To become the sports and civic capital of America, Cali has hosted major international events. It was the 1971 Pan American Games that brought together 2,935 athletes of 32 countries what shape the development of the city, nowadays recognized as the capital city of the Colombian Pacific region.
The construction of high-performance values and the renovation of spaces for the practice of sports activities for the local community, along with the four Sports Complex that regroups several sports disciplines such as athletics, swimming, hockey, weights, judo, karate, jumping, track cycling, basketball, fencing, soccer, futsal, and skating have permitted not only the region but also the country to gain international recognition.
A mark of confidence of international organizations, based on the development and potential of the region, can bee see in the organization of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011 and the FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2016. The UCI (International Cycling Union) have also trusted this city to hold the Track Cycling World Cup, with the participation of 314 cyclists in the year 2014 and in 2017 with 47 delegations of 39 countries and 8 professional teams.
Following the path of major sports events and taking in account the qualities of its sporting infrastructure, by the year 2013, the city opened its arms to the World Games Cali 2013, officially the IX World Games, an international multi-sport event with the participation of athletes from all over the world in disciplines that are recognized by the International Olympic committee but are not formally part of the Olympics Games.
Along with the sports events, Cali has held the Alianza del Pacífco (Pacific Alliance), Latin American trade bloc, formed by Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, which all border the Pacific Ocean.
The Third World Majors and Afro-descendant Leaders Summit, with the participation of 500 public servants of Africa, North America, Central, and South America, and Europe is another proof of the mutual trust between our city and the international community.
Cali offers, for locals and visitors, a unique and rich culture that covers traditional rhythms from the Pacific region that are presented in the major event of its kind: The Petronio Alvarez Pacific Music Festival. Other cultural events such as The International Film Festival, The International Dance Biennial or The World Salsa Festival, have allowed positioning the city as a benchmark of conservation of cultural and artistic traditions.
Santiago de Cali is a city with capable infrastructure but most of all, thanks to the warmth of its people, a city prepared from decades ago to organize and held major events and activities that shape and transform our city.
The Valle del Cauca department is an example of the national cultural diversity, a good example of this are the traditional festivals: The Mono Núñez Colombian Andean Music Festival in Ginebra, the Luis Mario Lopera National Band Music Contest in San Pedro, the Bandola Festival in Sevilla, the National Dance Encounter and the National Theater Encounter in Yumbo, the Meeting of Colombian Women Poets in Roldanillo, the International Ballet Festival, the International Film Festival, the Petronio Álvarez Pacific Music Festival, the World Salsa Festival and the Feria de Cali (The Cali's Fair).
Its cultural infrastructure goes from the emblematic Rayo museum in Roldanillo, to the traditional theaters in Buga, Palmira, and Cali, as well as other spaces such as the music schools in Candelaria, Calima Darién and an extensive network of public libraries.
The Valle del Cauca Department has 10 tourist routes that go from the Coffee Cultural Landscape (PCCC), to the live cultural, musical, religious, and nature experiences that extend to the Colombian Pacific. Nature, Gastronomy, Culture, Sport and Adventure, Faith and Architecture, Health and Wellbeing are the different tourist products that you will find in this region.
The Valle del Cauca has eleven municipalities in the north of the department that are part of the Coffee Cultural Landscape, included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The landscape is one of the most important attractions of the region given the cultural, architectural, natural and productive richness of its surroundings. Municipalities such as Alcalá, Ansermanuevo, Caicedonia, El Águila, El Cairo, Riofrío, Sevilla, Trujillo, Ulloa, Cairo, and Argelia, are part of this UNESCO declaration that can be appreciated in the ecological tourism, and in the enjoyment of activities such as gastronomy, production of special varieties of coffee, and the recognition of the tradition of familiar coffee production, as well as the human, family and generational effort of the coffee growers and all the architecture of the coffee territory. It is the perfect combination of natural, economic and cultural elements with a high degree of homogeneity in the region, which is a unique case in the world.
The diversity of Valle del Cauca is also expressed in religious tourism. The city of Buga, in the center of the department, offers one of the most imposing religious constructions, known as "Basilica del señor de los Milagros" (Christ of Miracles Basilica) a space of 80 meters long and 33 meters high, which, since 1907 date of its construction, became the tourist benchmark of the city.
Currently, the city was declared as cultural and religious heritage and among the activities highlighted we can point out the Semana Santa (Easter Holidays), the pilgrimages and the physical infrastructure of the city, consisting of two towers with a statue of the Holy Redeemer and a French clock working since 1909.
Cali is the city with the highest number of bird species, with a figure that rises to 560. Its rural and urban bird-sighting is an enlightenment experience. Birdwatching is part of the activities to enjoy in twelve local destinations like the San Antonio cloud forest, the Kilometro 18, the Anchicayá, Pance, The Sonso Lagoon, the surroundings of the Lake Calima and the Farallones de Cali National Natural Park among others.