Salsa vacation in Cali, Colombia

“Learn to Salsa or hone your Mambo with private dance lessons and accompanied nights out to the top dance and live music venues in Cali, the ‘salsa capital of the world’. ”

Highlights

10 private dance lessons x 1 hour with your own professional dance partner(s) | 1 half day city tour including transport & guide | Accompanied nights out to live music & dance venues - entrances & transport included on 2 nights | Flexible itineraries and option for extra individual dance classes/excursions

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Departure information

Dance lessons start on any Monday all year round
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Environment
When out on tour we encourage learning about the country we are traveling in, the local culture of the people we work with and the areas we pass through. Our local Colombian guides conduct detailed briefing meetings and informal talks with clients to inform about and discuss with them all aspects of local life and try to answer any questions clients may have about the local area. This helps our clients to understand the country more and to better appreciate the lives of the people who live there. We encourage everyone to learn some Spanish before they come on tour so as to be able to communicate with local people, even at a basic level.

By staying in local homes and small locally owned hotels as much as possible, we are able to make a direct economic input into local communities. We enable interaction with local people through community activities and other events thus enabling our clients to meet and get to know people from the area. All our dance tutors and specialist guides are local people and they are treated and paid fairly. Where possible, food is purchased locally and we encourage cooking with local products. We ask everyone to bring donations of clothing and other items to present to local community projects we visit thus directly benefitting local people.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We organise and promote socially and culturally aware travel, and strongly believe that our trips provide a unique and authentic way to be involved with local people when traveling. Our trips are organised through a wide network of local representatives, guides, teachers, travel and accommodation providers, all of whom facilitate getting to know the local scene beyond the mainstream tourist trails. By operating locally, we are able to actively contribute to the local economy.
We include accommodation in a small, locally owned hostal in the historic barrio of San Antonio which ensures that monies are spent at a very local level and we are able to directly contribute to the local economy. Our dance classes take place at a Colombian owned dance school, working with locally trained professional dance teachers who we believe are treated and paid fairly. Lessons are mainly in Spanish and so we encourage our clients to have some language skills, even at a basic leve, which facilitates cultural integration.
We support local Colombian businesses in every aspect of our trips - accommodation, transport, meals, drinks and activities - thus contributing directly to the local economy and community. We also regularly organise donations for local schools and educational projects. We recommend that clients consider donations of items such as toiletries, baby and childrens clothing for projects we support.

Climate

3 Reviews of Salsa vacation in Cali, Colombia

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Reviewed on 01 Dec 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The people I encountered in Cali were so warm and hospitable. The hotel was like a step back in time but the people running it couldn’t have been nicer. The dance school was professional and welcoming and the teaching of a very high standard.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I think people should get there at least a day or two before the dance lessons start so that they can do excursions either in or outside of Cali. There was a lot I would have liked to have done but didn’t have enough time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The hotel, dance school and day trip organizers were all local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent and I’d definitely do it again.

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Dance lessons and getting to know the locals

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Have cash (pesos) as they don't always take cards

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe so, as they provided services, sold products etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Cali has impressed me with its warm and friendly people and excellent dancing.
I have had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Dance classes were good quality and fun.
The hotel has a very convenient position and the owner has been extremely welcoming and helpful. The structure needs a bit of maintenance, but this is the only downside.
I have been there on my own and I felt safe and comfortable all the time.
Definitely worth going! :-)

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The team at the salsa school were so welcoming and friendly, loved it!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very well organised, incredibly welcoming and friendly team at the dance school, definitely recommend.

Read the operator's response here:

We are delighted that you enjoyed your salsa vacation in Cali so much and that you found the team at our dance school welcoming and friendly. Many thanks
for your positive comments.

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