Cali, Colombia
Cali, Colombia
Cali, Colombia

Moving to Cali, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Cali enjoys a low cost of living, a population of approximately 2.5 million and year-round temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. If you're not used to hot weather, expats will say that Cali may not be the right spot for you.

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Should I buy or rent a home in Cali?

If you have not spent a lot of time in Cali, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"We are currently renting, but when I get there permanently next year, we will be buying. We actually were able to sign up for a government plan through a local bank. We make monthly deposits & in a year, they'll offer us our mortgage," remarked another expat in Cali, Colombia.

What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Cali?

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Italy, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and the Living in Panama Guide. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Cali, Colombia: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Cali

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Meet other people living in Cali.

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Expats and global nomads in Cali share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Colombia, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

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Pros and Cons of Living in Cali, ColombiaPros and Cons of Living in Cali, Colombia

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Cali, Colombia.

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Real estate listings in Cali.

Retiring in CaliRetiring in Cali

Retiring in Cali, Colombia.

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Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Cali.

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