In the valley of the River Cauca, the city of Calais, a provincial department of the Department of Vallée-duelle-Cauca, has sprung up in the western part of the Córdilliers. Its founder is the Spaniard Szébastien de Bellellecascasseur. Calais was laid out in 1536 and developed initially as a small settlement surrounded by plantations of sugarcane and caffeine. Thanks to its successful agricultural development, it soon became an important center of trade and industry in Colombia.
The origin of the name of the city has several variations. But none of them has been accurately confirmed. In the Aothetian language Kālī Kālī is translated as “Home”. Perhaps the name is derived from the river flowing on the southern edge of the city, which sounds like “Wet”. It is believed that the name of the city was derived from the Yanoconas, who migrated there from Ecuador.
The many cultural institutions of Callelli provide a record of the history and development of the city since its founding. The archaeological museum contains artifacts uncovered during excavations and dating back to the ancient period before the discovery by the Europeans of southern America. The life and work of Spanish colonial painters is portrayed by exhibits at the Museum of Colonial Art. A rare collection of gold jewelry and cultural artifacts in Calima is preserved by the Museo dellOro Gold Museum.
The Plaça de Trogros de Canabarerelhoe is considered a remarkable site in Calima. Its territory is the place where the traditional corrados are held. The oldest religious institution in the city is the Isle of Arc de la Merced, built in the 17th century. The hilltop elevation in the central part of Calais is decorated by the Church of the Ignatius de la SantAntonio.
Located in the city, the monument of Monumento de las Tres Crusas has been the site of memorials since ancient times. The Parque Nacional de la Félicense de Calais is a great landscape of natural landscapes, with a multitude of varieties of trees and other vegetation. Many of the ancient plantations of rich patrons are now museums.
- Air quality: 27 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 2,000,000 people
- GDP: $5,806 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 115V60Hz
- Internet: 12 Mbps
- Best wireless: Tigo
- Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners
- Tipping: On most restaurant bills in Colombia, there is a 10% voluntary (propina voluntaria). While you are not required to pay it, nearly everybody does. The staff members typically share the tip money. If you had exceptional service, you can decide to leave an extra tip in cash.
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
- More hotels: Hotels.com
- Best taxi: Tappsi
- Best coworking space: Cowork Cali
- Online electronics shop: Falabella
- Best short-haul air carrier: Copa Airlines
- Best intl air carrier: Avianca
- Monthly costs for expat: $500
- Monthly costs for family: $1100
- Monthly costs for local: $320
- Meal: $4
- Small Cola: $0.4
- Beer 1 Pint: $1.4
- Coffee: $1.6
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