Cali, Colombia – City Guide for Digital Nomads and Expats

Cali is a large city in southwestern Colombia. Known for salsa dancing, beautiful women, and crime! A major industrial and commercial hub of the country. It is one of the fastest growing economies in Colombia, and both Colombians and expats are moving in to try and get a piece of the action.

POPULATION: 2,500,000 


 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN CALI

$400.00. Property prices have risen in recent years, but $400.00 will get you an apartment in Cali.

 

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NIGHTLIFE IN CALI

8.75/10 

There are too many bars and clubs in Cali, and I mean that in the best possible way. Many are salsa-based, so know a few steps before you arrive. Trust me. In Cali, this may be more important than knowing Spanish. There are other styles of bars as well, ranging from rock to reggaeton, but I guarantee that every night you go out at some point you will be required to dance salsa. Stick to Avenida 6. There is a sickening number of bars and clubs on this one street alone (again, I mean that in the best possible way).

I recommend: First, Bourbon Streetthen take the 5 minute walk to to San Alejo BarIf you want to go to a salsa club in Cali, ask the cab driver where the best one is.

 

IS CALI, COLOMBIA SAFE?

So-so. Cali has a reputation for being a bit dangerous and, like Medellin, certain neighbourhoods can feel more than a bit dodgy. Don’t dress like a high-roller and take cabs at night. 10 years ago or so it was really bad, but going into 2020, things have improved a lot.

 

COST OF LIVING IN CALI 

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $715 USD/month to live in Cali, Colombia

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

You should be able to get an English teaching job here without much difficulty.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Cali is the place to be in Colombia right now. The girls are on fire and the city is modern and expanding economically. It is still dangerous, and gang warfare has even seen a rise in recent years, but if you’re smart you won’t get into trouble. And the silver lining is that crime scares tourists away, especially Americans. Enjoy the fruits of this city while you can; I have a feeling that it won’t stay this good for long.

OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10

 

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