Weather in Medellín in November

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 24.04.2024

Known as the “City of Eternal Spring", the Colombian city of Medellín doesn’t experience extreme seasonal changes. That said, if you’re thinking of visiting in low-season November, bear in mind this is one of the region’s rainier months. At the same time, daytime temperatures are warm, and landscapes remain lush as the city begins to transition to a drier season as the month moves on. For more details, read on to find out everything you need to know about the weather in Medellín in November, along with inspirational itinerary suggestions.

Is November a good time to visit Medellín?

Depending on your personal preferences, November can be an excellent time to visit Medellín for a host of reasons.

First up, while this month is still part of the rainy season, the weather in Medellín in November starts to clear up as the month wears on. On average, November sees around 180mm of rainfall, compared with 200mm in October. 

For more context, July and August see an average of around of 100mm, May sees 150mm, while dry January usually experiences around 40mm.

As a result of its rain, November draws fewer tourists than many other months of the year. For reference, the busiest months of the year are December to January, and June to August, especially during August’s Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival).

So, if you’re looking for a more relaxed, authentic visit, November will see you visiting attractions in less crowded conditions and could have you enjoying lower accommodation prices.

In addition, Medellín continues to experience its “eternal spring” climate in November, with pleasant temperatures lending themselves to enjoying the city's cafés and street art, and exploring the surrounding countryside when it’s gloriously green.

Interested in visiting Medellín? Talk to our local Colombia experts to kick-start creating your dream trip. 

a green view of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia

Sitting at the end of the rainy season, the weather in Medellín in November makes for greener landscapes © Shutterstock

Average temperatures in Medellín in November

Similar to September and October, the weather in Medellín in November means mild-to-warm temperatures that range from 17°C (63°F) at night and 27°C (81°F) during the day. 

Sounds pretty much perfect for comfortably exploring the city on foot, and the wider region, where adventure activities (hiking, kayaking and climbing, and horse-riding) await. 

For comparison, August is slightly warmer, ranging from 18°C (64°F) at night to 28°C (82°F) during the day. Meanwhile, Medellín’s coolest months — January, February and December — range from 16°C (61°F) to 28°C (82°F).

Editor’s tip: for a bigger picture of the weather, read up on the best time to visit Colombia.

What about the crowds and cost?

November lies in one of Medellín’s two main low seasons. These run between April and June, and September to November. 

So, if you prefer smaller crowds, and more authentic experiences, November has your name all over it. You won’t have to queue to get into top attractions. 

In addition, visiting in November means you could well pay less for accommodation, though it’s best to book early, especially if you’re visiting later in the month 

Decided to take a trip at this time of year but still not sure where to go? Discover some of the best places to visit in November.

Medellin escalators in Comuna 13, Colombia © Shutterstock

Medellín's Comuna 13 district is a must-visit © Shutterstock

Unforgettable customisable Colombia itineraries

If you fancy seeing a rewarding range of Colombia, consider taking a trip that’s been curated by a Rough Guides' local expert.

As revealed in our guide to backpacking Colombia, going it alone takes some planning and can present challenges. In contrast, taking the Rough Guides route means our experts will take care of planning an unforgettable trip that’s been 100% tailored to your preferences.

Here are a few sample itineraries to spark inspiration:

  • Magnificent Colombian Highlights (11 days): from exploring bustling Bogota and charming Cartagena to uncovering the natural wonders of Puerto Narino and Medellín’s vibrant culture, this trip is rich in experiences and magnificent in nature. 
  • Fascination Colombia - Medellín and Cartagena (11 days): This immersive two-center trip will see you divide your time between Medellin and Cartagena, with each base offering opportunities to experience a richness of Colombian culture, from taking authentic cooking classes to exploring the great outdoors on horseback.
  • Unforgettable Colombia - cities, coffee, and islands (13 days): encompassing Colombia's three main areas, including the capital, Bogotá, the beautiful colonial town of Villa de Leyva, and Cartagena, this diverse trip will see you uncover coffee culture in lush hillsides and valleys before blessing out on the idyllic Islas del Rosario

Rough Guides' customisable trips can take you from Cartagena (pictured) to Medellín © Shutterstock

What to do and see in Medellín in November

Given that November tends to experience most of its rain in the afternoon, plan outdoor adventures in the morning, and hit the city’s cultural hotspot later in the day.

