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Colombia is a vibrant country with a rich culture, incredible landscapes and unexpected adventures for those who decide to visit. And the best time to explore Colombia is during the dry season, from December to March. This period offers warm temperatures and perfect conditions for outdoor adventure tours.
In the dry season, travelers can hike in the Andes, explore lush coffee regions and enjoy the stunning coastline without rainfall, however, keep in mind that the season aligns with peak tourist season, meaning more significant crowds and potentially higher prices.
- Isabel Evans
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|High season||Dry season/summer (December to March and June to August)|
|Low season||Wet season (April to May and October to November)|
Read our seasonal guide on the best time to visit Colombia below.
Dry Season/Summer in Colombia – December to March and June to September
The dry season in Colombia spans from December to March and June to August. For the ideal Colombian adventure, visit in the months of December to March. These months have comfortable average temperatures around 27°C (81°F), and infrequent rainfall, making it the best time of the year to visit Colombia. While the Easter season may be a quieter experience compared to the crowds of summer, the weather is the main draw in these warmer months.
In the Andes, including Bogotá and the coffee region (which includes Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia), summer marks one of the driest times of the year. On the Caribbean coast, rainfall may increase from May onward, yet temperatures are still nice enough to sightsee. In higher altitudes like Bogotá and Villa de Leyva, rainy days may feel chilly but they will likely be few and far between.
|Average temperature||27°C (81°F)|
|Is dry season a good
time to go to Colombia?
|Yes, this is the best time to visit Colombia as the days are clear, warm, and sunny across the country.|
- Embark on a trekking tour through the lush jungles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Hike ancient trails and stone staircases to discover places like the enigmatic Lost City, an archaeological wonder hidden in the forest.
- Spy magnificent humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean. In summer, these magnificent creatures visit the waters off Colombia. A boat tour is a good option!
- Join the lively celebrations of Colombia's independence in historic Cartagena. The streets nearly burst with parades, traditional dances, tasty food and music.
- Experience Medellin during the Flower Festival, when the city blooms with stunning flower displays, intricately designed flower floats, and other local celebrations.
- Explore coffee farms in Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia on a coffee and tea tour. Engage in immersive tours to learn about coffee cultivation, harvesting, and processing while tasting freshly brewed, aromatic Colombian coffee.
- Escape to the Columbian islands of San Andres and Providencia, both home to crystal-clear Caribbean waters, pristine beaches, and swaying palm trees.
- Summer is a popular tourist season in Colombia, so expect crowds at major attractions. Book accommodation and tours in advance to ensure you don’t miss out.
- Keep altitude sickness in mind. Bogotá, for example, is at quite a high altitude. Stay hydrated and consider chewing coca leaves like the locals do.
Wet Season in Colombia – April to May and October to November
The wet season in Colombia, spanning from April to May and September to November, sees increased rainfall in regions like the Andes and the Caribbean Coast, mostly in October and November. While the higher rainfall may affect your travel plans or comfort level, Colombia remains accessible year-round and you’ll find far fewer tourists during this period.
For nature enthusiasts, this balmy season with average temperatures around 26°C (79°F) offers the opportunity to witness whales on the Pacific Coast until October and vibrant algae blooms in Caño Cristales until November. For those who seek an Amazonian adventure, water levels on the Amazon River decrease until November, making it an excellent time to explore the lush rainforest by foot while staying in eco-lodges or on nature treks.
|Average temperatures||26°C (79°F)|
|Is the wet season a good
time to go to Colombia?
|Depends. The wet season sees fewer tourists but the heavy rain may limit the activities you can do in Colombia.|
- Head to the awe-inspiring "River of Five Colors'' in Caño Cristales. Hike along the banks of the river, which are adorned with vibrant aquatic plants that create a mesmerizing display of colors.
- Experience the lush Amazon Rainforest at its peak vibrancy in the wet season, when wildlife spotting is at its best. Make an effort to meet nearby indigenous communities to learn about their histories as well.
- Get your adrenaline pumping on an adventure tour with thrilling whitewater rafting adventures in San Gil, Conquer the tumultuous rivers, navigating through swirling rapids and taking in the breathtaking landscapes.
- Explore the rich world of South American theater, with a variety of shows and performances at venues such as Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo and Teatro Colón Bogotá to escape the rain.
- Be sure to research local festivals and events happening during your visit as many towns celebrate unique festivals during this season, offering a chance to immerse yourself in Colombian culture.
- Expect rain showers and plan your activities accordingly, so consider indoor attractions like museums or theater performances to make the most of your visit despite the weather.
Colombia is an endlessly surprising country with lush rainforests, virgin beaches, towering mountains and rare wildlife packed into its borders. With two great seasons during the year to enjoy a visit here, or fewer crowds during the wet season, there’s no wrong time to go and there are activities for all ages and interests.
If you’re planning a trip to Colombia, make sure to read our travel guide. We cover an array of topics from things to do in Colombia to month-by-month travel insight and how long to stay. If you are overwhelmed with ideas, talk to our travel experts who are more than happy to create a customized trip to Colombia for you.
|Dry season||Wet season|
|Dec to Mar||Jun to Sep||Apr to May||Oct to Nov|
|Bogota||20°C||65 mm||20°C||45 mm||19°C||102 mm||19°C||110 mm|
|Cartagena||30°C||15 mm||32°C||100 mm||32°C||105 mm||31°C||140 mm|
|Medellin||27°C||80 mm||27°C||150 mm||27°C||177 mm||26°C||162 mm|
|Santa Marta||32°C||14 mm||33°C||60 mm||33°C||61 mm||32°C||162 mm|