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Exploring Valle del Cauca

By Viator, February 2016

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From the jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains to the vast, sandy beaches of the Pacific coast, the ever-changing landscapes of Valle del Cauca provide an idyllic backdrop to one of Colombia’s most important agricultural sectors. and the region’s undeniable beauty and tropical climate draw a steady stream of tourists all year round. 

The obvious starting point for exploring Valle del Cauca is the state capital of Cali, from where many of the region’s attractions can be visited on a day tour. The countryside surrounding the city is largely agricultural, with sugarcane, coffee and cocoa plantations sprawling through the fertile Andean valleys and lining the banks of the Cauca River. Highlights include the town of Buga, a popular pilgrimage site and home to a number of impressive churches; the Hacienda el Paraíso, former home of Colombian writer Jorge Isaacs; and the colonial town of Popayán, but the region is also dotted with natural parks, reservoirs and lakes, making it a top choice for outdoor activities and wildlife spotting.

Heading west toward the coast, the lush valleys give way to stretches of tropical rain forest, unspoiled coastline and sandy beaches lined with palm trees. Colombia’s largest seaport, Buenaventura, is the main hub and despite its less-favorable reputation for drug smuggling, makes a popular starting point for exploring the ruggedly beautiful Pacific coast. 

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Private Tour: Popayán Day Trip from Cali, Cali, null
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Private Tour: Popayán Day Trip from Cali

Discover the architectural gems of Popayán, nicknamed Colombia's White City for its whitewashed structures, on this private full-day tour from Cali. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Cali, Colombia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Private Bird-Watching Tour in Cloud Forest, Cali, Private Day Trips
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Private Bird-Watching Tour in Cloud Forest

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You will be amazed with the numerous varieties of birds and a spectacular cloud forest that you'll experience on this private tour in the mountains near Cali. ...  Read more

Location: Cali, Colombia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Private Tour: Hacienda el Paraíso and Buga Town from Cali, Cali, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Hacienda el Paraíso and Buga Town from Cali

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Escape Cali for a day and explore Hacienda el Paraíso, home of famous Colombian writer, Jorge Isaacs, and visit the pilgrimage town of Buga in scenic ...  Read more

Location: Cali, Colombia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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