Salsa Dancing in Cali

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Last night I did what they do in Cali: I went dancing! A guy I met at the hostel, Tattoo (not his real name), took a few of us there to meet some friends of his and to dance! Tattoo is Brazilian but has been living in the hostel for a few months so he knows a lot of people in the city. I will never get this night spent salsa dancing in Cali.

We went to this bar downtown called Topa Tolandra. Cover was a reasonable $10,000 COP, which included 2 drink tickets. The place was empty when we arrived at around 9:30pm, but that didn’t last long and the bar started filling with dancers.

Topa Tolandra Cali
The empty bar when we arrived

The place filled up and my expectations were blown away! First of all, the crowd was very young and so diverse. Black, Latin, White, Colombian, Foreigners, and everybody was dancing and talking. What a fun night! My face hurt from smiling it was so enjoyable.

Topa Tolandra Cali
Crowded Salsa Bar

And yes, to your question, I did dance! I found dancing salsa very approachable. Compared to swing dancing, this is easy! No rules, just move to the music and have fun. I could do this, and did. Everyone was dancing so no one is paying attention to each other or critiquing moves anyway. Salsa Dancing in Cali is a must!

Salsa Dancing Cali
Salsa Dancing

I didn’t take a lot of photos because the lighting wasn’t great, it was super crowded and I was dancing salsa after all.

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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, blogging about the places we visit and the adventures we have. Love hiking, cycling, scuba, animals and adventure.

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