But nobody can resist your charm, especially with the help of 1 or 2 bottles of wine.
The next step is to decide when it’s the best time to travel to Colombia.
It’s better to enjoy the beaches with a warm sun and without being surrounded by hundreds of sweaty tourists.
When Is the best time to travel to Colombia?
When is the raining season in Colombia?
Is there a cheapest season to visit Colombia?
Let’s answer all these questions. Please bring me my wine – He said.
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- Best time to travel to Colombia for the weather
- Best time to travel to Colombia to avoid tourists
- Best time to travel to Colombia to find cheap flights
- Best time to visit the different parts of Colombia
- Best time to travel to the biggest cities of Colombia
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It’s THE big recurring question I receive every week. Nobody wants to travel with an umbrella and a bathing cap.
As Colombia is near the equator, there are two seasons: dry and rainy
But, I want to reassure you. There is no monsoon. It means you shouldn’t cancel a trip because you just realize you will be there during the raining season.
A] Best time to travel to Colombia for the Temperatures
The temperature doesn’t vary much throughout the year. It means the degrees are proportional to the altitude. Basically, it’s:
- < 1000 m -> More than 24ºdeg Celsius – Cartagena, Santa Marta, Cali
- 1000 – 2000m -> Around 20ºdeg Celsius – Medellin, Manizales
- 2000 – 3000 m -> Around 14º deg Celsius – Bogota, Pasto
- > 3000 m -> Less than 10º deg Celsius
However, the sun can be extreme during the day. You should always use sunscreen if you decide to go on a hike.
B] Best time to travel to Colombia for the Sun
In theory, there are two seasons in Colombia:
- Dry season: Decembre to Mars
- Raining season: April to June
- Mini Dry Season: July to Septembre
- Raining Season: October to November
But, it’s a little more complicated in reality.
First, don’t think it will rain all day long during the raining season. Usually, it’s sunny in the morning and cloudy/rainy in the afternoon. Also, the weather can change very fast. And because of the high percentage of humidity, don’t trust the forecasts. Facebook told me to stay inside my hostel 30 days in a row. Facebook is dumb. True story.
Second, there are different kind of weather in Colombia.
1 – When visiting the Pacific Coast and the Amazon in Colombia
It’s the rainforest. There are important rainfalls all year long. You quickly understand why it’s all green around you.
2 – When visiting the South of Colombia
The South of Colombia is usually drier than the Caribbean Coast during October and November.
3 – When visiting the Caribbean Coast of Colombia
The rainiest months are May, Septembre, October, and November.
4 – When visiting San Andres and Providencia Islands
The best months to travel to San Andres and Providencia islands are from December to May
You can check out the average rainfalls on world weather online
There are two main summer vacations in the world:
- Northern Hemisphere (USA / Canada / Europe): July and August
- Southern Hemisphere (South America / Oceania): December and January
Colombians love to travel in their country during their holidays. And many of them are going to the Carribean Coast. Prices explode in Cartagena from December to February.
Most of the Colombians leave on vacation the last weeks of December, the holy week (Easter) and during their 17 public holidays. If you’re looking for quietness, you should avoid going to the most famous highlights of Colombia during these periods.
To sum up the tourist flow through the year:
From December to February: It’s the hight season in Colombia. Prices increase on the Caribbean Coast because many Colombians and Americans travel to Cartagena de Indias. It’s also the period where South American Students and Australians explore the continent with their backpacks.
From March to June: Fewer foreigners are traveling to Colombia. However, many Colombians travel during the holy week (Easter)
From July to August: Then comes the turn of the Europeans to discover the secrets of Colombia.
From September to Novembre: It’s the low touristic season in Colombia.
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First, there are four principles to follow if you want to book a cheap flight to Colombia.
- Say yes to shitty flights
- Travel during the low tourist season of your country
- Be flexible
- Navigate Incognito (On the internet)
From Europe, the cheapest flights are usually from Spain. And from the USA, there are cheap flights from Miami / Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena de Indias
A] Tools to find cheap flights to Colombia
Nowadays, there are many new websites to help you to find the cheapest flights. I wrote down a list of the ones I like to use.
1 – Apps to know where you should take off
With Google flights, you quickly know where is the cheapest city to take off by clicking on “Explore destinations.”
Kiwi is another excellent website with even more features! Besides selecting the cheapest airports, they offer a guarantee for the flight connection (If you book two flights or more from different airline companies).
2 – Apps to know when it’s the best time to travel to Colombia
On Google Flights and Kiwi, prices are directly on the calendar. You can easily navigate throughout to find the perfect dates to visit Colombia.
Another option is to use Hopper. They have analyzed the last 30 years of all flights to understand the algorithms which calculate the price tickets. Thanks to all these data, they advise you about the future evolution of the price regarding your flight ticket.
3 – Apps to add a FREE STOP in your Colombia itinerary
I guess you know the expression “Layover” when you’re at the airport. It’s the number of hours you have to wait on an uncomfortable aluminum chair before taking your next flight. And in general, more you wait, and cheaper is your flight ticket.
