Cali is known by the rest Colombia as the “Rumba Capital” and by the world as the “Salsa Capital”, thanks to its characteristic street parties and dance.

The historical downtown of Cali and its houses are the most important and impressive buildings of the city. This historic area include from Avenida Colombia to Carrera 10 and from Calle 5 to Calle 15. This space is a set of places such as streets, plazas, old buildings where public and private institutions operate, religious temples and civil establishments. All of this make this tour a really good option with multiple recreation and learning opportunities for tourists and locals.

The tour of the Cali’s historic center begins in the Plaza de Cayzedo, the neighborhoods La Merced, Santa Rosa, and San Cayetano, which preserve the oldest and most emblematic buildings of the city, which were declared a National Monument in 1959. Despite that some buildings have been restored, there are many that still preserve the Colonial style of the time of its construction, for example: the religious complex San Francisco, the Ermita Church, the Municipal Theater, the Jorge Isaacs Theater, the National Palace, the Coltabaco Building and the religious complex of La Merced.

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For the past nineteen years, in December, there has been an event called “La Misa de Mi Pueblo” which celebrates religious acts such as processions, Eucharistic celebrations in different churches and cultural activities around the historic center of Cali.

Do not miss the opportunity of walking through the streets of the past and rebuild the memory of a colonial Cali. Start your journey from the Carrera 1 to Carrera 10 and follow the road from Calle 5 to Calle 15. At each step, you will find one of these magical places.

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