Free tour

Free Market Tour in Galeria Alameda Cali: food, fruits and everything local

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on October 11, 2022

Hi! My name is Juan Camilo. I am a local to Cali, Colombia. I enjoy foreigners and showing my city around. I speak 3 languages and I lived in Argentina for 5 years. I also was a member of AIESEC, a youth leadership organization. Countries I've been to: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru, USA, Uruguay. As of hobbies I enjoy playing the guitar and ukulele. I love music and languages.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

If you're into local culture, you know this is one of the best ways you can meet and discover the heart of the city: it's central market!

Galeria Alameda is anybody's go-to for fresh fruits, amazing regional food, ancestral drinks, great sea food, quality souvenirs and everything local you can think of.

We will have 5 main stops.

1. Sea food: from the pacific to the market

Cali is less than 2 hours away from the biggest colombian port in the pacific: Buenaventura. Everyday we get fresh fish and sea food brought straight from the sea to the market. Recommended: shrimp ceviche: shrimp, onion, cilantro, lemon + ketchup/mayo. Price starts at 14.000 colombian pesos a cup. 

2. Fruits: taste the rainbow

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple. How many colors can you taste?
If you're a fruit lover, this is your place. Come around and taste the best version of your favorite fruit, or adventure yourself into trying some you have never seen before. Really! Exotic fruits recommendations: anón, chachairrú, níspero, curuva, mangostino... plus the best mango you will ever taste. Approximate cost is 15.000 colombian pesos per person. You can also buy fruits to take with you!

3. Cheese: we love it!

Not necessarily associated to Colombia, but we do love our cheese and put it in everything, from chocolate to fruits! Come around and taste 3 varieties of our fresh cheeses: cuajada, campesino and costeño, and eat it with guava sweet as we do. Recommended tip here is 5.000 colombian pesos.

4. Flowers: Colombia's gem

Did you know Colombia has the biggest amount of orchid varieties in the world? We export flowers to more than 80 countries around the globe.  Come marvel at the quality, variety, colors and fragance of our top-class agro-export product 2nd only to coffee.

5. Souvenirs: take back memories

Great variety of handcrafts can be found in the market. From fridge magnets to drums, hammocks to bags, hats, packed sweets, even local wine... find something to take to your friends and family back home... or for yourself!

Bonus: coffee

In case we're good with time, or if you specially love it, we can add this as a stop. There's a great coffee shop inside the market. They grow their own colombian specialty coffee, have 3 varieties, different methods... coffee lovers welcome!

Come around and experience the exotic variety and great quality Cali's central market has to offer!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cl. 5 #24A-91, 3 de Julio, Cali, Vall...
    Cl. 5 #24A-91, 3 de Julio, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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    Let's meet at the LONG stairs of the public library on the Calle Quinta side (Calle 5 is the big avenue that goes under the bridge with bus lanes)

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    Free admission
    Galería Alameda

    All the tour will be held inside and around Galeria Alameda market.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Mareen 10 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Eine spannende Tour durch die Galeria Almeda mit tollen Tastings, zu denen Juan auch einige Informationen parat hatte. Vor allem das Probieren verschiedener und uns unbekannter Früchte war toll! 😊
Gijs 25 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
The market tour with Juan Camilo was very enjoyable! We tasted a lot of very tasty fruits which we never had before. Afterwards we bought our favourite ones. The chevice and cheese stops made it a 3-course meal! Juan Camilo made us feel at ease and was very interesting to talk with.
Iris 19 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Great tour through the market, suitable for vegetarians! We've tasted various fruits, cheese and also coffee.
Jaime 05 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2023
Our guide Juan gave us an unexpected tour of the market. We got to experience food, culture and a bit of history while he took us around. Went above and beyond, definitely a must do while in Cali.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 12 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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