Calima lake is the largest artificial lake in Colombia with an area of 70 km. It is located in the municipality of Darien in the Valle del Cauca Department.
The lake is part of a hydroelectric project for generating power for the department. C.V.C (Corporacion Autonoma Regional del Valle del Cauca) started the construction of the lake by 1961.
Calima lake has become a place for water sports and leasure activities. Vacational centers, restaurants and camping zones were built near the lake and now is a very popular and visited place from both national and international tourists, specially from near cities and towns like Cali and Buga. The average air temperature is 20 C which contrasts with cities like Cali.
There are basically 3 routes to arrive to Darien, coming from Cali which is the closest city, all by road transportation:
a) Cali - Palmira - Buga - Darien, 108 km. Good conditions route.
b) Cali - Yumbo - Vijes - Darien, 93 km, this is one of the most crowed routes, it's in good conditions and offers the tourist beautiful landscapes going near the Cauca river.
c) Cali - Dagua - Loboguerrero - Darien, 100 km. Mostly used by trucks, since it collides with Buenaventura.
The average annual temperature is 18.8 C, very pleasant, although by afternoon and in the night can be colder. The maximum temperature could be 28.8C and a minimum of 14.0C. The weather is classified as humid meso-thermal with a rain period of 189 days.
By the end of August, some cultural festivals and parties are celebrated in the town (Darien) and near the lake. The electronic party /festival called "Black and White Sensations" in tribute to the one hosted in Amsterdam, is one of the most important outdoor events in this category in Colombia and gathers music lovers from all the country and even international visitors.
Extreme sports are very popular in the Calima lake, the winds permit the people to have many options to enjoy the lake.
One of the most popular sports is the kitesurf.
www.lagocalima.com Not too much info, but better than nothing
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