💃 Cali Salsa Capital of the World

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on October 11, 2022

Hi 👋 I'm Juan, Cali local, born and raised here. Tourism is: something I love to do, something I am good at, and something I can make a job out of. That's why I have found a vocation in it. My tours keep growing, expanding, innovating, always a project-under-construction. They're never finished as I keep improving them with the experience every traveller brings. I speak superb english, native spanish, fluent portuguese, and some french. Thanks for considering me to show you my hometown. Welcome to Cali!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Back in the first half of the 1900's cuban music was getting super popular in the US as vacationers went to and from the island and would spread the word about their caribbean rythms. Guajira, Chachachá, Danzón, Cuban Son, Son Montuno, Guaracha, Pachanga, Mambo, Rumba, Bolero... are only some of the myriad of rythms that existed (and exist) in Cuba in the beggining of the century. Americans were having a feast with the island, enjoying all it's beauties, until...

The 1960's come with the cuban revolution, the Castro brothers, the USSR, communism, cold war, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the embargo.

And suddenly... nobody wants (or can) anything to do with the island.

With the influx of cubans and general latin immigration to the US of the middle of the century, many of them to cities like New York, some of them musicians, and as an answer to big bands and Jazz bands of the time, they mix all those cuban rythms (already popular in all the continent) and re-brand them under the name:


Which in spanish literally means: sauce. And just like what is is in food: a mix of all unique ingredients, all different to each other, that together make something much bigger than they would accomplish on their own...

Want to know more?

This is my propposal to discover SALSA in my hometown, for many, Salsa capital of the world. How and why is salsa so important here? Where to dance it? How to dance it? How to PLAY it? A multisensorial tour with music, history, steps, instruments and of course...


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cl 8 #1-3, San Pedro, Cali, Valle del...
    Cl 8 #1-3, San Pedro, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
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    Outside the Subway Sandwich Store. I usually wear my pink CALI CULTURAL TOURS cap.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Cali River Central Park
  • 2
    Outside visit
    CAM Municipal Administrative Center
  • 3
    Free admission
    Plazoleta Jairo Varela

    Plaza in honor to an iconic salsa band with some of the biggest hits in our culture.

  • 4
    Free admission
    Monumento La Trompeta de Niche

    Iconic place in Cali to understand what salsa means to the city.

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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Mateo 06 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Andres fue un guía excelente y cálido. Recomendaría su tur a cualquier persona que quiera conocer de la historia y cultura de Cali.
Alex 06 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Yo hice el tour con Camilo. Al guía le falta profesionalidad. El tour fue muy poco informativo y duró una hora en lugar de las dos indicadas. No recomendable
Mariana 29 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Definitivamente un 10 de 10, quedamos encantandos con Andres y toda la información que nos brindo! Tuvimos historia,cultura y recomendaciones geniales! Con su linda energía nos hizo pasar una tarde caleña hermosa! 💖
Sai Hindocha 09 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Muchísimas gracias por todo! Andrés en una guía MUY alegré y hemos aprendido mucho de Cali :)
Aïcha 16 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
We were only 2 but Andreas succeed to create a good atmosphère
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is 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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