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This is one of the jewels of Buenaventura and Colombia, considered a really important place of natural conservation within the planet. Its biodiversity is so much that the locals do not stop to be surprised with everything that is found there. If this is so, imagine the memories that each visitor of this Park takes home. "Uramba Bahía de Málaga" is located in a big area equivalent to 47.094 hectares (or 137,34 square nautical miles) that has been declared protected by the government of Colombia.
Every year, between July and October, the majestic humpback whales come to visit this place. It is important to see it at least once in life, since it is marvelous. The best of all is that they can be seen swimming in the waters of the National Natural Park, teaching to their calves how to do it. In addition, at any time of the year, you can walk through leafy trails, experience the touch of the magical waterfalls, observe its flora and fauna, taste the unique flavor of the Pacific food and immerse yourself in its authentic beaches. All these are reasons to go repeatedly to this Colombian natural treasure.
How to get here?
From the tourist dock of Buenaventura, you have to board a boat to the village of Juanchaco. There, you have several options to spend your days: visit Bahia Malaga, Ladrilleros, La Barra, Chucheros, among other places. You can also take different boats from Juanchaco to visit some of the other wonders of the Park, such as La Sierpe waterfall, some beaches or just exploring the 57 islands of the park.
To get more information visit: http://www.parquesnacionales.gov.co/portal/es/ecoturismo/region-pacifico/parque-nacional-natural-uramba-bahia-malaga/
This national monument is one of the most representative places in the Valle del Cauca, since it is the stage where the romantic novel 'María' was developed. The novel is a representation of Colombian literature and was written by Jorge Isaacs, son of the Hacienda’s former owner. The landscapes, the house and its surroundings remember colonial houses full of roses and freshness everywhere.
In the Hacienda there is a hostel where visitors can spend a whole weekend or several days; they can also go for a Sunday walk, and with their family take a guided tour around the house, so that you can learn more about the history of this wonderful place. This is a family plan that can not be missed.
‘Delirio’ (Delirium), a great combination of dance, orchestra, circus and audience. This is the perfect formula created by ‘Fundación Delirio’, thanks to which the city’s popular culture is recreated. At the Delirio tent you can enjoy along your partner, family or friends. There eleven different shows, all of them unique and unforgettable that are the product of a collective artistic work that for the city has turned into a regional cultural heritage.
If you like music, magic and fantasy, you can find it all at once in the same place, which is why you cannot miss the opportunity to rave with this visual staging, famous for being an ambassador to the world of Cali’s culture.
How to get there?
When in Cali, you need to take the road that connect Cali and Yumbo’s industrial area. On the way to airport, and right in front Bavaria's Brewery, there is the ‘Centro de Eventos Valle del Pacífico, which is the venue of the show.
For more information visit: http://delirio.com.co/es/
Calima Lake, located in the municipality of El Darién (Valle del Cauca), is the right place to practice water sports. The atmosphere of the place and its geographical conditions favor a calm atmosphere and encourage healthy recreation and the spreading out. The wind seems to deploy its full force on the waters of this lake. This is how it is located third in the world with the fiercest winds. For this reason, the clubs and nautical schools abound near to it. Additionally, the temperature of the place is very pleasant, on average about 18 Celsius degrees.
Surfing, Windsurfing and Kitesurfing are some of the most practiced sports in the lake. All consist of navigating over water on a board, or somewhat similar, and either with a sail or kite. Thanks to the large affluent of inhabitants of nearby urban centers, tourists from within the country and outsiders, this sport has become popular and Calima Lake has become an important tourist attraction. People of all ages come to see a show full of adrenaline and color display.
How to get here?
The municipality of Calima El Darién is located in the department of Valle del Cauca. The lake, where windsurfing takes place, is 100 kilometers from Cali and is accessed by the Buga-Buenaventura highway, 10 kilometers from the head of the aforementioned municipality.
The ‘Basílica del Señor de los Milagros’ (Lord of the Miracles Basilica) is a must when it comes to touristic places in the city of Buga (also named The Lady City). To this enclosure over 800.000 people asist every year. Entire bugueños, vallunos and colombian generations have gone with fervor to the cults and religious festivities celebrated in this place. Many are the stories that have been written around the wooden Christ that lays inside the church, thank to the thousand of rumours about the miracles granted to his devotees. This is why (the amount of parishioners that the place welcomes annually) the church is now a Basilica.
This place, in particular, is a very imposing one, with and elegant architecture that took more than fifteen years to be completed. The solemn enclosure was only finished back in 1907 and many of its pieces, such as the campanary (the loudest and fanciest of the country), were brought all over from France, making this a piece congruent with the european style of the early twentieth century. Its interior is large, but the ornaments make it cossy. This provides a tranquil environment for all those who want to have an encounter with God.
How to get there?
The Basílica del Señor de los Milagros is located close to the city’s main entrance, exactly on Carrera 14 with Calle 3.
For more information visit: https://milagrosodebuga.com/
In the ‘Parque Nacional de la Uva’ (National Park of Grape) you can live unforgettable adventures, learn and have fun at the same time. Not only you will have the possibility to admire fauna and flora but you will also interact with it. This is an eco friendly theme park, ideal for sharing with family or friends, with an enviable climate and a beautiful of the valley and its crops extending between the Western and Central Mountain Ranges.
The park promises 29 hectares of entertainment, fascinating stories and fun. The walk offered to visitors is 3.2 kilometers long, and includes: trekking through the vineyards, demonstration of the different grape varieties as well as the harvest and wine production process, explanation of the agro-industrial process of the sugarcane and the operation of the sugar mills, walk through a dry tropical forest, exhibition and description of coffee crops and some fruits and vegetables, exhibition of bovines, horses and minor species, displays of handcrafts and a resting area. In addition, the park has several food points to which people can go and enjoy typical meals and snacks.
