Cali, Colombia
Cali, Colombia
Cali, Colombia

Pros and Cons of Living in Cali

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: 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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What are the pros and cons of living in Cali?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Cali responded:

"I do not live in the city, I'm about an 1:15 outside of Cali in the mountains where it's much cooler. Cali can be quite hot much of the time and the traffic, crowds, and pollution are too much for me. I do drive into Cali about one a week for shopping or medical reasons. I find these day trips quite tolerable but prefer to back home by 7pm," remarked another expat in Cali.

"For me Cali, Colombia is too hot. I'm considering a move to a city closer to Medellin," explained one expat living in Cali.

"Cali is a wonderful tropical destination. Because it is located at 3000 feet above sea level the climate is moderate most of the time. It is best to make certain that you are not in a flooding zone during the rainy season. You can obtain many imported products that were not available 10 years ago at reasonable prices. If not, use Amazon or MercadoLibre Colombia to obtain what you want," said another expat in living in Cali, Colombia.

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