Hills above Cali

Cerro de las Tres Cruces and Cristo Rey are two hills above the city of Cali, Colombia, that attract tourists and locals alike.

 

Cerro de las Tres Cruces

The first hill, Cerro de las Tres Cruces, has three large crosses and a bunch of antennae. Our taxi driver wouldn’t take us there because he said there is nothing up there and it’s not safe to visit on weekdays.

Cerro de las Tres Cruces in Cali, Colombia

Cerro de las Tres Cruces

 

Cristo Rey

Instead, he took us to Cristo Rey, a smaller version of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer monument towering over the city. It was built in 1953 and stands 26m high. Admission is free and the views are great. The driver charged us COP$50,000 round trip. Once in the parking lot, we walked up to the statue for the views of Cali.

Cristo Rey in Cali, Colombia

Cristo Rey

View of Cali from Cristo Rey in Cali, Colombia

View of Cali from Cristo Rey

On the way back to town, we stopped at a sculpture in the side of a mountain by Carlos Andrés Gómez.

Carlos Andrés Gómez Sculpture in Cali, Colombia

Carlos Andrés Gómez sculpture

We also made a quick stop at a statue of Sebastián de Belalcázar, founder of Cali, with another nice view of the city.

Sebastián de Belalcázar statue in Cali, Colombia

Sebastián de Belalcázar statue

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