Cali Colombia: Where Dancing & Singing Meets Parks and Hiking


While born in Colombia, I was sent to the U.S. to study at the age of 12. No wonder every time I go to visit my family in Cali, the second largest city after Bogota, I regard the trip as a true adventure.

This July/August, the return journey was to celebrate my oldest brother’s birthday. The Calenos really know how to have fun. My sister-in-law hired a group of guitar players that sang common Colombian songs for hours.  

We then took the floor for the rest of the evening donning masks and hats they passed out and danced the Macarenas.

One day later we were off on a five hour bus ride to a resort near the town of Armenia for more fun. It was the Hotel Campestre Las Bailarinas where we were served three delicious meals per day and enjoyed a variety of wonderful activities including horseback riding, swimming and hiking.

The hikes were led by a knowledgeable guide who explained the history of the region and the customs of the natives. I had most fun going through several water tunnels on one of the hikes.

The following day we were off to El Parque Nacional del Café, the Disneyland of the region, only a 15 minute ride from Las Bailarinas.

There, after seeing the folkloric show depicting the proud coffee growers, we went for a cable car ride with the most magnificent views of bamboo forests and coffee plantations.

Best of all, the price of the Hotel with all amenities included was only $35.00 U.S.  per day. 

So, whether its hiking in nature, horseback riding, swimming, parks or fabulous food and colorful masks and dancing, Colombia has a wealth of unique experiences to enjoy.   

Gone are the days were traveling in Colombia was very dangerous.

The drug-traffickers and guerrilla groups seem to have moved to remote areas in the Andes mountains.


Contributed Guest Post by Colombian-born Al Kadosh, a dentist based in San Francisco.

Renee Blodgett
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.

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