When to Go

High Season (Dec–Feb)

  • Sunny skies and warmish days throughout the Andes.
  • Dry everywhere but the Amazon.
  • San Andrés and Providencia are gorgeous.
  • Prices countrywide are at their highest.

Shoulder (Mar–Sep)

  • Bogotá, Medellín and Cali suffer a secondary rainy season in April/May.
  • Best whale-watching is July to October on the Pacific coast.
  • Cartagena shines through April, hard rains begin in May.

Low Season (Oct–Nov)

  • Flash floods often wash out roads in the Andean region.
  • Cartagena and the Caribbean coast are disproportionally wet in October.
  • Low water levels in the Amazon mean excellent hiking and white-sand beaches.
  • Prices everywhere are at their lowest.