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Santiago de Cali the capital of Valle del Cauca, agricultural and industrial province of the Colombian Southwest. 

It is called "the Heaven head quarters", thanks to its spring like weather all year round and the joy and warmth of its people. 

Cali is the second Colombian city in population, the epicenter of the main sugar Cain region, and a city that gathers in its surroundings many of the large Colombian companies.

Santiago de Cali was founded by Sebastián de Belalcázar on july 25th of 1536, when he was exploring the northern part of the Inca empire, in search of el Dorado.

Its foundation was in the place known today as La Merced convent, where the first Mass was held. 

Three years later Cali moved to the foot hill of from San Antonio, witness of the progress of the city. 

He was awarded with the coat of arms on June 17th of 1559 and on August 20th of that same year Cali received the title of "very Loyal and Noble."
Since its beginnings Cali was a commercial and development center, thanks to its geographical situation in the rich valley of Cauca River, between the western and central Colombian mountain chains.

At the beginning of the twentieth century the city had 20 thousand inhabitants, and constituted itself as the main food supplier for the people from Choco and from the gold mines in the Pacific.


Since 1919, when the sugar Cain sowing was industrialized, Cali started an accelerated process that culminated in the modern industrial commercial, cultural and researcher epicenter it is today.

  • Cristo Rey
  • La Ermita Church
  • Tres Cruces Hill
  • Sebastián de Belalcázar Monument
  • San Antonio Chapel
  • Paseo Bolívar
  • Caicedo Square
  • Jorge Isaacs Theater
  • San Pedro Metropolitan Cathedral 
  • Modern Art Museum
  • La Tertulia Cinema
  • San Francisco Temple
  • La Merced Chapel and Convent
  • Archeological Museum of La Merced
  • Enrique Buenaventura Theater
  • Calima Gold Museum
  • Colonial and Religious Art Museum
  • Solidarity Museum
  • The River Cat

Relevant Facts

Location: Lat.  3 º 26 'N Long 76 º 31' W
 Average temperature: 23º Celsius - 74º F
 Elevation: 995 meters over sea level
Local time: -5 GMT
 Area: 564 square kilometers
 Population: approx 2'370 .000 hab.
 Language: Spanish
 Currency: Colombian Peso
 International Telephone indicative: 57- 2