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The salsa capital of the world: Cali has certainly earned the title it has given itself. No matter where you go in the city – restaurants, shops, or even at the dentist – the rhythmic sounds of salsa are everywhere. A visit to Cali is not complete without an evening of dancing in one of the ‘salsotecas’ or salsa bars.
With over 130 salsa bands, thousands of salsa students, a hundred or so salsotecas and even a few world champions, Cali lives and breathes salsa. The city has embraced this style of music that originated in Cuba and Puerto Rico and made it its very own. Whether it’s an ordinary Monday or busy Saturday night, people dance salsa every single day of the week and often until the early hours. The law that determines the closing hours of dance clubs is mockingly called ‘ley zanahoria’ or ‘carrot law’ - only those who are as boring as a carrot would go home at that time.
“Caleños have added their own style to salsa”