Colombia weather in February
|Avg. temperature: 24.7°C / 76.4°F||Sun: 8 Hrs (sunshine) / 12.5 Hrs (daylight)|
|Rain: 97 mm per month||Avg. humidity: 66%|
Visiting Colombia in February
As the dry season comes to an end, visiting Colombia in February is a popular choice amongst tourists as the weather is still pleasantly reliable. Temperatures remain warm, rainfall remains low and the crowds begin to disperse, meaning the price of your vacation could drop, too.
Colombia is in the northern, southern and western hemispheres, meaning the temperatures are pleasant year-round and dictated mainly by altitude rather than by season.
With coastlines straddling the Pacific ocean and the Caribbean sea and mountainous central regions in the heart of the Andes ranges, February is for many the best time to visit Colombia whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, or an adventure holiday.
Things to do in Colombia in February
Do not miss the Barranquilla Carnival!
When you’re thinking about places to visit in Colombia, Barranquilla may not be immediately on your radar. Colombia’s principal port and second largest city, Barranquilla is nestled on the Caribbean Coast and is most famous for its annual carnival.
It takes place in the four days leading up to Ash Wednesday each year and is Colombia’s most famous festival – and the country’s biggest street party – attracting over 1.5 million visitors every year. In 2003, UNESCO declared the Carnival of Barranquilla a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity!
Read our in-depth guide to the Barranquilla Carnival here.
Where to go in Colombia in February
A colorful port city on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, Cartagena is one of the countries most visited destinations. Old town Cartagena is a declared Unesco World Heritage sight, so visitors can expect to soak up the history as well as the sun!
As a coastal colonial city, Cartagena has a lot to offer visitors from beautiful scenery and remarkable restaurants, to colourful architecture and a rich culture and history. This fun and fascinating city boasts a vibrant energy combined with a laid-back charm typical of Caribbean coastal towns. The colourful buildings in this fortified city entice visitors to explore and there is no greater place to do so.
Known as one of the best beaches in Cartagena, and its most famous, Playa Blanca is famed for its turquoise, crystal-clear waters and golden sand; a picture-perfect beach if ever you have seen one. Here you can hire jet skis or partake in other watersports, and there are some great snorkeling spots just a few minutes boat ride away.
Playa Blanca is not a relaxing, tranquil beach. It is a busier, more developed one, so come early to avoid the crowds, though they do start to disperse throughout the month of February.
Thanks to its low altitude and year-round pleasant weather, Medellin is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. It has shed its prior image as a place of violence and danger and is now famed for its buzzing drinking and dining scene, its rich culture and history and world-class coffee. All of this set against a mountainous backdrop provided by the Andes ranges, and covered with leafy coffee plantations.
Things to do in Colombia in February
Get a caffeine boost at the National Coffee Park
The National Coffee Park offers an immersive experience into the life and history of coffee, set on 58 hectares of land. The onsite museum walks visitors through the origin and cultivation of coffee, the history and culture of Colombia’s coffee scene, and takes you on a journey from bean to cup. And for the adventurous of you, it also doubles as a theme park with 27 rides on offer, ranging from a peaceful gondola ride to a thrilling roller coaster to knock your socks off.
Visit the national trees of Colombia at the Wax Palms of Cocora Valley
The Wax Palms of Cocora Valley are located in the Los Nevados National Natural Park at the heart of Colombia’s coffee growing region, a vast protected area that’s a hotspot for hiking, trekking and bird watching. The country’s national tree is one of the most iconic sights in Colombia and can be enjoyed during February as the temperate climate is consistent year-round. Expect lower temperatures and prepare for higher altitude as you admire the spindly wax palms and spot rare animals including the Spectacled Bear along the way.
Embrace the adventure in San Gil
February is one of the driest and warmest months of the year in northern Colombia’s San Gil, which is famous for being a thrill-seeking hotspot attracting adrenaline junkies from around the world. Known as Colombia’s adventure capital, some of the top activities include hiking in the Chicamocha National Park, white water rafting in the Rio Fonce and paragliding over the Chicamocha Canyon.
Hotels in Colombia in February
Colombia in February is the start of the low season, as the crowds begin to disperse and head back home. With less tourism comes lower prices, so you can expect to see some great deals on accommodation and airfare, too!
You will often find that hotels offer prices 10-20% below the norm, with many also offering deals such as “stay for 3 nights, pay for 2!” and more.
The exception to this rule is in Barranquilla during the carnival, where you will need to book well in advance to secure your spot as many hotels reach 98% occupancy weeks ahead of the festivities. You can also count on prices hiking up during these few days, and many hotels will have a minimum duration stay.