Cali, Colombia, October 19th to 21st of 2016           New Final Conference Program!  Photos of the Event

Cali Venue

The LADC2016 will take place in Cali – Colombia, the third biggest city in Colombia with an estimated of 2,319,655 residents. Cali is located in the Valley of the Cauca (one of the mayor rivers of Colombia), between two mountain chains (West and Central Chain). Cali is identified by salsa singers as "The World Capital of Salsa", has different schools and an exclusive venue for dancing from 25th to 30 December; reasons which have given the city its strong musical identity.

Location

Cali is located on the Cauca Valley to the west of the Cauca River and to the east of the Western mountain chain near the hills known as Farallones de Cali. The city rests approximately 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) above sea level. Approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Cali and over the Western Mountain Chain, lies the port city of Buenaventura on the Colombian Pacific coast. To the northeast are the manufacturing center of Yumbo and Cali's international airport, the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón (CLO). 

 

Climate

Cali features a tropical savanna climate. Cali's average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F) with an average low temperature of 18.5 °C (65 °F) and a high of 31 °C (88 °F). Due to its proximity to the Equator, there are no major seasonal variations.  Cali by day has delicious tropical weather and by sundown refreshed by a relaxed wind that descends from the Farallones, making of Cali a proper scenario for cultural activities, including gastronomic, music, literature and photographic social gathering. The average annual precipitation varies between 900 to 1,800 mm (35 to 71 in).

 

Language

The official language of Colombia is Spanish with different regional accents, but there are hundreds or the local ancestral languages.

 

Time Zones

Due to the size of the country, there are time zones. Cali follows the same time zone of Bogotá.

 

Currency

The Colombian currency is the Colombian “Peso” COL a US Dollar is approximately 2900 COL.  

 

Holidays

Cali Festival is the main cultural event in the city. It is a festival celebrated since 1957. This festival held from December 25 to the 30th. The festival also is also known as Cane Festival or Salsa Festival. People enjoy many activities like an opening parade of horseback riders, tascas, salsa concerts, bullfights, parades, athletic activities, competitions and cultural exhibitions.

 

Religion

Religion in Colombia is an expression of the different cultural heritages in the Colombian culture including the Spanish colonization, the Native Amerindian and the Afro-Colombian, among others. 35.9% of Colombians reported that they did not practice their faith actively. The Colombian Constitution of 1991 abolished the previous condition of the Roman Catholic Church as state church. However, Catholicism is still the main religion in Colombia by number of adherents, with an estimated of 75% of the national population in nominal Catholicism, from which about 25% are practicing Catholics. 

 

Transportation

Santiago de Cali is served by Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (IATA: CLO, ICAO: SKCL), located in the City of Palmira. It is Colombia's third largest airport in terms of passengers (transporting 3,422,919 in 2010) and fourth in cargo. Alfonso Bonilla Aragón is located in a long, narrow valley that runs from north to south, and is surrounded by mountains up to 14,000 feet (4,300 m) high. The airport is connected to the city by a highway that in the last few years has been upgraded to make the airport more accessible to Cali and the surrounding city centers in the region. MIO is a massive transportation system based on the transport model that consists of the use of articulated buses, which operate on dedicated bus lines running down the middle of major ways. MIO bus stations are located in the middle of the street, and are connected to walkways by dedicated platforms or bridges. The system layout is 243 kilometres (151 miles) and it is organized in a main trunk, pre-trunk and complementary lines.  Cali is served by over 20 transportation companies, which gather in the Central Bus Station. The Station is centrally located. Depending on the company and the destination, the vehicles range from minibuses to large buses. 

 

Regular Tourism

There is a variety of nightclubs and restaurants. In the city, you can find whole districts dedicated to tourism, for example Granada, one of the most traditional districts in Cali, full of gourmet restaurants, fashion stores and boutiques. Another place to visit is along "La sexta" or 6th Avenue and Menga, which has risen to be the most popular area for clubbing. Many types of nightclubs are there, as are restaurants and hotels. This area is usually called the pink zone (“zona rosa”), and is located in the north very close to Chipichape mall. In recent years, the restaurant industry has boomed, ranking Cali very close to Bogotá in first-class restaurant options.

Main touristic centers:

Plaza de Caicedo: the main square of the city, located in downtown Cali. The plaza is named after Cali's hero, Joaquin de Caicedo y Cuero.

Parque del perro: Located in the San Fernando neighborhood, this is one of the most popular areas in the city. It is full of restaurants and bars. If you want to party or just have a nice dinner, then this is the place for you. The park gets its name because it has a dog monument in the middle of it.

Avenida San Joaquin: Located in the Ciudad Jardín, it is a popular place in the city, is a pink area, VIP.

Calle 66: Nightclubs in Cali, the best events, best bars, the best rumba, the most driven, most beautiful women, most people find it cute Cali La Rumba VIP.

Menga: Located north of Cali, it is one of the most representative examples of the rumba in the city. Here you can find all the rhythms of time, plus exclusive platform to see the best artists in action, highly comfortable facilities, environment heated, only club in the area of Menga with VIP area, latest sound technology and robotic lights, the best rumba crossover lawless carrot.

Sebastian de Belalcazar's monument famous due to its pointing finger, which is pointing to the opposite direction of the valley, while its face is looking down at the city.

Cali River: one quiet zone in the city, the river is located in the west and is surrounded by restaurants, hotels and museums like "La Tertulia", an art museum.

El Gato: Located next to the river, a sculpture of a cat by Hernando Tejada.

Cristo Rey: A religious monument located on a hill that offers the best view of the city. It is 31 m high, of which 5 m belong to the base. 

Cali River Boulevard: (Colombia Avenue Boulevard) is located by Cali riverside in the historic center of the city of Cali, Colombia. It carries the name of the avenue where vehicles used to transit but today is the boulevard where there is a tunnel located directly below it. This boulevard is about 980 meters long. It is an enjoyable place to receive a fresh breeze while walking and to spend a good afternoon getting to know more about the culture of Cali.

San Antonio: It is the most traditional neighborhood of Cali. In the colonial age, it was the extension of the downtown. Although it was split off by the fifth street (“Calle quinta”), it conserves its traditional aura which makes it an inevitable stop on a visit. The entire neighborhood is on a hill, and at the top, you will find the San Antonio Park.

Cali Zoo: it has become more than simply a place to show animals, as it is involved in research. Its location could not be more wonderful, alongside the Cali River, just where valley and mountains get together. Nearby is the Cali Botanical Garden/ Jardín Botánico de Cali, founded by Jorge Enrique Orejuela.

Farallones de Cali: A part of the city sits on hills belonging to the Colombian western mountain chain. Beyond these hills is Farallones de Cali national park. In recent years, it has boomed as a tourist destination for a full range of different people; adventurists to climb, walk, paragliding; naturists for its natural and life environments; or simply for those looking for 'cold' weather minutes away from urban areas.

Malls: It is normal in Cali to think of a shopping mall as a touristy place. Most of them are built like urban boulevards, with open-air walking corridors that look like a 'Main Street' side walk. With the large facilities providing complete amenities. The most traditional malls are Unicentro in the south and Chipichape in the north; both are built in the open-air style. Others of this type are Palmetto Plaza, Jardin Plaza and Cosmo Centro.