Digital Nomad Life in Cali, Colombia
Summary: Digital nomads and expats talk about what it is like to live in Cali, Colombia. Get tips from others living in Cali about where to live, how to find a place to live, pros and cons of living in Cali and more.
What do people appreciate most about the culture in Cali?
"I ask for the girl friend's mother and father's approval early on and got approval from the whole family even though I am much older than she," said another foreigner in Cali.
What do people find most challenging about the culture in Cali?
"The most challenging may be that she is Catholic and I am Christian. But Saturday is my Church day and Sunday is hers so we can work that out," explained one person living in Cali, Colombia.
What residency documents or visas did I need if I will be in Cali for a while?
"I secured a Spousal Visa 2 years ago... it was a little bit challenging. There were offices that Walter wasn't allowed to go into with me. But once they discovered that we needed his translation skills (LOL), he was promptly admitted. Fortunately, I had ALREADY had our Marriage License "legalized" with the Colombian Consulate in Miami, so that wasn't a problem. But we DID have to have our US Marriage License translated. We had this done at a local college very inexpensively. We also were required to travel to Bogota to get the Visa. But we were told that as all of my documentation is now on file, we can obtain my Residence Visa there in Cali," said another foreigner in Cali.
What cultural blunders should I try to avoid making in Cali?
We asked people in Cali if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. They wrote:
"If I did, I'm too dumb to notice. I'm always polite and gentlemanly and find that Colombian people like to practice their English on me," remarked another member in Cali.
What are the pros and cons of living in Cali?
"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," said another member in Cali.
"For me Cali, Colombia is too hot. I'm considering a move to a city closer to Medellin," explained one expat in Cali.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is one of the founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and the Founder and President of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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