Salsa holiday 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’. ”


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

Description of Salsa holiday in Cali, Colombia

All levels of experience are welcome on this 8-day salsa holiday in Cali, Colombia where you set the pace. Assigned your own professional dance tutor from an award-winning dance school, you will have private daily classes learning all the most popular Latin styles from the Salsa, Mambo, and Bachata to the latest salsa fashion in Cali, the Salsa choke. As the classes are individually tailored, you can choose what you learn, opting to broaden your Latin moves or hone your skills with a select one or two.

Classes generally take place in the afternoon (although morning lessons can be arranged on request too) leaving mornings and evenings for you to explore. We’ve included a guided city tour to help you get your bearings.
Cali really comes alive at night and to help you put your skills into practice outside of the classroom, your dance partner will take you out twice to the best local dance and live music clubs on offer so you can dance the night away alongside the locals. There is one other accompanied night out with fellow students from the dance school.

This is an excellent starter holiday for those wishing to travel onwards through Colombia with a confident grounding in the history and culture of its salsa capital. Feel free to speak to us about options for extending your tour.

2019 DATES : Dance lessons start on any Monday all year round.

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Salsa holiday in Cali, Colombia

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When out on tour we encourage learning about the country we are travelling 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.


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 travelling. 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.

2 Reviews of Salsa holiday in Cali, Colombia

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2019 by

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

Dance lessons and getting to know the locals

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

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

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holiday 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 holiday?

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

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

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

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday 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 holiday 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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