Offering mild-to-warm average temperatures, and decreased rain as the month wears on, you can enjoy a wide range of rewarding activities in Medellín in November, some of which we share below.

Take a walking tour of the city

Spend a morning exploring Medellín's historic and cultural sites in the company of a local guide. 

If you’re into art, stop off at the Museo de Antioquia and Plaza Botero. The museum houses a large collection of works by the renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero, along with pre-Colombian and contemporary art. 

Outside, Plaza Botero showcases 23 of Botero's larger-than-life bronze sculptures in a park. 

Editor’s tip: take a guided graffiti tour of Comuna 13 to see street art and learn about the neighborhood's transformation.

Drink in Colombia’s coffee culture

Visit a local plantation to discover how coffee is made, and taste plenty of the good stuff — there’s a reason Colombian coffee is regarded as some of the world’s best. 

We suggest touring D'arrieros Coffee Farm for intimate insights into coffee production from bean to cup. Just 45 minutes from Medellín, the landscapes will be gloriously green in November.

Editor’s tip: back in the city, coffee addicts won’t want to miss café-hopping around the chic El Poblado neighborhood.

Coffee plantation © Fotos593/Shutterstock

Colombian coffee plantation © Shutterstock

Get your adventure on

The region around Medellín offers a range of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed during this rainier month. As mentioned above, we suggest booking these experiences for the morning.

For example, you could take in breathtaking views of the Andean mountains by going paragliding. Located just outside the city, San Félix and San Pedro are popular launch spots.

Or how about going zip-lining through the forests near Medellín? Not only this is an exhilarating experience, but the landscapes will be gorgeously lush in November.

Take a trip on the Metrocable

Take the cable car up to Parque Arví ecological nature reserve for incredible of the city and surrounding mountains.

When you’re done being wowed by the view, explore the reserve’s trails, visit the Butterfly Garden and Orchidarium, and (weather permitting) picnic in picture-perfect surroundings.

Still, making up your mind? Read up on the best things to do in Colombia.


Medellīn's Metrocable © Shutterstock

Visit Medellín in different months

To be better informed before booking your trip, find out what to expect of the weather in Medellín around the year.

  • January: falling within the dry high season, January sees warm days, low rainfall and a decrease on December’s crowds.
  • February: still warm, and with fewer crowds than the preceding months, February sees a slight increase in rain.
  • March: expect more rain as the region transitions to the wet season, with warm daytime temperatures, and pleasantly mild mornings and evenings.
  • April: offering lush scenery, this month sees increased rain, relatively few visitors, and warm daytime temperatures.
  • May: high season is on the horizon, so visit in May for lower prices, smaller crowds, comfortable temperatures and blooming greenery as a result of the rain.
  • June: this month sees the start of the summer high season and heralds warmer temperatures that invite outdoor adventuring during a mini-dry season.
  • July: sitting at the height of the dry, summer high season, expect lively festivals, larger crowds and higher costs.
  • August: part of the high summer season period, extra crowds visit for the famous flower festival
  • September: this month sees Medellín shift back into the wetter season, with a mix of sunny days and increased rainfall in the afternoon.
  • October: despite increased rain, the city maintains "Eternal Spring" temperatures. Explore outdoors in the morning and enjoy cultural activities during wetter afternoons.
  • December: hola full-on festive high season! Attracting peak visitor numbers, December is stacked with events and sees the city shift back to the dry season.
Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 24.04.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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