Taste the Rainbow: Galeria Alameda Cali Market Tour

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. 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
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

THE GASTRONOMIC HEART OF CALI: you won't find anything more flavourly authentic! Food, fruits, and everything local.

Galeria Alameda is every caleño's (person from Cali) place of choice for fresh fruits, artisanal drinks, great sea food, colorful flowers, quality souvenirs and everything local you can think of. Exotic variety characterizes this place!

Our journey consists of 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 and lemon, plus optional ketchup/mayo. Price starts at 14.000 colombian pesos a cup.
Vegans/vegetarians: optional veggie tacos available.

2. Fruits🌈taste the rainbow 

Red, orange, yellow, green, white & purple. How many colors can you taste? 🍒🍊🍋🥝🥥🍇
If you're a fruit lover, this is for you. 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 4.000 colombian pesos.

4. Flowers🌸Colombia's hidden 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 after coffee!

5. Souvenirs📿take some love home

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, you won't find anywhere else!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cra. 24 # 8-53, La Alameda, Cali, Val...
    Cra. 24 # 8-53, La Alameda, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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    Let's meet outside Artesanías La Caleñita (souvenir store). There is usually heavy traffic around the market, so plan ahead or walk a few blocks.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Cazuela de mariscos

    We will start our tour with some shrimp ceviche

  • 2
    Free admission
    Rellenas Carolina - Carolina Rellenas y Tamales

    As an optional 2nd stop, we can try some blood sausage. If you want this stop, make sure to let me know.

  • 3
    Free admission
    Galería Alameda

    For the main food stop of the tour: Taste the Rainbow, an exotic fruit tasting.

  • 4
    Free admission
    Floristeria Te Amo

    You may not know Colombia's biggest agro export only second to coffee are... flowers! Great quality, great prices. This is a visual stop.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Artesanías La Caleñita

    We will finish our tour with a great souvenir shop. This is a visual stop.

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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Anna 01 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
The tour was fun and we learned a lot about food-culture in Cali
Theresa 17 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
This was an incredible experience that I highly recommend. The guide was informative, friendly, and experienced. The market was an explosion for all the senses, and all of the vendors who participated were kind and generous and absolutely lovely.
Marta 04 Jul 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
Hice el tour del mercado y el de gastronomía callejera. En ambos se habló de la comida tradicional junto con la historia de la ciudad. Muy buenas explicaciones, muy completo. Repetiré seguro con los tours de Cali Cultural Tours!!
Geraldine 15 Jun 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
We loved our tour with Juan Camilo and would not have enjoyed the Alameda food market as much without him! The exotic fruit tasting was really fun! :-)
Hanna 26 May 2023

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Travelled alone - May 2023
I really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about Colombian fruits and food!
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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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