Pance River
Pance River
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Danny G
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Pance river is a wonderful place to share with family and friends, the weather is hot and at the same time the water is cold. You can enjoy typical foods such as sancocho and also the typical mecato (snacks) such as solteritas, wafers, empanadas, manga biche and other delicacies. Walking along the river bank and a good dip is great fun.

Written May 10, 2022
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Bebe D
Punta Cana132 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Wow what a beautiful River so peaceful and clean just hearing the sound of the water makes you feel you are in heaven! Got the opportunity to visit this river at night time and I must say I'm in love with this city. Our taxi driver Alexander Sepulveda was AMAIZING; he took us everywhere and waited for us so patiently i must also say that my great experience was thanks to Him! When in Cali must visit this river and the neighborhood! Counting days to go back!
Written August 20, 2015
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Andre Z
Rome, Italy82 contributions
Mar 2014 • Family
The Pance river has many entry points. Be sure you get to the right location. You can easily access the Pance river from the Cali-Jamundi highway, all the way up into the National Park that is just above the city of Pance. The way we see it, the higher you go the cleaner the water...

One of the nicest places to enjoy the river and scene is at the EcoParque de la Salud. To access the Park, take Carrera 122 off of Cañas Gordas and keep driving. Goggle has not mapped the road but you will have no problem finding it.

This link should help: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Cali,+Valle+del+Cauca/@3.3432866,-76.5408419,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8e30a643b69d2711:0x37dee5ad2745e3fb

I suggest you stop or park at the second entrance. You will need COP 4,000 (M-Sa) and COP 6,000 (Su and Holidays) for secure parking. From there you cross the foot bridge and either turn left or right to walk the 4.25 KM loop.

This is a great running spot with lots of shaded area for any-time-of-day runs. Half is a hill climb and half is down a nice slope. You decide direction. Lots of local footbal clubs and volunter organizations use the loop for exercise so you wont be alone.

On the weekends you will encounter many large groups, or families setting up for the day with pots of Sancocho cooking over an open fire. You can bring your dog as well. Bring a leash as in busy spots you may want to have it under control. Bikes are not allowed.

If you don't pack a snack, don't worry, there are lots of treats and fresh juices to purchase. Also, if you are not driving there are many options for local transport or you can easily hire a taxi from the corner of Cañas Gordas an 122 (also location of a grocery store if you need to get supplies) for the short trip to the river.

Don't forget to bring your bathing suite - the water is very refreshing!
Written March 20, 2014
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Lindsay S
2 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
Me - American/35/blonde hair/fair skin
Visited Colombia (stayed in Cali) for the first time. Found the people kind and helpful and had NEARLY perfect experience. Went to Pance River during the week - many locals were near the restaurant area and in the water. My friend and I crossed over the river, then walked 1/3 to 1/2 mile into woods, where we stopped seeing other people. !! DO NOT WALK/SWIM WHERE YOU DON'T SEE OTHER PEOPLE !!

We noticed a man about 15 feet away masturbating (watching us behind some plants). We quickly climbed back up the bank to leave. He approached with a gun, held his index finger to his lips to say "Ssshhh". The only way out was to jump back into the river, which was very low and extremely rocky. Every step we took, we lost our footing and crashed back down on the rocks. Felt like slow motion. We passed nearly 30 locals, who could tell we were traumatized (bloody knees/hands & crying), but NOT ONE person asked if we needed help.

....otherwise beautiful area.
Written March 30, 2017
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dadecon
melbourne17 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
We took a taxi to this beautiful, clear river which is just out of town. The river has swimming holes, places to sit and relax, clean clear water and lots of snack stalls in the vicinity. Rio Pance is a great way to spend a relaxing day. It is very busy at the weekends but that was just part of the fun.
Written September 9, 2013
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andresI377RQ
Cali, Colombia2 contributions
This wonderful river is located at no more than 15 minute ride from the outskirts of the city of Cali,Colombia.
You can enjoy of wonderful site to barbecue,sport or just swiming in the river under the wonderful tropical sun.You can bring your food and cook besides the river side and practice hicking and jogging in a paramount matiz of green vegetation and trees.The road to get there is paved and in excellent condition to go and spend a whole day of swimming and relaxation,besides having nice low price food restaurants and street sales.
Written May 19, 2015
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Easylivingtravel
Tampa, FL5,186 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
I could take a trip the river everyday. I would just sit there and think; enjoy a nice local meal; and bath in fresh river water. It is such a refreshing place to relax and get away from the city smog, noise, and crowds. However, on Sundays it is said to be crowded by the river also because that is the day most people are off and have free. I went on a Saturday early before 11 am. There are beverages and food at the Eco-park Pance River along with bathroom and changing facilities. Lunch is normally served around 12pm. For travelers and tourist visiting Cali looking for a nice place to relax, Rio Pance is the dream spot you will find. A taxi from the city ran me about 25,000 pesos (U$12.50) and there are buses going to river from the Cali Bus terminal, just inquire at the information desk. Happy Travels!!!!
Written February 27, 2015
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Jenny T.
New Jersey62 contributions
Going to the river is a Colombian tradition, you get the family together and make Sancocho by the river. It is a family friendly area, a lot of natives with some tourist. Great river and great place to get in touch with nature. The river is not as big as it used to be over 10 years ago, sadly it has been drying up but it is still worth going if you are visiting Cali. Make sure to take bug repellent as the Mosquitos have no mercy and comfortable sneakers and/or water shoes as the rocks tend to be slippery and you will want to wear them when going into the water.
Written December 30, 2014
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CourtneyK
Cali, Colombia3 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
Definitely worth seeing! Go on a hot day (the water is COLD), bring food and comfortable walking shoes that you don't mind getting wet (it's easier/less painful to walk in the river w/ shoes on), and go with cool people. Easiest and cheapest way to get there is by the recreational minibuses from from the terminal ($1,600 cop one way). You can also catch the MIO or a cab. There are public access points along the river, the further up the river the less crowded but fewer access points; also there are "clubs" you can pay to get into which also have access to the river and pools, food, floaties etc. The buses to get back to Cali are CROWDED so leave well before dusk to avoid the chaos...
Written August 20, 2014
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Anita C
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada27 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
We went up on a Sunday, and there were so many locals there! I was mislead by the travel book (Lonely Planet) on what to expect. It is just a river with big restaurants set up next to it every 500m or so. However, if you want a chance to swim in a river and mingle with the locals, have a barbecue and go for a hike to some waterfalls, this is the place to do it. Just don't bring any valuables.
Written August 15, 2013
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