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Colombia is the perfect picturesque destination if you are looking for a winter getaway that does not involve freezing temperatures. Winter in Colombia offers a unique and unforgettable experience, from the coffee region's lush green landscapes to the white-sand beaches of the Caribbean coast.

Thrill-seekers can hike to the famous Lost City or explore the Amazon jungle, while those looking for a more relaxed and serene experience can indulge in the delicious local cuisine and explore the vibrant cities of Bogota and Medellin. Colombia is the perfect winter destination with comfortable temperatures and holiday festivities in full swing. Plan your dream winter trip to Colombia and discover this country's beauty.

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Weather and Temperature in Colombia During Winter

During the winter months of December to February, Colombia experiences mild and comfortable weather with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C. Whether you are planning to explore the vibrant cities or soak up the sun on the Caribbean coast, you can expect calm wind patterns with a bit of rainfall during this time. Colombia is a tropical country and does not experience snowfall in any of its cities. Temperatures, however, differ depending on the region you visit. In the Andes mountain range, temperatures can reach 14°C during the day and drop to as low as 5°C at night. Meanwhile, Medellin has an average temperature of 22°C during the day and 15°C at night.

  December January February
Avg high 18°C (65°F) 19°C (67°F) 18°C (65°F)
Avg low 6°C (43°F) 9°C (49°F) 7°C (45°F)
Rainfall (mm) 50 30 40

For a more detailed seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Colombia.

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Why Visit Colombia in Winter?

Masked performers during the Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia.
Witness masked performers bring vibrancy to Barranquilla Carnival, a winter festival celebrated with enthusiasm.

If you have not considered a winter trip to Colombia yet, you are missing out on a truly unforgettable experience. Here are five reasons why you should pack your bags and head to this fascinating country during winter:

  • Less crowded: Winter is Colombia's off-season, meaning fewer crowds at popular attractions. Prices of accommodation, transportation, and food are also lower during the winter season. You will be able to save more money and get more value for your travel budget.
  • Whale watching: If you visit Colombia in November, you will be just in time for the whale-watching season. The country’s Pacific coast is one of the few places in the world where you can see majestic humpback whales migrate.
  • Festivals and events: Winter is also the season of festivals and events in Colombia. The one that should be on your bucket list is the Carnival of Barranquilla, the second-largest carnival in the world after Rio Carnival. It is a vibrant occasion featuring Colombian culture, music, and dance. Another must-witness winter festival in Colombia is Carnaval de Negros y Blancos held in January, which celebrates Pasto City’s cultural diversity with parades, live music, and traditional dances.
  • Perfect hiking weather: With temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C during the day, Colombia's winter weather is perfect for thrilling outdoor activities. Imagine hiking through the lush green scenic hills, enjoying the calm, cool breeze on your face, and soaking up the stunning vistas while sipping your favorite drink.

If you are considering a trip to Colombia, we recommend looking at our Colombia guide for a clear overview of the country to help you plan your journey effectively.

Top 3 Destinations to Visit During Winter In Colombia

Colombia has a lot to offer during its pleasant winter season. Here are the top 3 destinations to visit during winter in Colombia:

1. San Gil

Caving in San Gill during winter in Colombia.
Experience the thrill of caving in San Gil's stunning limestone caverns during Colombia's winter season.

San Gil is a small town located in the heart of Colombia's Santander region. During winter, the temperature here ranges from 16°C to 23°C. The town is famous for its outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting, paragliding, and caving during winter. The rivers and waterfalls in the area are especially strong during this time, providing an exciting experience for adventure enthusiasts. The Chicamocha Canyon and Juan Curi Waterfall are two must-visit attractions in this area.

Major attractions: Chicamocha Canyon, Juan Curi Waterfall, white-water rafting, paragliding, and caving.


  • San Gil is less crowded during winter, making it easier to enjoy outdoor activities. Accommodation and tour prices are also lower during this season.
  • During winter, migratory birds like Northern Jacana and other animals can be seen in the area, providing nature lovers with a unique opportunity to observe and appreciate different bird and animal species.


  • Some outdoor activities may be limited or closed during poor weather conditions.

2. Mompox 

The historical cemetery on Mompox.
Walk through the cultural significance of Mompox's old cemetery, a timeless memorial to the town's past.

Mompox is a charming colonial town and a Unesco World Heritage Site located in the Bolivar department. During the winter season, the town enjoys balmy temperatures ranging between 24°C and 30°C, perfect for sightseeing. Mompox is famed for its well-preserved colonial architecture and historical sites.

Major attractions: Iglesia de Santa Barbara, Casa de la Cultura, and the Mompox Cemetery.


  • The town hosts several cultural events during winter, such as the December Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
  • The weather is pleasant for outdoor activities such as walking tours and boat rides on the Magdalena River.


  • Humidity could reach uncomfortable levels some days.

3. Santa Marta

People on the streets celebrating Barranquilla during winter in Colombia.
Join the festive crowd of Colombia in winter during the winter festivals in Santa Marta.

Santa Marta is a beach town on Colombia's Caribbean coast that enjoys comfortable weather conditions during the winter season. With temperatures averaging between 24°C and 29°C during the day, visitors will have an excellent time enjoying the beaches and water activities like snorkeling and diving in the clear waters. Winter is also one of the best times to explore Tayrona National Park, as there are fewer tourist crowds around.

Major attractions: Tayrona National Park, Taganga Beach, and the Lost City.


  • Several winter festivals and events take place in Santa Marta during winter, such as the Santa Marta International Film Festival and the Carnival of Barranquilla.
  • Winter is the best time to spot migrating humpback whales in Santa Marta.


  • The town can be crowded during the Christmas and New Year holidays, and some restaurants and businesses may be closed.

Top Things To Do In Colombia In Winter

Scenic view of Laguna Grande in the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, Colombia.
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy in Colombia by hiking the Laguna Grande trail.
People in the hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal on winter in Colombia.
Soak in the hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal on winter in Colombia.

 Although Colombia is a year-round holiday destination, winter holds a special charm that you will not find in other seasons. Here are some of the top activities you can look forward to during your winter getaway to this South American country during the winter months:

  • Go on epic mountain adventures: Winter is the perfect time to explore Colombia's snowy mountain ranges. One of the best destinations to do so is the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy National Park. You can enjoy hiking, camping, and trekking in the snow-capped mountains. What is more, the view is spectacular to make sure you have an unforgettable adventure.
  • Soak in hot springs: Winter in Colombia is the perfect time to soak your travel-weary body in a hot spring. Santa Rosa de Cabal, located near the city of Pereira, is the place to be if you want to enjoy an exquisite hot spring experience.
  • Embark on coffee tours: Colombia is famous for its coffee, and winter is the perfect time to learn more about this beloved beverage. Take a coffee tour in places such as Salento or the Coffee Cultural Landscape, where you can learn about coffee production's history and taste delicious beverage.


  • Although Colombia’s temperature during winter may not drop as low as in other countries, it can still get chilly, especially in the high-altitude areas. So, make sure to pack some warm clothes for your trip.
  • Colombia's coffee region is a great place to visit during the winter season when the coffee plants are in bloom to learn about the coffee-making process and sample freshly brewed coffee.
  • Colombia is more budget-friendly during winter, as this is the low season in the country. So, look for deals on flights, accommodations, and activities.
  • Although Colombia is known for its tropical climate, it is still possible to enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports activities in the Andes Mountains.

If you are planning to take a trip to Colombia during winter, you are in for a treat. With mild weather conditions, gorgeous landscapes, and thrilling activities, Colombia in winter provides a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that you cannot find in any other season.

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Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on August 22, 2023

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