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Cali

Cali

Cali City (pop., 1999 est.: 2,077,386), western Colombia. Lying on both sides of the Cali River, it was founded in 1536. Located far from the coast, it did not develop economically until the 20th century, when the upper Cauca River was harnessed to generate electrical power and prevent flooding. It is a major service Centre for area products and rivals BOGOTA, BARRANQUILLA, and MEDELLIN as an industrial Centre. Beginning in the late 20th century, Cali became notorious for its trade in illegal narcotics.

Cali is a prosperous and lively city with a fairly hot climate. Cali is located on the Cauca Valley to the west of the Cauca River and to the east of the Western Mountain Range near the hills known as Farallones de Cali.Although founded in 1536, its growth came only in this century, primarily with the development of the sugar industry, followed by dynamic progress in other sectors.The name Santiago de Cali comes in one part to honour Saint James the apostle (Santiago in Spanish) whose feast day is celebrated on July 25. Nowadays Cali is a sprawling city of over 2 million inhabitants, many of them recent immigrants from poor rural areas, who have created squalid slums on the outskirts while they absorb the skills needed to prosper in an urban setting, while the local government and its citizenry struggle to help them integrate.

Apart from a few fine churches and museums. the city doesn't have many tourist attractions. Rather its appeal lies in its atmosphere and its inhabitants, who are, in general, friendly and easygoing.





Cali Hotels

Pacifico Royal - Cali Phone: +57 (0) 233 07777
Dann Cali - Avenida Colombia No 1-40, Cali Phone: +57 (0) 238 23230
Inter Continental Hotel - Avenue Colombia 2-72, Cali Phone: +57 (0) 2388 23225
Valle Real - Avenue 3n 17n-25, Cali Phone: +57 (0) 266 80940
Torre De Cali Hotel - Avenida De Las Americas 18n 26, Cali
Americana Klonis Hotel - Cali Phone: +57 (0) 238 24369
New York - Calle 12 No 3-62, Cali Phone: +57 (0) 238 31181
Cali Hotel Casa Del Alferez - Avda 9 Norte 9 24, Cali Colombia, Cali
Aristi - Carr 9 No 10-04, Cali Phone: +57 (0) 238 22521
Windsor Plaza Hotel -Calle 17 Norte 4n65, Cali
Petecuy - Calle 9a No 15-33, Cali Phone: +57 (0) 238 23055
Dann Carlton Cali Hotel - Carrera 2 No 1 60, Cali
Guest House Iguana
Calidad House
Residencial Chalet
Hotel Astoria
Hotel Royal Plaza

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