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Two week trip - When is the best time to go to Colombia?

My husband and I are trying to plan a two-week trip to Colombia sometime between late August and early December. Ideally we would go in October, but we've heard that is the country's rainiest month and the weather is usually pretty bad. 

We know that weather is always kind of a leap of faith, but we definitely want to spend some time lounging on the beach, so we want to try to plan as best as we can.

What's the best time for us to go? And outside of Bogota and Colombia, are there any other spots we should try to visit? Like I said, we only have two weeks. 

Thanks in advance! 

1 Answer

top answer by
Kenneth from Cartagena

Hey Serena, 

I've been living in Cartagena for almost 3 years now and the weather is definitely hard to predict. The rainy season is supposed to start in mid October and last til mid December. So your best bet to avoid the rain is to travel in August. On the other hand all the celebrations and festivals take place in November and December. The city definitely comes alive during those times. Don't let the rain worry you too much. People still go to the beach when it's raining here :)

A couple other places to consider are Tayrona National Natural Park and Armenia (Colombia). Tayrona is about a 4 hour bus trip from Cartagena. It's an amazing place with great beaches and hiking. If you go do not stay at the eco-habs or a hotel. Camp instead. It's a much better experience. Armenia is coffee country and it's beautiful. You can take a 3 hour flight to get there. If you do decide to go Armenia stay at a farm. They will do everything for you including arranging transportation. While you are there you can visit a coffee farm, hike in a cloud forest and take a boat trip down their famous river. 

Hope this helps. If you need any more info let me know.



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  1. Tayrona National Natural Park (attraction)
  2. Armenia (Colombia) (city)
  3. Cartagena (city)
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