From its ancient burial sites to skyscraper cities pulsating with Spanish-inspired beats and Cuban cuisine, wherever in Colombia your trip takes you, there will be a great story to tell. The country’s white-washed homes that hug the hillsides and its national parks are the backdrop for South America’s fourth-largest country.
Colombia has seen its share of turmoil, but it remains one of the top economic forces in South America.
Travellers visiting Colombia won’t be disappointed. There are hundreds of festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the biggest events include Carnaval de Blancos y Negros (Pasto; January), Semana Santa (Holy Week; Popayán and Mompós; March or April), Feria de las Flores (Medellín; August) and Carnaval de Barranquilla (Barranquilla; February or March).
Colombia is mostly tropical and wet. It really has no dry season, but summer typically sees the most rainfall. Coastal lowlands have high temperatures and humidity all the time. Rainfall can average 10cm each year. The mountain areas are cooler and weather conditions vary depending on the altitude, the topography and the winds.
December through February – the dry season – is the high season.
The weather is pretty good throughout the year so travelling at off-peak season – during the months of June to August, can save money on prices and should still find warm temperatures.
Domestic flights are the most convenient and also the safest way to get around the country. Colombia has one of the best developed airline networks of all South American countries.
Be cautious with all other types of transport. There is no train service in the country, but there are various different types of bus and taxis that service all the main towns. Check the route you plan to travel before you set off and secure all your possessions.
For a bit of adventure, take a cargo boat along the Magdalena River. This is a slow way to travel, but offers views of the country you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.