Hey All

I am planning my trip to colombia and one of my good friends who is latino and can speak spanish cannot make it to his trip because of money issues.

I been to Medellin and Bogota twice. I want to check out CALI.

but everyone tell me its dirty and lil dangerous as well.

I only speak minimal spanish and my other buddy who is coming with me does not speak any spanish.

We will hire a translator to helps us out...

Should i even go?????

What are some cool things to do in cali? besides the zoo, soccer game and salsa clubs???

thank you all and cheers!

Posted on July 3, 2009


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If you are looking for pretty girls with summer clothes go to Cali. I think they wear less in Cali than in the colder areas.

Posted on July 3, 2009


"your GUAPONESS is an advantage in EVERY country in the world EXCEPT colombia"

Yep, Colombianitas are more interested in the inside than the outside, as they say in Colombia, ??never judge a book by its cover?.

If you are not comfortable with Cali, why not go to Cartagena?

Posted on July 3, 2009


colombianas are interested in your wallet not what you look like or what's on the inside only whats on the inside of your wallet.

Posted on July 3, 2009


"La 14" Supermarket(on Sexta) beats Chipichapi hands down.Its a mad parade......especially between 4pm-7pm

Posted on July 3, 2009


Ignore Ratbag'as quote ........

Posted on July 3, 2009


"colombianas are interested in your wallet not what you look like or what's on the inside only whats on the inside of your wallet."

that's only the case with gringos who have "BIG TIME SUCKER" written on their forehead...

Posted on July 3, 2009


just avoid the girls who come up to you and shriek"NORTEAMERICANO ME ECANTA!"

Posted on July 3, 2009


Cali is the most "unstable" of the cities you have been too.. still very much rough around the edges and with the economy the way it is and the unemployment very high in Cali you need good street smarts and to be vigilant. Even the once thought "high end" areas such as granada are subject to muggings these days because the crooks NO where the money is.. and la sexta has really really gone down hill and kinda reminds me of a strip in Tijuana these days... lol Do a search on Cali you will get some other opinions..

Posted on July 3, 2009


Since you have been to Bogota and Medellin, then yes you should go to Cali. If you were going for the first time to Colombia I would say skip Cali. If you have the time and dinero then why not go to Cartagena and Cali on this trip? Cartagena offers the tourist more but like Bill Turley says....if you wanna see tight clothing then maybe Cali is for you?

Posted on July 3, 2009


If I never make it back to Cali, that would be just fine. I can't say the same about many places in Colombia that I have been to.

Posted on July 3, 2009


'that's only the case with gringos who have "BIG TIME SUCKER" written on their forehead...'

no shit sherlock, like 90 per cent of American men that land he for the first time

Posted on July 3, 2009


Eat at Seviche Guapi for seafood. Maybe it is spelled Ceviche Guapi? www.caliescali.com Lots of pretty models at this site too!

Posted on July 3, 2009


"Viejo Mar" is good too and cheaper
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Posted on July 3, 2009


Another gringo with the "Brad Gates" syndrome.. lol

Posted on July 3, 2009


The north part in Cali (avenida 6th, west, north center) is dangerous in many places...but the south part(Jardin Plaza Center, Unicentro Commercial Center, Holguines Trade Center, Aventura Plaza Cañas Gordas, la 14 Valle del Lili- ) is different,undestanding that no one place is 100% secure. If you are looking just happy girls, please, don't come Cali. Please.

Posted on July 3, 2009


'Another gringo with the "Brad Gates" syndrome.. lol'

lmao...p/c/l that never gets old

Posted on July 3, 2009


LOL..... i find it funny how people just change the subject... im not talking about my looks or anything... just want to get peoples opinion if i should visit cali.... LOL

its just a name my ex girlfriend made up for me.. so is stuck with it.... lol

Posted on July 3, 2009


"its just a name my ex girlfriend made up for me.. so is stuck with it.... lol"



"Guapochino Gringo con el grande cartera.. jajajajajaj

Posted on July 3, 2009


"sorry to burst your bubble but in the country of colombia EVERYBODY from overseas is GUAPO, '

Sorry to cerrect you elmster, but they are not thought of as guapo, only LED to believe that they are..................................

Posted on July 3, 2009


Cali is a bit shadier than meds or bogs, but rest assured that if you keep your wits about you, Cali won't be any more dangerous than meds or bogs, and if you give papaya, meds and bogs will not be any safer than Cali.

Posted on July 3, 2009


i agree. however i prefer med over cali

Posted on July 3, 2009


jaja, I wouldn't have expected any less from you Mitch. Although I love Cali, I do recognize that Medellin has left it behind infrastructure wise. But those Caleñitas do make up for a whole lot of shortcomings.

Posted on July 3, 2009


I am a gringo living in Cali. I live near Jardin Plaza. I have a colombianita living with me. I travel all over Latin America and the USA. I love it here and would not change anything. Yes, you have to be careful where you go, but tell me where in this world, you do not have to?

Posted on July 3, 2009


With all de respect David, even though you may have been born in the US of immigrant parents or have your citizenship, you definitely DO NOT look caucasian American.. but Central American.. so there for you blend in much more than a caucasian or asian..

Posted on July 3, 2009


pcl jajaja

Posted on July 3, 2009


lol paisa. i wood skip cali. go to medellin instead. or maybe quilla

Posted on July 3, 2009


Hola!

