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Looking at the weather for the time you’ll be at a destination helps you figure out what to pack. We watched it very carefully for this trip becasue we were going from the mountains of Bogota at 8660 feet to the Caribbean coast of Cartegena and would need clothes for several seasons!
We read the books and looked at websites to find the weather for Bogota. We used the same websites and links we prefer. Just like we do before every trip. We like to pack as light as possible and knowing the weather is critical when you only pack what you need instead of packing for ‘what if’.
In general, we have great tips for packing light for a trip. This is especially valuable when you travel with the kids because you already have so much extra stuff to carry around!
The websites said that the Bogota temps were 40s-50s with rain every day. As time got closer we looked again and the info was the same – the 40s and 50s during our visit in late June and early July.
Umbrellas make it hard to walk close together on the street without whacking someone in the head or putting out an eye. We never carry umbrellas.
We love CHEAP ponchos more than rain jackets.
Rain jackets cover YOU – but not your stuff. So, you have to stop, take off your backpack, camera, purse, and hat to put on the rain jacket. Then you put all your stuff on TOP of the jacket so YOU are dry while all your stuff gets wet. Not good.
For us, the rain poncho is the perfect accessory for rainy destinations:
- lightweight, so you carry it all the time – even when you think you don’t need it
- covers you AND your stuff
- makes a major fashion statement, too
What did we end up using during our trip to Colombia?
Just the coats and rain ponchos. Because get this – I have no idea where that temperature measurement was taken (maybe the tippy top of some isolated mountain in ‘Bogota’?) because we traveled all over Bogota and it was never anywhere near that cold. Most of the days we didn’t even use our coats.
What do you need to know about the weather in Bogota? It changes. All day. It rains, it is chilly, it is hot, it is sunny.
ALL. IN. THE. SAME. DAY.
Think you’ve heard the saying, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes!”? Me, too, but it is NEVER more true than here in Bogota, Colombia.
The best defense for the crazy, unpredictable, let’s see how many seasons we can experience in one day, is a cheap poncho and a warm jacket. Then layer or peel according to the temperature and rain or lack thereof.
Wondering where to stay in Bogota?
Which neighborhood area is the one for you? Check our choice and why I always caution – USE BOOKING.COM WITH CAUTION.
We loved our Colombia vacation. Great place for kids and families to explore!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist