General Information

Colombia, Santiago de Cali

Santiago de Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, synonymous with celebration and the world center of salsa dance. This city revels in its contrast, from its rivers, mountains and city valleys to its countryside, which makes it one of the most economically developed and culturally diverse cities in Colombia.

Cali is located southwest of the Valle del Cauca, 1.070 meters above sea level, between the Central and Western mountain ranges. Its northern border, Yumbo, its southern border is Jamundí, eastern borders are Palmira y Candelaria and the Río Cauca and to its west Farallones de Cali.

Alfonso Bonilla International Airport

The Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport (Code IATA: CLO, code OACI:SKCL) also known as the Palmaseca International Airport, is located in the municipality of Palmira and serves the capital of Valle de Cauca in the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia. This is located in the town of Palmira, 30 minutes from the capital. Two other airports are in Santa Ana in Cartago and in Buenaventura.


The weather is warm almost all year-round averaging at about 25' C (75' F). This warm climate prevails most of the year because the Western Mountain ranges prevent moist air from the Pacific Ocean to pass through to the city. We suggest that you visit the following page to check out the weather [click here]  


Electrical outlets used in Colombia are the same as those used in the United States and have 110 volts of electrical power. Electrical connectors or plugs have two flat inputs (Plug Type A) and/or with a third round input (Plug Type B). Please make sure to verify the accepted voltage with items such as hair dryers, electric razors, battery chargers, notebooks, video cameras, etc. make sure to bring adapters for electrical outlets with round holes.

Language and Interpretation

Spanish is the official language in Colombia. There will be simultaneous translation of English and Spanish and vice versa during all of the event sessions; except during the social events.


Foreigners, who are not residents in Colombia and have not exceeded 60 days, may apply for exemption in the Aero civil modules. These are available in the international airports, where verification is made by using the citizens Passport and confirming that all requirements are made. The passport is then sealed, and presented at the time of check-in. If foreigners stay in Colombia for more than 60 days they must pay a departure tax which averages between $38 to $68,000 which will need to be paid at the time of check-in.


The XIII IDB Civil Society Meeting is a Green event. All of the presentations and information of this event will be uploaded to this website.


The official currency of Colombia is the Colombian Peso. Currency foreign exchange must be made in Exchange offices at the airports, hotels, and Banks. The exchange rate fluctuates and its official benchmark is the U.S. dollar. For more information on currency exchange visit currency converter

Time Zone

Colombia shares the same time zone as Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Jamaica and Cuba. It is also the same as the Eastern Standard Time (EST) in Florida, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario and Quebec, among others. Colombia has a time difference from Greenwich Mean Time -5 throughout its territory (UTC -5). Due to its location near the equator, there are no seasons in Colombia; therefore there are no time changes.
Most commercial establishments open Monday to Saturday between 9:00/10:00am to approximately 7:00/9:00pm. Some stores close at noon between 12:00pm and 2:00pm.


We recommend that participants take proper precautions as they would anywhere else. For example: use the safes in your hotel room to keep your valuables and important documents; do no leave expensive electronics in plain sight; and only use official or recommended taxi services. For more information [click here].

Travel and Health Insurance

The IDB is neither responsible for the health or travel insurance of participants,  nor for theft or personal accidents. We recommend that participants take the proper precautions, and we suggest that participants inform themselves regarding travel insurance.


The cost of travelling to the XII IDB Civil Society Meeting, whether by plane or ground transportation, will be the responsibility of each participant.

For security reasons, we recommend that participants only use the taxi services located in the airport and in the hotels.


Casual attire is recommended for the conference and more elegant attire for the evening events. Remember that the temperature in the conference rooms may vary. In the evenings the temperature drops a bit, so we recommend a jacket, a sweater or a shawl.


The necessity of a visa depends on the country of origin of the participant. Passengers from countries that have restrictions must apply for a tourist visa at the Colombian consulate in their country of origin. Please check with your nearest consulate. For more information [click here].

Tourist Information

Tourist information on Cali [click here].

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