Climate: Cartagena de Indias has a warm semi-arid weather with average temperatures for July 2019 of 26-31°C (79-88°F) and a relative humidity +90%. It is remarkable that although the weather tends to be warm all year round, the presence of a breeze makes the climate pleasant. Remember that Colombia is located near the Equatorial line and it has no distinct seasons. There are several climatic zones in Colombia and temperature depends on altitude. It reduces by about 6 °C per each 1000 meters of altitude. Caribbean coasts have hot climate with rain seasons (not normally in July).
Seasons in Colombia: Colombia is located on the northern part of South America. It has no distinct seasons. Weather conditions don’t vary in big scales during whole year and it is more dependent on location and altitude than on time of the year. There are several climatic zones in Colombia and temperature depends on altitude. It reduces by about 6 °C per each 1000 meters of altitude.
Caribbean coasts have hot climate with rain seasons (not normally in July), and Bogota (located on a high plateau in the Northern Andes Mountains) is 2640 meters (8661 feet) above sea level and average temperatures for July 2019 are of 10-18°C (50-64°F).
Time zone: Colombia Time (COT), UTC -5. The IANA time zone identifier for Cartagena is America/Bogota.
Currency: The currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso (COP). 1 EURO is about 3,600 COP.
Money exchange: There are two exchange places in the airport after you exit baggage claim.
Voltage: Colombia has 110-120-volt electricity (as in the USA) and uses same plug as the USA (see picture).
Transportation: From the airport taxis are available at a very low cost. Take a left after you exit baggage claim and go to the taxi’s window desk where you will be asked your destination and they will give you get a receipt. You will have to pay in cash (around $20.000 Colombian pesos COP).
City centre (wall city): This is historical part of the city that you should try to visit. There are walking tours available or you can walk over the city wall and through old streets to visit different spots, outside coffee places/bars/restaurants, history, etc. and enjoy the day and night life.
Be smart: don’t carry your passport with you (a photocopy and a picture in your mobile is enough) – leave it at the security box, together with other unnecessary belongings, and when walking around “don’t give papaya” – meaning be aware of your belongings and avoid tricky situations. Enjoy!
Visa: Countries in grey need visa to travel to Colombia. (
Information: Please get in touch with the congress Local Organising Committee
If you require an invitation letter: