Learn to dance in Cali, Colombia

Learn to dance in Cali, the salsa capital of Colombia!  A heady week of private dance lessons, accompanied nights out to the top dance and live music venues in the city and a full day trip to the countryside outside the city provide you with a wonderful opportunity to experience something totally new.

Your dance tutors will bring out the best in you, whether at beginner or advanced level, and nights out in Cali will demonstrate just how much fun it is to be on the dancefloor.  Learn to dance during the day and put it all into practice at night.

Please keep reading for full details of this trip.

  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • all year round
  • Cost:  from £1,375

“Incredible dance holiday in Cali, Colombia! – [My guide], was excellent not only as a driver/guide, but also as a chaperon in all of the night clubs. [My teacher] is a fantastic teacher of salsa and I learned a tremendous amount of new moves and sequences. [My accommodation] was excellent. The staff are all extremely friendly and take an interest in their guests beyond the usual obligations of their duties. Through all [of the people involved in my trip], I was able to gain quite a substantial idea about life in Cali and Colombia. I liked the lush countryside and the waterfalls. The market in Cali with exotic fruits is unforgettable. San Antonio barrio was very pleasant. It was a wonderful week in Colombia, I fell in love with the country!” (AT, England, Jan 2017)

This 9 day trip is available all year round and is an ideal way to learn to dance in Cali.  The private lessons focus on some of the  most popular Latin dance styles, including Salsa, merengue and chachacha.  It is designed for solo travellers, with single room accommodation, individual dance lessons and accompanied nights out with a local guide or dance partner.

Professional dance tutors will teach you at your own pace, as the classes are all individual, and according to  which dance(s) you particularly want to learn.  The trip can be amended on request to include additional dance classes or trips, but is available for a minimum period of 1 week.

Please also see our optional extended tour ‘Highlights of Colombia’

The below itinerary can be amended on request and is subject to change depending on the season

  • Saturday

    Arrive Cali, airport transfer and check into accommodation
    Welcome meeting with your local guide

  • Sunday

    Morning orientation walk around Barrio San Antonio, including visit to the crafts market
    Aero-rumba class at the salsa school.
    Afternoon guided visit to Barrio Obrero, famous for its weekly Sunday matinee dance events (entries and transport included)
    Return to accommodation mid evening
    Rest of evening free

  • Monday

    Morning free
    Afternoon private dance lessons x 2 hours and guided panoramic city tour of Cali
    Free evening

  • Tuesday

    Morning free
    Afternoon private dance lessons x 2 hours
    Accompanied night out to local live music venue (entries and transport included)

  • Wednesday

    Morning free
    Afternoon private dance lessons x 2 hours
    Accompanied night out to local live music venue (entries and transport included)

  • Thursday

    Morning free
    Lunch in typical Caleno restaurant (cost of meal included)
    Afternoon private dance lessons x 2 hours
    Accompanied night out to local live music venue (entries and transport included)

  • Friday

    Morning free
    Afternoon private dance lessons x 2 hours
    Accompanied night out to local dance venue (entries and transport included)

  • Saturday

    Full day excursion to Chorrero del Indio waterfall for freshwater swimming, with lunch, guide and transport
    Evening viejoteca tour

  • Sunday

    Breakfast and check out of accommodation
    Private transfer to Cali airport
    End of trip

The trip costs £1,375 per person and includes:

  • Hostal accommodation: single room including breakfast  x 8 nights
  • Meals: breakfast every morning and one typical lunch
  • Dance classes: 10 private dance lessons with your own professional dance partner(s) + 1 Aerorumba lesson
  • Excursions  / Activities: 1 full day + 3 half day excursions/tours including transport, bilingual Spanish/English speaking guide, entries
  • Nights out: accompanied nights out to live music and dance venues with entrances and transport included
  • Tour leader: bilingual Spanish/English Caledonia tour leader
  • Transfers: to and from Cali airport on arrival and departure

For upgraded accommodation, the package price would be as follows for a single room with breakfast:

3* Hotel (e.g. Posada San Antonio)   £1,475

4* Hotel (e.g. El Penon) £1,550

5* Hotel (e.g. Boutique San Antonio) £1625


Please note the following are not included:

  • Flights*
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches and dinners, unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Drinks on nights out
  • Local transport outwith programme
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Services not mentioned in the programme

* These can be arranged by us on request


Accommodation:

There are a number of hotels in Cali ranging from 2 – 4* and we can book any hotel on request, subject to availability. Please contact us for more details.

An additional  trip can be organised around the top cultural and historic highlights of the country. Please click the link below for full details:

Highlights of Colombia 

“I had a fabulous time and was very impressed with the country – probably the friendliest I have been to. Teaching was very good. I can’t speak highly enough of [my guide] who regularly went the extra mile (or 2) to make sure I had the complete experience” (GH, England, Sep 2016)