Why we started Callejeros Tours in Cali, Colombia
We are Vanessa, from Cali, Colombia, and Niels, from the Netherlands. In 2010, Niels was traveling through South America for a year. His trip started in Argentina and he slowly made his way up to Colombia. When he arrived in Colombia he had about 3 months left to travel, before he ran out of money and needed to go back home. After a few days in the country he came to Cali, where he stayed for months.
Cali was the city where Vanessa lived. She worked an administrative job during the day and at night she studied accountancy in the university. In her free time, like a true Caleña, she loved to go out and dance Salsa and whenever her busy schedule allowed it, she explored the surroundings of Cali or other places in Colombia.
The two met in December during the Feria de Cali, the biggest event of the city, and this is where it all started. Niels moved to Cali en started working in a hostel, while Vanessa finished her study. When she got her diploma, they decided to travel through Central America for a few months and during this trip they got the idea to start Callejeros Tours. A big opportunity they thought. There were hardly any tour agencies focused on foreigners in the city and there is a lot to do and see in and around Cali. Even though the city had the image that you can only go and dance salsa there. They were going to prove all those people wrong and show people how amazing the place really is.