Colombia

When to go to Colombia

The best time to go to colombia

Colombia enjoys a range of altitudes and environments, which means that depending on where you are you may experience different weather patterns, from the steamy lowlands of the Amazon Basin and Caribbean coastline which enjoy average temperatures of up to 30°C or 86°F to the cooler Andean mountains at 18°C or 64°F. However, due to its proximity to the equator it does not experience the dramatic fluctuations of other countries. 

Generally speaking, there is a drier period that may be most attractive time to visit, but this should by no means prevent you from experiencing wonderful Colombia and her many attractions at any time of year.

When to go

This is a guide for the country as a whole, indicating good times to plan a holiday, taking into account popular places to visit, wildlife encounters and overall weather. Please remember that where in the country will vary depending on month of travel.

When to go to Colombia by season

July - August; December - March

This period experiences less rainfall overall so many choose to visit Colombia and combine with the popular carnival period, which can be an exuberant affair to rival that of Brazil. Bogota is the starting point for most Colombian adventures and has a temperate spring-like climate, albeit milder than other parts of the country due to its altitude, set at 2,630m above sea level.

May - June; October - November

Generally considered to be the rainier periods, during these months you might experience short, sharp showers which are likely to be followed by sunshine. Areas set at altitude, including Bogota will be cooler than the lowlands, particularly in the evenings.

Festivals and Events

New Year’s Eve is a great time to be in Cartagena, where a lively celebration within the old city walls creates an incredible street party atmosphere. Semana Santa or ‘Holy Week’ is widely celebrated with gusto across the whole of Colombia, even in some of the smaller colonial towns which come to life with salsa, parades, live music and bullfights. Carnival in January/Feburary is a popular time to visit, and you should be aware that Colombians also have public holiday around this time, and take their holidays then, meaning accommodation can be busy and prices higher. 

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