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, capital of Valle del Cauca is known as the Sports Capital of America, by its long tradition in organizing various events of this nature. The 1971 Pan American Games, which divided the history of the city in two and the World Games 2013, are the main events concerning.
Beautiful Valley'Sultana 'likewise has hosted World, South American, Central American, Pan American, Pacific Games, World Cup and Copa America sports such as skating, athletics, wrestling, swimming with fins, taekwondo, chess, basketball volleyball, cycling and soccer, among others.
The year 2013, from July 25 to August 4, performed or World Games World Games, considered the second most important fair in the world, after the Summer Olympics.
The warmth and joy of its people and its tropical climate and well-earned name Salsa Capital of the World, have turned to Cali, one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country and the world. It is a civic entrepreneurial city, rumba and opens the doors to all people who enjoy sports activities and expressions of culture that sacredly make their journey through the beautiful epicenter of the Pacific Ocean before the world famous Feria de Cali.
The current mayor is medical Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco, and Secretary of Sports and Recreation, Dr. Clara Luz Roldan Gonzalez.
Cali his real name, is one of the oldest cities in Colombia and the continent. Its foundation was in 1536 at the hands of Sebastian Belalcázar, just three years after the foundation of Cartagena de Indias (1533), two years before the founding of Santa Fe de Bogotá (1538), the capital of Colombia and 26 years of the founding of the first Hispanic population on the continent: Santa María la Antigua del Darién (1510), disappeared.
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.
Geographically, Cali is in the Valle del Cauca River, the second largest in the country. At the height of Cali this valley is 35 kilometers wide and the urban area is on the west side of the river.
The western part of the city is guarded by the famous Farallones de Cali, which are part of the Western Cordillera of the Colombian Andes.
Santiago de Cali, bordered to the north by the municipalities of Yumbo and the Summit, northeastern and east to Palmyra with Candelaria. To the south is the town of Jamundí Buenaventura rural area in southwestern and northwestern Dagua.
The city is flat, with an average elevation of 1,200 m / asl. Cali is also located in a hub and strategic point: to the west (about 100 km) is connected with the port of Buenaventura on the Pacific ocean, and the industrial northeast to the Yumbo center which forms the metropolitan area of Cali.
The city is well pass the Panamerican Highway and therefore must move from Colombia to Ecuador.
The climate is tropical equatorial. The Western Cordillera blocks humid air fronts from the Pacific Ocean by preventing them refresh the city. The Western Cordillera has an average altitude of 2,000 meters in the north of the city and reaches 4,000 meters in the south, this makes the southwestern region more rain to the northwest.
The average annual precipitation ranges from 900 mm in the drier regions to 1,800 millimeters in the wettest areas, with 1,000 mm average over most of the metropolitan area of Cali. The average temperature is 26 ° C, with an average minimum of 19 ° C and an average maximum of 34 ° C.
The dry season from December to March and July to August and the rainy season from April to June.
- 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
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.
Currency: Colombian Peso
International Telephone indicative: 57- 2