When to go

The climate varies little in Colombia and other than the Chocó (northwest Colombia) where it rains almost daily, you will see plenty of sun year-round. There are no seasons to speak of and temperatures are dictated mainly by altitude. However, travellers should take note that between March and September is the rainy season in the eastern departments, which can make travel difficult because of landslides and flooding.

The best time for a visit is December to February, on average the driest months. It's worth remembering, though, that this is holiday season for many Colombians and prices rise significantly in the most popular places, and transport, including internal airlines, can be busy. During this period, a number of major annual fiestas are held, for example in January in the south (Popayán and Pasto) and in February, at the opposite end of the country, Barranquilla Carnival. These events bring the locals out in force and it is a fun time to visit. Equally, Easter is a local holiday time and almost every town has superb celebrations. In July and August, accommodation prices tend to rise because of school holidays.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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