Best Time to Visit Columbia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Columbia. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Bogotá, Pasto, Cartagena und Cali. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Columbia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 5 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 26 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.049.61 in (0 – 17 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 13 °C (Bogotá) and 28 °C (Cartagena)
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Geographical location

Colombia is located in South America and borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

About 48 million people live on an area of about 1.14 million square kilometers. This results in a population density of 42 inhabitants per square kilometre.

On the mainland there are borders with neighbouring countries Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela. Bogota is the economic centre of the Republic and at the same time the capital of Colombia.

In western Colombia, the Andes run with the volcano Nevado del Huila as its highest point. On the northern Caribbean coast rises the highest coastal mountain range on earth, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria at 5775 metres.

Climate in Colombia

100_6325 (Conocimiento Tradicional Agrobiodiversidad)  CC BY-SA The equator passes through Colombia, so the South American country has a strongly tropical climate. This has different regional characteristics due to the different altitudes. In flat areas you will find average temperatures of about 24 °C.

In middle mountain ranges between 1000 and 2000 meters the temperatures range between 17 °C to 24 °C. At altitudes of up to 3000 meters it can cool down to 12 °C. In even higher areas, alpine conditions prevail, which often fall below the zero degree limit.

Temperatures of 24 °C to 25 °C dominate the south-western Pasto throughout the year. This example illustrates the two rainy seasons that are common in Colombia almost throughout the country: Most rain falls between April and mid-June and in the autumn months of October and November.

The dry season is in between, from mid-June to the end of September and from the beginning of December to the end of March. Statistically speaking, the driest month in Colombia is usually July, which is also the month with the highest average hours of sunshine.

Best Time to Visit Columbia: Overview

JanuaryJan
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FebruaryFeb
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MarchMar
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AprilApr
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MayMay
Very hot (average up to 29 °C)
JuneJun
Very hot (average up to 29 °C)
JulyJul
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Bogotá
Cali
AugustAug
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Cali
SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
Up to 9.61 in of rainof rain
NovemberNov
Very hot (average up to 28 °C)
Up to 6.97 in of rainof rain
DecemberDec
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Bogotá
Cali

When to go to Colombia?


A best travel time is difficult for Colombia to generalize. For most regions of the country, the drier months are a particularly pleasant travel season, especially January to March and June to August offer you fantastic experiences in optimal conditions.

If you would also like to visit the Caribbean coast, for example the Cartagena region, the months December to April and, with some restrictions, July are the best travel season in Colombia. These months trump with temperatures of up to 32 °C and quite low precipitation.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Columbia) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
BogotáJanuary, February, March, July, August, and December
PastoJuly, August, and September
CartagenaJanuary, February, March, April, and December
CaliJanuary, February, July, August, and December

Climate Charts Columbia

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Bogotá

Climate Chart Bogotá
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Pasto

Climate Chart Pasto
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Cartagena

Climate Chart Cartagena
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Cali

Climate Chart Cali
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Columbia

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Columbia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Bogotá (Columbia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature20°20°20°20°19°19°18°18°19°19°19°21°
Night Temperature
Precipitation (inch)1.31.692.64.373.72.241.611.933.274.533.462.13
Rainy days4710121411991114127
Hours of Sunshine655444554455
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Bogotá is 13 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (13.7 °C)
Coldest month: January (12.4 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 32.83 inch on 120 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 6.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Pasto (Columbia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°24°24°24°24°25°25°25°25°24°23°23°
Night Temperature13°13°14°14°13°13°13°13°13°13°14°13°
Precipitation (inch)3.434.094.026.265.042.441.061.262.486.816.975.47
Rainy days11111113128446141513
Hours of Sunshine555556776555
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Pasto is 18.9 °C.

Warmest month: August (19.8 °C)
Coldest month: November (18.1 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 49.33 inch on 122 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): November
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 6.97 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Pasto.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 6.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.5 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Cartagena (Columbia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°31°31°32°32°32°32°32°32°31°31°31°
Night Temperature23°23°24°25°25°25°25°25°25°25°25°24°
Water Temperature27°27°26°27°27°27°27°28°28°29°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)0.310.040.041.223.624.533.74.885.679.615.21.46
Rainy days1003101310141417123
Hours of Sunshine998777776678
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Cartagena is 28 °C.

Warmest month: June (28.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (27.2 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Cartagena is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 40.28 inch on 97 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): October
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 9.61 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Cartagena.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 9.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Cali (Columbia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°30°30°29°29°29°30°30°30°29°28°29°
Night Temperature20°20°20°20°20°20°20°20°20°19°19°20°
Precipitation (inch)1.852.223.874.973.672.091.191.582.944.363.782.41
Rainy days57101210755810117
Hours of Sunshine665555665556
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Cali is 24.4 °C.

Warmest month: February (24.9 °C)
Coldest month: November (23.8 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 34.93 inch on 97 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Cali.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 6.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


On a trip to Colombia, the capital Bogota must not be ignored. With the Mueso Botero and the Museo del Oro, it offers two top-class cultural highlights; the old town of La Candelaria is also well worth a visit.

The landscape of the region is impressive with Mount Monserrate and the Laguna de Guatavita. Cartagena on the Caribbean coast is regarded as a colonial pearl of Colombia and should not be missed on any round trip. The coffee zone, the Tatacoa Desert and San Agustin as well as the fabulous beaches in Tayrona National Park are also a must.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Pasto
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 9.4 °C
Clouds: 48 %       Wind: 0 mph SSO
Air Pressure: 760.02 hPa       Humidity: 97 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 05:44 am
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Clouds: 68 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 24 %Clouds: 43 %Clouds: 31 %Clouds: 33 %
0.08 in of rain0.16 in of rain0.31 in of rain0.5 in of rain0.29 in of rain0.22 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Columbia: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Columbia holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Jaroslav, 60 years old was there in August

    pleasant temperatures. Rain at night. Dry and warm during the day. Great, I recommend !

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Norbert, 37 years old was there in June

    pleasant 25° to 29 °C. Once in the late afternoon short heavy rain

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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