best time to visit colombia
Colombia is vast, with mountains, jungle and Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. As the climate changes hugely from region to region, you can travel all year round.
Generally, the best time to go to Colombia is Dec-March – the driest months in the Andes. Keep in mind that these months, especially Dec-Jan, as well as Easter, are extremely busy with domestic and international tourists; prices will rise and you’ll need to book early. There is a shorter dry season in July to early Sep. The wettest months along the Caribbean are Sep-Oct, though it remains scorching hot. The Amazon is warm and wet year-round, of course, and the mountains will be much cooler and fresher, with warm layers needed at night, although the sun heats things up quickly during the day.
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Scott Marquardt from our supplier Tucan Travel:
“Colombia can make for an excellent trip any time of the year, however December through February generally has the most sunshine, although it's also high season which means things can be a bit busier.”
Dan Clarke, from our supplier RealWorld Vacations, shares his tips on the best time to go to Colombia to make the most of the weather:
“In terms of when to go, Colombia gives you two bites of the cherry: either June to September or December to February will give you pretty good weather throughout the country.”
Festivals & events in Colombia
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Feria de las Flores
Medellín’s Flower Festival was founded in 1957, and showcases huge floral arrangements presented by local farmers. In a commemoration of the abolition of slavery, the farmers carry the arrangements up a hill on a large wooden contraption on their backs, in an echo of the slaves who used to carry their masters on their backs in wooden chairs. This takes place over several days in July or August, and the processions are interspersed with plenty of drinking and dancing until the early hours.
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