Colombia knows how to party and does so year-round. You can join in the following:

January Carnaval de Blancos y Negros. Pasto’s un-PC celebrations dating back to the days of slavery, with revellers with whitened and blackened faces throwing chalk and flour over each other.

February Carnaval de Barranquilla. Second-biggest carnival in South America, complete with parades, dancing, drinking and music, held forty days before Easter

March Semana Santa. Holy Week celebrated with nighttime processions by the faithful; particularly impressive in Popayán and Mompox

June/July Rock al Parque. Massive free thee-day pop/rock/funk/metal/reggae concert in Bogotá’s Parque Simón Bolívar.

August Feria de las Flores. Medellín’s big bash, culminating in a parade of peasants bearing flowers down from the mountains.

September Festival Mundial de Salsa. Cali’s salsa festival, with the hottest moves on show at the Teatro al Aire Libre Los Cristales

November Reinado Nacional de Belleza. Cartagena crowns Miss Colombia amid parades, street dancing and music

December Feria de Cali. Epic street parties.

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