I have been to Cali maybe 15 times!

Look, Cali is a big city and is not a tourist town!

! am there since I met my wife who is from there. I can not dance, but it is a Colombian city that is nice, but not FANTASTIC for a person just showing up out of the blue! Keep your money for other places you already know in Colombia! Honestly, with friends you return and I have been there 15 times or more with my wife and family. Go some place else,if your are playing tourist! Really, who cares if you find a Mall with 8 bars in the middle of it? Only people with a friend there already would like it, otherwise you might feel lonely!

Some people are dirty there! Well, that is just life! Live with it! I have seen worse in other places outside of Colombia! My wife lives within easy access to downtown and most of Cali via 1 bus! You don't care! You are a tourist! The good news is taxi drivers are honest and this comes from a former 5 yr taxi driver in Philly! I even found 1 guy that got lost out of the many I have used. I saId that he would only get the CORRECT rate to get to the Clinic with my bad Spanish! LOL!

I find Cali to be a family town! You meet a nice woman and meet her there. I never saw the tourist traps to keep me there! I liked the malls and being able to shop at Carrefour and HomeCenter. OK, I am the only Gringo there, but usully just Europeans show up there. Americans are WIMPS! LOL!

People think I am a GERMAN when they see me in their taxi, My wife has heard men speak GERMAN to my baby at the local health clinic. My point is that Americans that look WHITE are afraid of the place and you will like it, if you show up! I never chased after women there, but really the people there tend to be proper with their Spanish and they treat you good with customer service. My wife's family only has less than 10% that speak English, but I feel welcome even though I am an outsider, not being Colombian! You can laugh at my Spanish, but still people treat me nice as I attempt to speak Spanish! More than 5 or 6 of my wife's family are nice friends, even with my terrible Spanish! YES, SO SHOCKING WE ARE THAT GOOD AS FRIENDS WITH MY BAD SPANISH! LOL!

I am sorry, if my comments about Cali are true for most of all Colombia! When I visit Call, I have friends at the corner motorcycle repair shop, panderia, and local barber! Even when I visit places on my own without my wife, like at the local bar when I watch Deportivo Cali futball games with the guys there, people are welcoming and nice! One time, I stopped in at a local liqour store on Sunday and drank a few beers. Well, those guys seemed welcoming to me also!

I have not had any problems there in CaII, other than some people running restaurants poorl! One place substituted arepas for papas for the same price. I REFUSED IT and paid less for the meal! Another EXPENSIVE restaurant charged me 40,000 peso's for a pizza with CANNED mushrooms! I spoke to the manager and said back in the barrio we get FRESH mushrooms on our pizza. Well, we paid for the nice Chilean wine, but not for the inferior pizza! The place had clean white tablecloths too! Can you imagine???

I guess I should summarize and say that Cali is a relational place. Go there to make friends and not be a tourist! You will come back to Cali to be with your friends!

Posted on July 3, 2009


Oh boy.

Posted on July 3, 2009


ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?

Otherwise, explain why are you saying, "Oh boy"?
There seems no rational reason for you to even make a comment!

Posted on July 3, 2009


Nevermind man, I apologize. I will be in Cali two times a month from here to eternity. If you ever go back, pm me.

Posted on July 3, 2009


I should let you know, I am a Jardin Plaza and Palmetto Mall guy and not a Chipe Chape visitor!

Posted on July 3, 2009


Ok man, I spend my time in Granada and the Palmetto Mall once in a while... I have not been to Jardin Plaza and Chipe is no fun..

Posted on July 3, 2009


My wife's cousin showed up from Elizabeth, NJ next to Newark and he had not been back to Cali in 8 years! He considered Palmetto Mall was heaven! LOL, I was his tour guide to the mall! WOW! He bumped into a buddy from the USA in the food court as we walked past the coffee kiosk! Ok, I should say that both looked Colombian, but it was a shock anyway for him to see this guy from NJ down at Palmetto Mall!

Call me boring, but I tend to do basic family things in Cali. My son will be riding in the Carrefour shopping cart that looks like a car for our social activity! He also was dancing with me at Palmetto Mall during my last trip!

It is dark, but the sound is nice!

Posted on July 3, 2009


Hey FeoChino.....
.... ... go to Cali.... .but... get a pair of those sunglasses that have mirrors on the sides....
...
.............so you can see who's comin from behind .

... .... (it could be a.b. and his entourage of well-endowed and professional ladies! jaj)

Posted on July 3, 2009


"it's actually a cool, fun city".... and it smells and is dirty,...like Tijuana... maybe worse.
And, has some of the most aggressive women in the world... ....jaj... a good reason to go!

Hey Modefoque.... maybe you should check it out!

Posted on July 3, 2009


guapochino

I don't know what your motivation for going to Colombia is....but if it is women.... you'll be well served to give Cali a long and hard look. The women here are beautiful and very easy to meet and date.

I don't know when you are planing on going to Cali but if you want to hang out with guys that know the city well then give me a call at 480-612-2264.

Calipro

Posted on July 3, 2009


hey going south

you said .."it could be a.b. and his entourage of well-endowed and professional ladies! "

who is A.B????????????

Posted on July 3, 2009


Look out for the younger women in Cali!

My son met one at Chipe Chape and she kissed him on the lips without asking permission!
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Posted on July 3, 2009