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Weather in Colombia

When are the best months to visit Colombia?

Colombia has two seasons: rainy and dry. We’re not talking monsoons here. Rainy season just means predictable scattered afternoon thundershowers. Still great for motorcycling, just bring rain gear. The rainiest months are April, May, September, October, and November. 

  • Dry Season (Summer Season) - December thru March, June - August

  • Rainy Season (Winter Season) - April, May, September thru November

 

Around the Equator, temperature is regulated by altitude, and not by seasons. The lower the altitude, the warmer the weather. The higher the altitude, the colder it gets. When riding, it's good to consider the change in altitude when planning the ride since changes in temperature can be dramatic. You may start the day in a hot tropical climate but arrive in a cold mountain climate by lunchtime.

Climate in Colombia – By Altitude 

Altitude beats latitude: In Colombia, it’s the altitude that determines the climate, not the latitude. To keep it simple: mountains are cool to freezing, the Amazon jungle is steamy to really steamy and the two coastlines (Caribbean and Pacific) play a game of rain-tag, whereby when one is very wet the other is less so.

Altitude
Temperature
Cities
Above 3000m
Less than 10ºC (50F)
Between 2000 – 3000 m
Around 14ºC (57F)
Bogota, Pasto
Between 1000 – 2000m
Around 20ºC (68F)
Medellin, Manizales
Less Than 1000m
More than 24ºC (75F)
Cartagena, Santa Marta, Cali

Climate in Colombia – By Region

Colombia is considered a year-round travel destination because most of the country enjoys idyllic warm and dry days, most of the time.

  • Medellin: The City of Eternal Spring is a pretty self-explanatory nickname for Medellin. You should expect heavier rains in April and May, then again in September and October. Medellin is the perfect and most livable Colombian destination, which is why you’ll find our headquarters right here​.

  • Caribbean Coast – The low-lying areas of the Caribbean coastline enjoy a dry season during the first three months of the year. Head here between mid-December and March and you need not worry about experiencing the kind of downpours that can make motorcycle riding fell like SCUBA diving instead. It’s pretty rainy the rest of the year here, except for a mini-dry season in June/July, which mainly consists of slightly less rainy days

 

  • Pacific Coast – Renowned as the wettest region of Colombia, the Pacific coastline is pretty ‘lush’ all year-round. January and February, however, boast quite dry and sunny days – in the last few years, the first two months of the year have been getting progressively drier. The wettest months continue to be October and November and, outside these times, your guess is as good as ours. Oh and you know how we previously said it never rains for days on end? We lied! On the Pacific, during the wettest months, this is not uncommon

 

  • Amazon Rainforest – Many people seem to totally overlook the ‘rain’ part of the word ‘rainforest’ and it only dawns on them, when they’re ankle-deep in sludgy mud, that the most prolific and biodiverse ecosystem on earth is precisely that for a reason. Rain. Lots of nourishing rain! With high humidity and at-times unbearable heat, the Amazon region is one of the most challenging for biking around although one does get used to be consistently drenched, from the inside out, all the time. For general travel through the region, the Amazon is defined by high water levels (Dec-May) and low water levels (June-Nov), which refers to rivers either overflowing and facilitating river cruising, or drying base and facilitating lodge-based adventures

Medellin, Colombia Weather

Weather In Colombia Varies By Altitude