When to travel to Colombia

Colombia is an all-year round destination, somewhere that you’ll find something happening in every month in the year. There aren’t, therefore, high and low seasons in the strictest sense. The most popular seasons are during Semana Santa, and the many puentes (long weekends) found throughout the year. During June and July you’ll also find it relatively busy due to school holidays.

Marimonda, Carnival of BarranquillaThe many festivals and events during the Colombian calendar year should be visited if possible, but be sure to plan accommodation well in advance. The most popular festival season is from December to February, where you’ll find several opportunities to revel in Colombian culture’s penchant for partying.

With regard to weather, the calendar is less than predictable in Colombia, especially since El Niño and La Niña hit the country.

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Traditionally there are two main seasons: summer (dry) and winter (wet). The dry season is considered to be from January to September, while October to December is generally the wet season. Of course, much depends on what you are and how the weather feels like acting: there’s no guarantee of sun in the dry season or rain in the wet season, and El Nino and La Niña have made these little more than generalisations. Always prepare for rain.

The main temporal changes occur because of altitude. The Andes mountains cut through the center of the country, making places such as Bogotá mild, while if you travel just 2 hours away from the city you’ll find it to be very warm, and even more so the lower down you get.

In highland Colombia (Bogota and around) expect the weather to be around 15-20 degrees at day, although it can drop dramatically at night due to the high altitude. If you want to visit beaches in the country, you should be fairly safe all year round with regard to weather, although as you’ll be in the tropics you should be aware that it could rain at any time. Medellin, another tourist hotspot, is known as the City of Eternal Spring for its beautiful climate, but don’t expect it to hold out from raining all the time. Temperatures generally sit around 20-25 degrees.

Beach in Tayrona Park ColombiaThe hottest part of the country is, predictably, the northern Caribbean coast, especially around La Guajira. This area is one of the hottest in the world, and the heat can be particularly oppressive thanks to the humidity.

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If you’re interested in bull-fighting, February is the season to go, and it finishes in mid-March. For golfers, it’s best to aim for the dry season during January to September.

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