimmering example of colonial architecture with a simple whitewashed façade. Enjoy a refreshing rest beside the fountains of Parque Panamericano, sampling local delicacies (own expense) from the appetizing selection listed below.
Revitalized, head to the quirky El Gato del Tio Park to marvel at the colossal cat sculpture in its center; photograph the enormous 3-ton statue then set out in search of the other 15 feline features scattered around the park.
Conclude your cultural excursion with spectacular city views from the Sebastien de Belalcazar viewpoint. Admire the impressive monument while learning about the historical significance of the Sebastien, and then relax during the return journey back to your hotel.