Colombia weather in August
|Avg. temperature: 18.8°C / 65.8°F
|Sun: 117 Hrs per month
|Rain: 45 mm per month
|Avg. humidity: 74%
Visiting Colombia in August
Whether you want to experience the dog days by the sea, or to escape the thermometer in the Andes, Colombia is the place to experience the best of both worlds. Colombia’s location near the equator accommodates a season-less climate. The temperature and overall climate of this country depends on the altitude and topography of wherever you choose to visit. This means that it will be significantly hotter in Cartagena by the Caribbean coast compared to Bogota up in the Andes Mountain Range.
If you’re not keen on heat, you will still be able to experience the best of what Colombia has to offer by going to Medellin or Cali for a lively urban experience, or to the south of the country for some good brew or the Amazon region expedition. There are endless possibilities in this dynamic country.
Things to do in Colombia in August
Medellin, also known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ boasts a yearly extravaganza during the first two weeks of August. Farmers from all around Colombia line the streets with a beautiful display of flower stands. This is one of the most well known festivals in the country as the colour of the city comes alive and attracts not only bees, but people from all over the world. Concerts and street performances also characterize this grand display of beauty.
If you have a pollen allergy, or just not much of a green-thumb, Medellin is an exceptional city in other regards. Its mild climate makes it easy to spend hours wandering around its winding streets, trying delicious Colombian food and admiring the unique street art. For a one-of-a-kind experience, take the Metrocable by the many quarters of the city. For a low cost, you will be able to revel at the magnificent views of Medellin and the surrounding areas, with a beautiful finish to the ride — the famous Arvi Park! You can stroll through the forested areas, or have a nice picnic with the whole city under you. This is a city not to ignore at any point of the year.
Villa de Levya holds one of the largest kite running events in the world with their Festival Viento y de los Cometas. This festival does not have a fixed date other than the fact that they choose the windiest weekend in August and hold this fun fest for three days. You can see the contests over the kites’ aerial prowess, or a pageant of the best and prettiest kite. One thing to note is that all of these kites are handmade by the children who fly them!
The festival is held at the main square, considered to be the largest in South America, which is the next best reason to visit this town. The historical significance and the preservation of its Colonial and Pre-Colonial past is quite impressive as you can experience a time-warp with its paths, beautiful architecture and towering cathedrals.
During the Summer, the Colombian portion of the Amazon rainforest brings forth the low-water season. This is when the Amazon river-waters lower drastically and the animals tend to be out of hiding more. This creates the perfect opportunity for wildlife spotting and admiring the Amazon rainforest’s greatly diverse ecosystem. Another good thing about the low-water season is that the paths through the trails are more predictable and are easier to book tours further in advance.
Hotels in Colombia in August
Although August technically falls into the high season, you will find that the peak season prices tend to fall after June and July, as August marks the end of the high season. This creates the perfect opportunity to snag some good hotel deals and lower airfare prices. Make sure to inquire with hotels about minimum night stays, especially in major cities.