How to get there?
The National Park of Grape is located in the town of La Unión. Starting there, you must take the only highway that connects this town with La Victoria and drive one kilometer until you reach the park’s main entrance
The Cerro Los Cristales (The Hill of Crystals) offers a 180 degree view of Cali. Once on top, without a doubt, this is the best viewpoint for visitor to appreciate the city. If you turn around, on the other front, you will see an imposing mountain range with splendid vegetation. Up there, where a 26 meters high monument in honor to ‘El Cristo Redentor’ (Christ the Redeemer), patron of Cali, stands, the breeze that surrounds the city during the afternoons makes this a perfect place to escape the city’s heat and noise, so that visitors can spend time with their family or friends and take the best pictures of the landscape. the Christ seems to extend his arms to embrace Cali and its inhabitants, providing protection. Thus, this is an icon of the city and an essential stop for any traveler.
To stop in this place, inaugurated in 1952, implies to soak up a little of its history, since the plaques located on the base of the monument provide information about the most relevant events. At the same time, visitor get to relax in the benches and enjoy the weather and the landscape before buying some handcrafts and tastinge typical food, such as ‘agua de panela’ (cold or hot beverage made with panela -a sugar cane sub product-) and ‘fritanga’ (assortment of deep fried plantains, root vegetables and meat cuts) sold in huts and neighboring hamlets.
How to get there?
Cristo Rey is located in Cali. It can be reached by car, but we recommend to try it by walk, being a form of peregrination and exercising. It is approximately 8 kilometer from the police station in the base of the hill and the top. If you decide to drive, you will find a parking space few clocks away from the monument. Another option, is taking the MIO’s (Cali’s public transport) lane A04 that will drop you off halfway there, from where you will have to continue by walk.
If want to know the most beautiful corners of Colombia, you have to visit San Cipriano, not only for its charm and beauty, also for its jungle-like and rustic landscapes around the awesome Danubio River. This place is a marvelous natural reserve where the crystalline waters form ideal natural swimming pools, as well as you can have a great adventure using the giant floats and letting them be carried away by the flow of the river. This park, protected and administered by the CVC (The environmental authority in Colombia), is located in the area of Córdoba, in the Buenaventura municipality.
You cannot miss one of the most exciting tours in the handmade 'brujitas', an improvised transport that move on the train rails, which are impulsed by a motorcycle adapted to the carriage. This is the only way to get to the entrance of this park. Already in San Cipriano, you will be able to find different lodgings to stay the days that you wish and to delight you with the delicious taste of the Colombian pacific food, especially the “encocado de camarón”, the typical dish of this place. San Cipriano is definitely an unmissable place to visit in Valle del Cauca.
How to get here?
From Cali, you can use public transport or your own car for get to the area of Córdoba, using the Cali-Buenaventura highway. Once there, you can leave your car at a parking, and then take a 'brujita' to San Cipriano.
To get more information visit: http://www.soyvalle.com/index.php/region-pacifico/san-cipriano
In the municipality of Roldanillo, there is a space intended for the development of art in its different expressions. If you are visiting this city, it is important to put the Rayo Museum on your agenda. This is one of the most representative places in Valle del Cauca in terms of art. Its name honors its founder, renowned world-class artist, Omar Rayo (RIP), who was characterized by his paintings of linear and geometric figures in most of his works.
In this museum you can appreciate all the life and work of this Colombian artist, who came from this city. This space generates appreciation and training in art, in a place where this trade was unthinkable.
In addition to the permanent exhibition of its founder, there is also the possibility of participating in exhibitions, meetings, lectures, literary readings, dance performances, theater and concerts. This is why it is a must-see place in Roldanillo.
Who ever says that landscapes are a pleasure only for the eyes has certainly never visited the ‘Paisaje Cultural Cafetero’ (Coffee Cultural Landscape). In Colombia, between the departments of Caldas, Quindío, Risaralda and Valle, the hills are formed in a messy way, a poetic frenzy with coffee aroma. The voluptuousness of these mountains is sporadically interrupted by plantations of guadua that when rise almost touch the sky and caress the clouds. It is a scenario worthy of magical realism and novels featuring muleteers and mules loaded with bundles of the best coffee world.
In 2011, the ‘Paisaje Cultural Cafetero’ was declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With this appointment, the reflection of a centuries-old tradition consisting of the cultivation of coffee in the intricate lands of the Colombian mountain, the Paisa architecture and the beauty of nature itself was highlighted.
The ‘Paisaje Cultural Cafetero’ vibrates in the heart of each one of its inhabitants, being characterized as a kind and prosperous region. If you visit towns such as Alcalá, El Águila or Ulloa, do not be surprised to find yourself bewitched by the surroundings that seduce travelers with the aroma of their coffee plantations, the voices of the wind and the charm of the landscapes. Majestic roads, hardworking countrysiders and an infinite horizon painted with different greens are the virtues of this land that evokes the magic of nature and the hospitality of its people.
The cities that are part of the Paisaje Cultural Cafetero are: the countrysides of Alcalá, Ansermanuevo, Argelia, Caicedonia, El Águila, El Cairo, Riofrío, Sevilla, Trujillo and Ulloa; and the urban area of El Cairo.
This is one of the most important and traditional festivals in Colombia. In which the favorite attractions are the "Salsódromo", the "Cali viejo" carnival, the antique cars parade, the "Melómanos" meeting, the "Superconcierto" a really nice musical show, between other shows ans events.