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Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia is one of the world's only countries with connections to the Amazon, Pacific coast, Atlantic Ocean, lush plains, two deserts, and three Andean regions. From culture filtered through the lens of colonial towns and museum galleries to tangible heritage emerging from the wilderness, Colombia is a destination ready for endless discovery. The following information will help you determine the best time to visit Colombia for your goals, needs, and preferred style of trip.

Best Time for Sightseeing

Cobblestone and colorful houses in Guatape, Colombia

Cobblestone and colorful houses in Guatape, Colombia

Best Months: December | January | February | March | August | September

From popular cities to classic beaches, Colombia is a great place to visit during the dry and shoulder seasons. December to March, and again from August to September, are the best months for sightseeing. Traveling during the shoulder and dry seasons gives you the best opportunities to explore, discover new corners of the country, and enjoy the best weather.

Best Time for Beaches

Palm trees and blue Caribbean water on the beach of San Juan del Guia in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

San Juan del Guia beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Best Months: March | August | September

The best times to visit beaches in Colombia are in March and again from August to September. March offers the most sun, and August to September is dry, warm and provides excellent visibility for snorkeling or diving. With secluded sands, pristine coastline, and distinctive differences between the Pacific and the Caribbean, you can experience the charms of Colombia’s diverse beaches throughout the year.

Best Time for Coffee

Coffee cherries at a farm in Colombia

Coffee cherries on the trees at a farm in Colombia

Best Months: November | December | January | February | March

Colombia’s coffee regions’ primary harvesting season takes place from November through March. By visiting during the season, you have better access to the particular flavors of Colombian coffee and can have deeper insights into the process from stem to cup. With so much effort put into coffee production, from farmers to pluckers, roasters to brewers, a new perspective could give you even more appreciation for the dynamic flavors influenced by the different seasons.

Best Time for Surfing

Surfer catching a wave

Surfer catching a wave

Best Months: January | February | March | August | September

The best time for surfing in Colombia is from January to March and again from August to September. The different seasons and diverse beaches allow you to surf breaks across two different oceans and the varied seasons. Overall, January to March offers the best options for consistent surf around the country, but larger and more inconsistent waves break from August and September on both the Caribbean or the Pacific coasts.

Best Time for Hiking

Tierradentro valley in Colombia

Tierradentro valley in Colombia

Best Months: January | February | March | July | August

Colombia’s remarkably diverse terrain makes it a haven for hiking from January to March and again in July and August. Travel through the jungle in search of a lost city, find a panoramic view of the countryside, or hike around the summit of a volcano for an unforgettable spectacle. With various mountain ranges, jungles, and coastline, the great weather from January to March and July to August gives you access to some of the most enticing trails around the country.

Best Time for Wildlife

Jaguar in the Colombian jungle

Jaguar in the Colombian jungle

Best Months: February | March | August | September

The best time to visit Colombia for wildlife is in February and March, and again from August to September. The dry season in February and March offers more opportunities to discover the wilderness while searching for fascinating wildlife from jaguars to monkeys, iguanas to whales. The nice weather opens the trails across the country in the jungles to mountains and allows you to view the whales passing along the coastline.

Best Time for Birding

Parrot sitting on a tree branch in Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Parrot in Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Best Months: January | February | March | July | August | September

Birdlife in Colombia is colorful, vibrant, and best experienced from January to March and again from July to September. With sacred mountains and dense jungle terrain, as well as the stunning coastline and secluded cloud forest, Colombia’s birdlife thrives in the dynamic ecosystems whether you wish to see hummingbirds or toucans, Harpy eagle or pink flamingos.

Best Time with Family Travel

Rainforest lodge on the Amazon in Colombia

Rainforest lodge on the Amazon in Colombia

Best Months: March | August | September

March, and again from August to September, is the best time to visit Colombia as a family. The nice weather and lack of crowds offer your entire family a great experience with unrivaled activities. You can spend time lounging on the beaches or venture deep into the Amazon in search of the dramatic flora and fauna. From visiting the colonial towns to learning the local region's traditional flavors, your entire family can enjoy Colombia’s celebrated beauty and unique adventures.

Best Time for Couples

Colonial buildings and balconies in the historic center of Cartagena, Colombia

Colonial buildings and balconies in the historic center of Cartagena, Colombia

Best Months: March | August | September

The best time to visit Colombia for couples is in March or in August and September. These months cover the shoulder season, which can give you better access to secluded romance and exceptional luxuries across the country. Whether you prefer a quiet coastal escape along a white-sand beach, venturing into the jungle terrain in search of a lost city, or traveling through mountains to enjoy a coffee tasting, you can indulge in the diversity of Colombia at your leisure.

Dry Season Activities

Hiking trail through truffula trees in Cocora Valley, Colombia

Hiking trail through truffula trees in Cocora Valley, Colombia

Best Months: December | January | July | August

The clearly defined dry season in Colombia is best explored and experienced in December and January, and in July and August. From the highlands to the lowlands, you can embrace the dynamic changes across the ecosystems. Whether you trek the Andes or wander through the Amazon, lounge on a pristine beach or venture through the plains, the weather not only influences the beauty of your surroundings but the ambiance of the towns, cities, and coastline to discover the true flavors of Colombia.

Hiking | Surfing | Horseback Riding | Food Tours | Beach

Rainy Season Activities

Canoeing on the Amazon river

Canoeing on the Amazon river

Best Months: April | May | October | November

The rainy season in Colombia still has its beauty and charm, especially between April to May and again in October to November. The splendor of the rainy season turns the landscape exceptionally lush, with ample opportunities for witnessing culture, adventure, and wildlife. Whether taking to the rivers for rafting to sampling the enticing flavors of a small coffee-growing region, you can indulge in the remarkable variety for which Colombia is celebrated.

Rafting | Kayaking | | Museums | Coffee tasting | Birding

More Travel Information & Tips

Penol lake and homonym stone in Guatape, Colombia

Penol lake and homonym stone in Guatape, Colombia

Colombia’s dynamic landscapes offer an unforgettable collection of microclimates, biodiversity, and local culture. Colombia has endless possibilities of things to do, and knowing what you want to experiences will help you understand when to trek volcanic slopes or visit a colonial town. Zicasso’s Colombia Vacations page can give you more inspiration on the kind of trip perfect for you. You can also speak with a Colombia travel specialist for free by filling out a Trip Request Form or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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