Cali is known for three things....its zoo, plastic surgery and salsa!
The drive from Bogota to Cali took nine hours but it was through big mountain scenery that made it bearable. The Colombian landscape is absolutely gorgeous.
The city of Cali is pretty enough with lots of lovely boulevards and neighborhoods.
However, the reason to come to Cali is to check out the salsa clubs. There is a huge strip in the middle of the city that is dedicated to more salsa clubs and bars than you can shake a stick at. They are open every day from 11 til 2 in the morning and always have customers in them. The feeling you get walking down this strip (known as Avenue Sexta) is that you're in a mini Las Vegas.
The best part is that the locals can drink and dance like nobody's business but do so with such casual flair. First they warm up by drinking mini kegs that are brought to their tables (at least six liters of beer!) and then they hit the dance floor. The dancers have such groove that Jared and I were too intimidated to try for fear of looking like we had three legs.
Second to the clubs, Cali is known for being THE place to have plastic surgery in Colombia. We stayed in the Zona Rosa area and there are plastic surgeons on every block. Needless to say, we saw a lot of big boobs and botox'd smiles walking around.
Cali also has the largest zoo in South America. We were a bit wary of checking it out as we thought that the standard of animal care might be lower than in Canada and we didn't want to be horrified. As it turns out, the zoo was great and had a very unusual collection of exotic birds that we've never seen before. The coolest birds we saw were the giant Condor and a Toucan. Hopefully, we'll get to see them in the wild during our travels...