About Colombia

WHY VISIT?

Colombia is the only South American country with coastlines and islands in both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the world’s 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries, along with all four of its neighbors – Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and Brazil. You can find Andean peaks, rainforests, and desert landscapes within Colombia’s borders. The only limit to the adventures you can have in this expansive country is your own imagination.

BUCKET LIST ADVENTURES

In Colombia

1. White water raft in San Gil

In some areas of the world, white water rafting means bouncing over a few rapids that are just wild enough to get your heartrate up, but far from an ‘extreme’ adventure. San Gil is not one of those places. In San Gil, you can take on true Class IV and V rapids on the Suarez River. Paddle too late or too weak on some of these rapids and your boat will flip in an instant! If you prefer a tamer experience, you can opt for the Fonce River, which is Grade II and III rapids.

2. Kite surf in Cabo de la Vela

Cabo de la Vela – or ‘Cape of the Sail’ – has perfect conditions for kite surfing year-round. With constant, strong winds and vast stretches of flat, shallow water, it’s a paradise for those who like to get their adrenaline pumping while skimming across the water. Onshore, the desert landscape makes the experience all the more magical. La Guajira, where Cabo de la Vela is located, is famous for its giant dunes and seaside cliffs that crash into the Caribbean Sea.

3. Scuba dive in Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park is a stunning protected area on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, where turquoise and emerald waters are dotted with rocky landscapes that rival the Seychelles in their beauty. It’s marine diversity is as captivating as it’s beaches, making diving there a ‘bucket list’ worthy adventure. From the town of Taganga, you can organize dive trips to 22 sites, all with plentiful coral and unique species to find, like lobsters, pufferfish, and angelfish.

4. Rock climb in Chicamocha

Chicamocha Canyon is one of the largest canyons in the world, having been formed a staggering 46 million years ago. Within this sandstone canyon, you can find La Mojarra climbing park, which offers over 200 routes rated from Grade 5.7 to 5.14. With beautiful views and high-quality rock, it’s considered the best place to climb in Colombia by a long shot. The region is also home to one of the best ultramarathons in South America – the Chicamoca Canyon Race, which has half-marathon, marathon, 100K, and 100-mile distance options.

5. Go spelunking in Cueva de la Vaca

In Colombia’s Santander region, there is a cave system that will open your eyes to a vast underground world. While there are numerous caves well-worth exploring – including Cueva Antigua, Cueva del Indio, and Cueva de los Aviones – one stands out above the rest. This is La Cueva de la Vaca, where you can climb and crawl through a series of connected caverns, each one unique from the last. The highlight of the journey is a short underwater passage you have to swim through, trusting in the rope to guide you to safety.

UNIQUE EVENTS

You Won't Want to Miss

Storyland Festival

Storyland Festival is a unique electronic music festival set on Colombia’s Caribbean coast in January. It’s one of Colombia’s biggest music events, and the lineup has reflected this popularity. Past headliners include David Guetta, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, and Afrojack. If you like EDM and beach parties, Storyland is the place to be!

Carnival de Barranquilla

Barranquilla, located a few hours from Cartagena, is home to the second largest Carnival celebration in the world. Just like Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you can expect parades, over-the-top floats, vibrant costumes, and lots of music and dancing. The official dates are four days before Ash Wednesday, but the festivities often start early. A few of the Carnival highlights are La Guacherna, La Batalla de Flores, and La Gran Parada.

When to Go

Climate

Equatorial climate with wet and dry seasons. Coastal areas have mild weather year-round, while the Amazon stays warm and humid. The Andes have more variable humidity and cooler temperatures.

By Month

January

Peak travel season. Dy season in the Andes.

February

Peak travel season. Dy season in the Andes.

March

Dy season in the Andes.

April

Mild wet season.

May

Mild wet season.

June

Mild wet season.

July

Dy season in the Andes.

August

Dy season in the Andes.

September

Shoulder season.

October

Wet season. Flooding is common.

November

Wet season. Flooding is common.

December

Peak travel season. Dry season in the Andes.

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