One Night in Cali, Colombia

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I rode from Ipiales to Cali, Colombia via the Fronteras/Bolivariana bus.  The coach was very nice and clean in contrast to the buses I rode in Ecuador.  The ride was long, much longer than the 8 or 9 hour estimate that I was given.  We left Ipiales at 11:30 a.m., to arrive at 11:30 p.m. in Cali.  I was uncertain about the taxis when I got to the terminal so I spoke to two very nice Colombian Nacional Police officers that helped me arrange a ride.  They called the hostel and confirmed the location and directions and then gave that information to a cab driver and confirmed the amount I should pay for the ride.  The Colombian Police were so nice and helpful and I very much appreciated their assistance.  

The quaint and lovely hostel I found online - Casa Agua Canela was definitely not so lovely in person.  As the cab was driving along I became concerned as I saw that residential neighborhood was rather downtrodden and the Cali image that came to mind was more of Compton, California.   I had prepaid a deposit of $5.00 USD using, but I accept the loss and I assume that the person I corresponded with via email; Esperanza Trujillo, gets lots of $5 deposits but never sees the travelers.

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