Weather Colombia

Weather Colombia - a huge part of any trip has to be about the weather and how it will imrpove your trip. Colombia is located pretty close to the equator and as a result there is little seasonal variety to affect the weather and the main differences in climate are much more dependent around altitude. That being said; there is a wet season which can have serious implications for anyone looking to hike in the jungles...also the majority of local festivals take place between December and March when it is a bit drier. With the capital Bogota sitting at 2625m (8612ft) above sea level in the Andes mountain range, rainforest surrounding the Amazon river and a gorgeous Caribbean coastline you will have to make room in your backpack for a warm jacket, mosquito net and swim wear for your trip around this great country.

Weather Colombia is a brief summary of the average weather conditions for the parts of Colombia that we travelled around.

Bogota

Bogota is the capital of Colombia and the largest city in the country. It sits in a northern position in the Andes and as a result of the altitude (2625m), the weather can be bitterly cold during the nights...but is very much worth a visit. The average daytime temperature ranges from around 13C to 18C and in the night a jacket is a must.

Sunset over Bogota
Sunset over Bogota

We were there during June/July and it was really nice when we were walking around but as soon as you get into the shade it can get cold. It also rains quite a lot so anything waterproof is highly recommended.

Amazon Rainforest

Lots of people dream about travelling down the Amazon River, but few have actually drifted down the Colombian part of the river. Colombian weather in the Amazon...it is a pretty difficult place to try and get acclimatized to due to the intense heat and humidity. The insects can also be incredibly frustrating but all of the discomfort is forgotten once the beauty of your surroundings hits home. Light clothing that is easy to wash is really important. Likewise, try and ensure that the sleeves are long to help prevent mosquito bites.

Beautiful day on the Amazon River
Beautiful day on the Amazon River

Even in the evenings, it is incredibly warm and your clothes tend to stick to you so again it is important to bring light clothing...especially if you are travelling on one of the overnight ferries into Brazil from Leticia.

Caribbean Coast

This is the part of Colombia that I spent the most time in and possibly my most enjoyable period in my experience of travelling in South America. This is probably the area with the best weather Colombia has to offer if, Like me, you love the sunshine! This area of Colombia is absolutely stunning and the weather is very predictable throughout most of the year. From Cartagena to Taganga and Santa Marta, the sun seems to be shining year round...although there is normally a brief rain shower for around an hour or so late afternoon during the wet season. For anyone looking to do the (highly recommended) trek and tour around the Ciudad Perdida, this rain shower arrives almost like clockwork but luckily the guides are more than aware of this and will normally have you in your base for the night to help keep you dry!

Colombia Caribbean Coast
Colombia Caribbean Coast

It can get extremely warm and humid in the day time and even the night is warm (I had a cold shower before I went to bed most nights) so if you have the budget to accommodate it, I would recommend a room in a hostel with air conditioning.