Long off limits during the civil war, Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali is a 1,500-sq.-km national park that is gradually opening back up to the world. Most who come here do so via the park’s eastern corner, in the quaint mountain hamlet of Pance, which is where many Caleños have fincas and come to relax and get out of the heat on the weekends. It has just one street, with a handful of bars and country-style restaurants that mostly stay closed during the week. The clear river here is great for swimming and there are a few hikes to nearby waterfalls, though you’ll need to hire a guide and pay the entrance fee (COP$5,000) back in Cali at the Corporación Autónoma Regional del Valle de Cauca (www.cvc.gov.co; tel. 2/620-6600; Carrera 56 no. 11–36). Guides can be found at the visitor center at El Topocio, a 30-minute walk from Pance (ask around for directions). Several trails leave from here, including the 7-hour round-trip hike to Pico de Loro ★, the famed peak that hovers above the park, as well as the 5-day hike to Pico de Pance (ask at the park office in Cali, at Calle 29n no. 6N–43, about setting this up with a guide in advance).
If you don’t have your own transportation, getting to Pance requires getting in a minibus outside of Cali’s bus terminal, marked PUEBLO PANCE; minibuses run between 5:30am and 8pm. The trip takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. There are several campsites and cabin facilities in Pance if you decide to stay overnight to get an early start.
About an hour north of Cali is the village of Buga ★, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site because of the miracles performed here in the 1500s. There’s a large basilica here now, as well as a microbrewery (not in the same location, obviously). It makes a good base for short hikes into the countryside.
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