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Best time to visit Colombia

Month-by-month guide of when to visit.

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A month by month guide of when to visit Colombia

One of the prime periods to visit Colombia is during the dry season, which typically runs from December to March. During this time, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures, lower humidity, and clear skies throughout most parts of the country. The Caribbean coast, including popular destinations like Cartagena and Santa Marta, is particularly appealing during this period, with its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for sunbathing and water sports.

If you're interested in exploring the coffee region or the Andean highlands, the dry season is also ideal. The months of December and January are particularly fantastic for coffee tours and hikes, as the weather is cool and refreshing.

Another excellent time to visit Colombia is during the shoulder seasons of April to June and September to November. These months offer a balance between good weather and fewer tourists. The landscapes are lush and vibrant, and you can experience the country's natural beauty in full bloom. This period is perfect for exploring the Amazon rainforest, hiking in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, or immersing yourself in the cultural festivals of Medellín and Bogotá.

It's important to note that Colombia has diverse microclimates due to its geographical features, so it's essential to research the specific regions you plan to visit. For example, the Pacific coast experiences high rainfall year-round, and the Amazon rainforest is humid and wet, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

However, if you don't mind occasional showers or want to experience Colombia's unique biodiversity, you can visit during the wet season. The months of July and August, as well as October and November, are popular for witnessing the natural spectacle of humpback whales migrating along the Pacific coast.

Regardless of the time of year, Colombia's cultural events and festivals add another layer of excitement to your visit. From the colourful Feria de Cali in December to the famous Carnaval de Barranquilla in February, these celebrations showcase the country's rich heritage and passion for music, dance, and gastronomy.

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January - February

January and February are the most popular times to visit Colombia, as they offer the best climate for relaxing and exploring. Along the east coast, cities like Cartagena and Santa Marta enjoy sunny days and pleasant temperatures, perfect for beach activities and investigating colonial architecture.

In February you can take part in the Barranquilla Carnival, one of the biggest festivals in the country, which features parades, music and dancing. It's the ideal moment to take in the bustling energy and revel in Colombia's eclectic vibe.

Important to note that Tayrona National Park is often closed to visitors during February as the park is maintained by the local indigenous people, who also practise cultural ceremonies there.

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March

During March you can expect the pleasant weather to continue, making it a great time to explore the country's diverse landscapes. Whether you're interested in hiking through expansive coffee plantations or relaxing on beautiful Caribbean beaches, you'll likely enjoy comfortable temperatures with fewer crowds than December through February.

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April

April marks the transition into the shoulder season but this mostly affects the lowlands. Temperatures are still pleasant, although the humidity rises. A great time to go rafting in San Gil, as the waters are high from increased rainfall.

Additionally, if you're interested in immersing yourself in Colombian traditions, Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in cities like Popayán and Mompox offer a unique cultural experience.

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May - June

May and June offer a mix of sunny days and occasional rain showers. The countryside is alive and green, offering picturesque landscapes for outdoor activities.

It's a great opportunity to explore Colombia's ecosystems, from the cloud forests to coastal regions. While the occasional rainfall may require a light jacket, it adds a refreshing touch to the air and enhances the natural beauty of the surroundings.

So, if you're planning a trip to Colombia in May or June, get ready for a charming blend of sunshine and showers amidst the country's stunning scenery.

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July

Colombia in July is also subject to frequent rainfall. The rain is vital to maintain the precious ecosystems, and the countryside comes alive with blooming flowers. It's a great time for nature enthusiasts and photographers, as the rain showers create stunning waterfalls and vibrant rainforest scenes. Just be sure to pack waterproof gear and plan indoor activities as a backup.

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August

In August, Colombia experiences varying weather conditions depending on the region. While some areas may still have occasional rain showers, others may enjoy drier and sunnier days. It's a good time to visit destinations like Cartagena and the Caribbean coast, where you can bask in the warm temperatures and explore beautiful beaches.

Head to Medellín for the Feria de las Flores, which showcases stunning floral displays, musical and cultural performances, and the famous silleteros, who carry intricate flower arrangements on their backs.

Additionally, August marks the start of the whale-watching season on the Pacific coast, offering a unique opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

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September

In September, Colombia experiences drier weather, creating an excellent opportunity to explore parks in the Amazon region, such as Amacayacu National Park. With fewer rainfall days, you can go on invigorating hikes and treks through the rainforest, allowing you to admire the incredible biodiversity.

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October

In many areas of Colombia, October is the wettest month. Spend time in Bogotá, the country's dynamic capital city, which is the perfect place to enjoy indoor activities during this time. Discover the city's vibrant cultural scene by visiting its fascinating museums, eye-catching art galleries, and mouth-watering dining options.

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November

In November, while various regions of the country experience unpredictable weather, the La Guajira peninsula in the northeast remains hot and dry. Its remote location offers a serene escape, away from the crowds, regardless of the season

If you prefer a surer bet on warmer weather, head to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Go to Cartagena around the 11th to join the independence celebrations.

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December

Embrace the sunny vibes in December as the high season returns. Visit Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Tayrona National Park. Feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the refreshing ocean waters. Alternatively, venture to Medellin, to absorb the city's vibrant culture.

For an unforgettable experience, visit Calí around Christmas to participate in the renowned Feria de Calí, Colombia's biggest salsa festival. Celebrate alongside the locals with flamboyant parades, fireworks, free concerts, and beauty pageants.

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