"The Biennial is a trip to discover new worlds and also to be discovered and seduced by new movements, lenguages and imaginaries to think about dancing as a way to express our emotions" says Amparo Sinisterra de Carvajar, president of the 2nd Biennial.
This is the Pacific festival, in which the most importat thing is to highlight the gastronomy, the folk music and the traditions of this region in Valle del Cauca. It is an awesome experience for the locals and of course for the visitors who want to dive into this culture.
This is one of the most important and traditional festivals in Colombia. In which the favorite attractions are the "Salsódromo", the "Cali viejo" carnival, the antique cars parade, the "Melómanos" meeting, the "Superconcierto" a really nice musical show, between other shows ans events.
The Cerro Los Cristales (The Hill of Crystals) offers a 180 degree view of Cali. Once on top, without a doubt, this is the best viewpoint for visitor to appreciate the city. If you turn around, on the other front, you will see an imposing mountain range with splendid vegetation. Up there, where a 26 meters high monument in honor to ‘El Cristo Redentor’ (Christ the Redeemer), patron of Cali, stands, the breeze that surrounds the city during the afternoons makes this a perfect place to escape the city’s heat and noise, so that visitors can spend time with their family or friends and take the best pictures of the landscape. the Christ seems to extend his arms to embrace Cali and its inhabitants, providing protection. Thus, this is an icon of the city and an essential stop for any traveler.
To stop in this place, inaugurated in 1952, implies to soak up a little of its history, since the plaques located on the base of the monument provide information about the most relevant events. At the same time, visitor get to relax in the benches and enjoy the weather and the landscape before buying some handcrafts and tastinge typical food, such as ‘agua de panela’ (cold or hot beverage made with panela -a sugar cane sub product-) and ‘fritanga’ (assortment of deep fried plantains, root vegetables and meat cuts) sold in huts and neighboring hamlets.
How to get there?
Cristo Rey is located in Cali. It can be reached by car, but we recommend to try it by walk, being a form of peregrination and exercising. It is approximately 8 kilometer from the police station in the base of the hill and the top. If you decide to drive, you will find a parking space few clocks away from the monument. Another option, is taking the MIO’s (Cali’s public transport) lane A04 that will drop you off halfway there, from where you will have to continue by walk.