Colombia’s Seismic Activity & Seasonal Changes

Colombia’s volcanic and seismic activity can cause the occasional natural disaster, but there's no reason to let it ruin your trip. Our local insider Jacqui finds out which seasons are best to travel in.

Earthquakes and Seismic Activity in Colombia

Earthquakes and volcanic activity are the two major natural disasters that occur in Colombia.

Before traveling to areas with known volcanic activity, take note of any official warnings and advice from local authorities.

Volcanic Activity in Colombia

The most active volcano is Nevado del Ruiz in Los Nevados National Parksituated in the Coffee Zone.

The volcanoes Chiles and Cerro Negro in the department of Nariño are also on high alert, as they have shown increased activity since the earthquake that hit the area in 2014.

Colombia’s Seasonal Changes

During the rainy season, which usually runs from March to June and from September to November, and the hurricane season, which is June to November, flooding, landslides, and torrential rains can take place.

Since 2015, Colombia has suffered from both the El Niño and La Niña weather phenomenon, with many departments severely affected by the water shortage and extreme rainfall.

Always check the weather forecast before you go to stay informed of travel warnings to certain areas and stay up-to-date with periods of extreme weather conditions.

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