But did you know you also can get a “Stopover”? Instead of dying of boredom in the airport, you visit a city for a few days. Moreover, it’s often cheaper than the usual flights!
Many travelers try to find these fantastic opportunities. And it wasn’t easy a few years ago. However, today Airwander has built the perfect tool to help you to add a free stop during your vacation.
4 – Apps to find airlines mistake fare
The best way to travel really cheap is to find airline mistake fares. Indeed, it’s possible that a human error or a computer glitch happen. Suddenly, a flight costs 40 $ instead of 400 $.
Secret flying has a team who scans the web to find these great deals.
5 – Apps to quickly find the best prices to travel to Colombia
If you already know where/when you want to fly and you don’t want to spend more hours looking for flights, you should use the “classic 3”. They compare millions of flights to find you the cheapest deals. Personally, I have got a preference for Kayak and Momondo.
Depending on where you plan to travel to Colombia, there are months better than others. It would be too bad to miss the whales season on the Pacific coast or the river of 5 colors if you travel to Caño Cristales.
A] Best time to visit Providencia and San Andres in Colombia
The best weather is usually from December to May
B] Best time to visit the Amazon in Colombia
In the Amazon, the weather doesn’t matter. But the months have an impact on the water level of the river.
- From December to May, the water level increases
- From June to November, the water level decreases
When the water level is low, there is more chance to observe turtles and migratory birds. But it’s complicated to navigate. Whereas when the water level is hight, you can travel more in-depth in the jungle with the speedboat.
More information about traveling to the Amazon
C] Best time to visit Caño Cristales and San Jose de Guaviare in Colombia
The algae which give the fantastic colors to the river in Caño Cristales and San Jose de Guaviare only appears during the raining season. You will be able to visit the National park of Caño Cristales from June to the end of November.
D] Best time to visit the Pacific coast of Colombia
Don’t miss the whale season from July to October
E] Best time for diving in Colombia
On the Caribbean Coast, the sea is rough during the dry season because of the wind. However, there is fantastic visibility underwater during the raining season. The sea is like a mirror. The best months are from May to September.
F] Best time for hiking in Colombia
The Colombia Cordillera offers many choices for the mountain lovers. During the hikes, the weather can suddenly change. You should always carry a rain jacket and warm clothes.
And, the Paramo landscapes (kind of tundra/wetland between the timberline and the snowline) are beautiful but also very humid. During the raining season, you risk hiking in the mud. Be prepared 😉
The best months for hiking in Colombia are from December to March and July to August.
V) Best Time To Travel To The Biggest Cities Of Colombia
A] Best time to visit Medellin in Colombia
Medellin is called The city of the eternal spring. The temperature is perfect however don’t suppose it will never rain.
The rainy months are usually April, May, September, and October.
And there are two awesome events you should try to attend.
- Feria de las Flores (Fair Flower): 10 days in August
- The Christmas lights: December
B] Best time to visit Bogota in Colombia
Bogota is one of the highest capital in the world. Don’t expect warm temperature at night. And the weather is often cloudy/rainy in the afternoon from April to May and September to November.
Bogota host many awesome music festivals like:
- Baum festival: May
- Rock in the Park: July
- Jazz in the Park: Septembre
- Theatre Festival: April
C] Best time to visit Cali in Colombia
The weather is warm and humid in Cali. It doesn’t rain often, and you don’t have to care as you will spend your days and nights dancing salsa.
From Cali, you’re near the Pacific coast. It could be a good occasion to observe the whales from July to October.
Cali is the capital of the Salsa in Colombia. There are 2 important events during the year:
- The world Salsa Festival: Septembre
- La Feria de Cali (Cali Fair): End of December
D] Best time to visit Cartagena de Indias in Colombia
Cartagena de Indias is invaded by the visitors from December to February. Prices explode, and sweaty tourists are everywhere.
But it’s also the best period for the weather. There is a cool breeze and no rain. The best option is to travel to Cartagena just after the high season (In March) and from June to August.
The rainy months are the same than Bogota: April-May and from September to November. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of sunny days during the raining season.
There are two major events in Cartagena:
- Cartagena International Film Festival: March
- Independence day and Miss beauty: November
Because I’m in love with Colombia, I only have one sentence to say:
There is no bad month to travel to Colombia
Yes, I’m maybe not 100% objective. But it’s what you should retain from this article. The temperature doesn’t vary much all along the year, and there are plenty of sunny days during the raining season, especially in the morning.
You should plan your trip according to the weather only if you want to spend most of your time on the Caribbean Coast, visiting the astonishing Caño Cristales river or watching the whales.
Also, Colombia is not too touristy yet. You won’t be bothered by an army of travelers, even during the high seasons – Except Around Cartagena and Santa Marta.
Don’t forget to check out the different events occurring during your stay. Colombians know how to party, and it would be too bad to miss the opportunity to discover this fantastic aspect of the country.
Credit: Some of the pictures are from Shutterstock
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