Hostels in Cali, Colombia

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Get to know Cali (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cali. To help you make friends with Cali before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Salsa in the streets

Cali is the third-largest city in Colombia, located in the south of the country about twelve hours by bus from Bogota. With a tropical climate, Cali has an average of around thirty degrees Celsius each day. Leave your Cali hostel and visit one of the many bars -- the city places close up at 2 a.m., whereas including Menga aka La Zona Rosa, a suburb outside the main city, stay going long into the night. There are a variety of different places, indoor and outdoor, bars and discos. The main music in Cali is salsa and visitors have the opportunity to try this with some of the locals. Even if salsa is not your thing and you are too shy to try, you can enjoy an evening admiring the skills of the locals. Recommended places are Jala Jala Club or Lolas.

An enjoyable way to spend an afternoon outside your Cali hostel is to hike up to Las Tres Cruces (The Three Crosses). It takes about two hours and can be reached by a number of different tracks. At the top are TV towers (secure location), an outdoor gym, and an altar where mass is said weekly. Chipichape is a large shopping mall near the city centre if shopping is your thing. The rich people of Cali dress well and prices are relatively expensive. Other than that there is actually very little to do in Cali. Most people only spend a couple of nights before moving on to Medellin, Bogota, or south to the Zona Cafetera or onto Ecuador.

The hostels in Cali are good quality and have all the services for backpackers. Many of them are newly refurbished and very clean.

Written by local enthusiast for Cali hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Cali hostels RayJ

FAQ about Cali Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Cali. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Cali. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Cali costs on average $8 for a dorm. A hostel in Cali with private rooms costs on average $28.
Hostelz.com shows all 36 Hostels in Cali. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
La Vaina Hostel Cali is the best rated hostel in Cali for female solo travellers.
Hostelz.com compares prices for 36 hostels in Cali, Colombia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Cali such as
  • 20 hotels
  • 10 guesthouses
  • 9 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Cali.

La Vaina Hostel Cali is the best rated hostel for partying in Cali.

It offers: Nightclub, Bar.

Your Packing List for Cali

Your Packing List for Cali

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Cali and Colombia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Cali Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Cali, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
36 Total number of hostels
$8 Average dorm price
$28 Average private room price
$5 Cheapest hostel in Cali
Casablanca Hostel Cali B&B is the cheapest
13 Party hostels in Cali
La Vaina Hostel Cali is the best rated
Most Cali hostels are located in
Barrio San Antonio, Santa Monica Residencial, Barrio Granada
5.5 Average rating of all hostels

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Jamundi (20 Km / 12 mi.)
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Valle del Cauca (35 Km / 22 mi.)
Buga (57 Km / 36 mi.)
Buenaventura (75 Km / 47 mi.)
Silvia (93 Km / 58 mi.)

Travel Tips for Cali - from the Community

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