Southwest Colombia Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwest Colombia - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Catedral Metropolitana

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Although ground was broken in 1772, construction on the Metropolitan Cathedral was halted during the war for independence. The grand...

Cerro de los Cristales

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The Hill of the Crystals affords a spectacular view of the city. The monumental statue of Christ at the top is visible for miles. A taxi...

Iglesia de San Francisco

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This large brick church and the adjacent Franciscan monastery date from the early 19th century. The church's brick Torre Mudéjar (Moorish...

Iglesia de la Ermita

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A neo-Gothic church built between 1930 and 1948, the white-and-blue Hermitage Church has become such an enduring symbol of Cali that...

Iglesia de la Merced

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The Church of Grace, Cali's oldest house of worship, was completed in 1680. It stands on the site where the city's founders celebrated...

Museo Arqueológico La Merced

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Next door to Iglesia de la Merced, this archaeological museum displays regional pre-Columbian pottery and a scale model of the city.

Palacio Nacional

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Intricately carved doors under equally ornate arches adorn the 1933 National Palace, on the east side of Plaza de Caicedo. This neoclassical...

Paseo de Bolívar

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Tropical trees shade this large park on the Río Cali's north bank. The modern buildings to the west house municipal offices and are...

Plaza de Caicedo

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In the middle of this shady square is a statue of Joaquín Caicedo y Cuero, the 18th-century patriot who liberated Cali from the Spanish.

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