Cali, Colombia Quick Facts

About Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Valle del Cauca, a region of exceptional beauty and plentiful resources, is one of the most captivating places in Colombia. Its spectacular landscapes, the diversity of its climates, its wonderful rivers and forests as well as its booming cities, make this department a fascinating place.
It lies in western Colombia and its surface covers an area of 22,140 square kilometers. Nearly four and a half million people live there. Along its Pacific Ocean coastline are beaches, while inland are the Andes Mountains. The department is a leading producer of sugar, rice, tobacco, and coffee.
Valle del Cauca’s capital city, Santiago de Cali, or Cali for short, is the third largest city in Colombia and is known for its salsa music, party atmosphere, and friendly people. People from Cali are referred to as caleñas and there are approximately 2.3 million of them that live there.
The city was founded on July 25, 1536, by Sebastián de Benalcázar. However, Cali did not develop economically until the 1950s because of its landlocked position. It has since become Colombia’s third largest city, after Bogotá and Medellín.

Getting to Cali, Valle del Cauca

Cali is served by the nearby Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (IATA: CLO, ICAO: SKCL) located between Palmira and Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca Department, Colombia. It is Colombia’s third largest airport.

Taxis and Buses 

There are many taxis available for fare outside of the Alfonso Airport. The estimated taxi fare to transfer from Cali Airport to downtown is about COP 50,000 - 60,000. Uber also works in Colombia. At the airport there are buses into the city of Cali. The buses leave from the second level go to the central bus terminal. Single ticket on the bus is COP 7,000.

Transfer from Cali Airport to downtown is around 26 minutes. To the venue (Centro de Eventos Valle del Pacifico) the ride is 15 minutes by car.

Rental Cars 

Rental cars are available at the Alfonso Airport. The car rental booths are located in the Domestic Arrivals Hall. You can also book cars online.

Quick Facts 

City Sightseeing Info 

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