When is the best time to visit Colombia?
There’s not one best time to visit Colombia, because weather variations are determined more by region than clearly defined seasons.
The main differences of note are in the highlands, where nights become chilly in areas of higher altitude. The lowlands enjoy a tropical climate year-round, with little temperature variation, though more frequent rain showers will be noticeable in the wetter months of April to June and again in October and November.
Overall, Colombia is a year-round destination, particularly along the Caribbean coast and in Medellin, where warm, dry weather is prevalent for almost the entire year.
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Colombia Climate Guide
|Bogota||19°C 37mm||20°C 50mm||20°C 71mm||19°C 116mm||19°C 102mm||18°C 57mm||18°C 42mm||18°C 45mm||19°C 62mm||18°C 130mm||19°C 110mm||19°C 65mm|
|Cartagena||31°C 2mm||31°C 0mm||32°C 0mm||32°C 17mm||32°C 105mm||32°C 115mm||32°C 83mm||32°C 82mm||31°C 119mm||31°C 193mm||32°C 108mm||32°C 24mm|
|Medellín||27°C 48mm||27°C 64mm||28°C 94mm||27°C 177mm||27°C 200mm||27°C 138mm||28°C 120mm||27°C 140mm||27°C 162mm||26°C 201mm||26°C 152mm||26°C 83mm|
|Santa Marta||32°C 7mm||33°C 1mm||33°C 2mm||33°C 18mm||33°C 61mm||33°C 70mm||33°C 51mm||33°C 61mm||33°C 96mm||32°C 111mm||32°C 59mm||33°C 19mm|
|Tayrona National Park||32°C 13mm||33°C 4mm||33°C 7mm||33°C 34mm||33°C 80mm||33°C 84mm||33°C 63mm||33°C 81mm||33°C 136mm||32°C 178mm||32°C 120mm||32°C 38mm|
|Zona Cafetera||23°C 175mm||23°C 189mm||23°C 234mm||22°C 307mm||22°C 250mm||22°C 186mm||23°C 127mm||22°C 155mm||22°C 198mm||21°C 364mm||21°C 311mm||22°C 226mm|
Month-by-month guide to travelling in Colombia
Visiting Colombia in December - March
Colombia’s high season sees plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. Early planning is crucial for December and January, which see a huge influx of domestic holidaymakers and international visitors.
Events & Festivals
- Festival of Lights (early December): Around the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Villa de Leyva marks the event with a small festival of light, where balconies and terraces are lit by candles and lanterns.
- Hay Literary Festival (January): The Hay Literary festival stages a partner event in Cartagena, with the four day programme usually filled with plenty of events and readings. Read more
Visiting Colombia in April - June
The start of the rainy season brings slightly wetter weather in some places, but persistent rainfall is very unusual. You should plan ahead if you wish to visit over Easter as this a popular time for regional tourism.
Visiting Colombia in July - August
In many areas a mini dry season returns to the country, bringing wonderful conditions once again for visiting Colombia’s cultural highlights, beautiful countryside, jungles and beaches. Some airlines will increase their fares in line with European and North American holiday periods.
Events & Festivals
- Medellin Flower Festival (August): Medellin’s annual flower festival sees the streets filled with truly astonishing flower displays as well as live music and other festivities. Read more
Visiting Colombia in September - November
This is the low season in Colombia, but due to the country’s unique geographical position visitors to many of the main attractions will not find their travel hindered by prolonged periods of rain. Long spells of dry weather can still be enjoyed, and many take advantage of off-peak travel to get a wider choice of hotels and lower rates than in the months to follow.
Events & Festivals
- Independence Day of Cartagena (11th November): Visitors to Cartagena on this day can enjoy colourful parades, music and dance.
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