Can I get things shipped to ArteSumapaz?

It IS possible to ship either to the center, or to our address in Bogota. In Bogota, things are a bit safer, as there is a doorman to receive packages, and they are stored in a garage until someone can bring them up. That address is:

{YOUR NAME]
Crump/ArteSumapaz
Cra 3 #77-89
Bogotá 110221
COLOMBIA

Less certain is sending packages to the center itself. Typically, packages end up in one of the places in town that receive packages – but we often don’t know which! On a couple of occasions, we have found someone hollering to us that a package has been received!

ArteSumapaz
Hacienda Australia, via Portones a Pandi
San Bernardo, Cundinamarca
COLOMBIA

We still advocate that when possible you bring as much of your materials with you in your plane luggage!

Is a computer printer available?

We do not have a printer available for artists. It is, however, easy to bring files to a stationery shop in San Bernardo where you can get files printed in black and white or in color.

How focused are you on sustainability?

Very! We endeavor to avoid or recycle plastics, and ask residents to help out in that effort. We also ask that people turn off lights when not in use, and to use soaps that are not harmful to the environment.

Are there snakes, spiders, and other critters?

Oh, yes. We’re in one of the most biodiverse regions of the world, and that includes all sorts of wasps, ants, spiders, snakes, and land crabs, and more. You need to exercise reasonable caution when hiking in the region, and wear long hiking pants and even boots. If you have a known allergy to stings (bees, wasps, etc) physicians recommend that you always travel with a dose of epinephrine.

Interestingly, one of the most dangerous critters to come into contact with here is a type of caterpillar (Lonomia).

How’s the weather?

The weather at ArteSumapaz tends to be temperate all year round, with rainy and dry seasons. It’s rather difficult to say whether we’ll be in our rainy time or dry time (pretty much the two seasons we tend to have), as for whether global warming or the “el niño/la niña” (https://www.climate.gov/enso .)  weather patterns are having play, But what I can say is that our most rainy season, whenever that might be, tends to be pleasant. We’ll get gray days, and precipitation for an hour or so, but never so cool as to merit a sweater after the early morning. But it really has been off from those official charts of what we should be expecting.

WEATHER BY MONTH // WEATHER AVERAGES FUSAGASUGÁ

 JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Avg. Temperature °C (°F)18.5 °C(65.4) °F18.8 °C(65.9) °F18.8 °C(65.8) °F18.6 °C(65.4) °F18.5 °C(65.3) °F18.3 °C(65) °F18.3 °C(64.9) °F18.8 °C(65.8) °F19.1 °C(66.4) °F18.6 °C(65.4) °F18.3 °C(64.9) °F18.4 °C(65) °F
Min. Temperature °C (°F)15.6 °C(60) °F16 °C(60.9) °F16.3 °C(61.3) °F16.3 °C(61.3) °F16.2 °C(61.2) °F15.8 °C(60.5) °F15.4 °C(59.8) °F15.5 °C(59.8) °F15.7 °C(60.3) °F15.9 °C(60.6) °F15.8 °C(60.5) °F15.6 °C(60.1) °F
Max. Temperature °C (°F)21.9 °C(71.3) °F22.2 °C(71.9) °F22 °C(71.6) °F21.5 °C(70.6) °F21.3 °C(70.3) °F21.3 °C(70.3) °F21.4 °C(70.6) °F22.2 °C(72) °F22.6 °C(72.6) °F21.7 °C(71) °F21.2 °C(70.2) °F21.5 °C(70.6) °F
Precipitation / Rainfall mm (in)123(4.8)155(6.1)221(8.7)264(10.4)214(8.4)89(3.5)74(2.9)72(2.8)111(4.4)214(8.4)219(8.6)140(5.5)
Humidity(%)80%79%82%85%85%82%79%75%74%82%86%83%
Rainy days (d)131316171714141313161714
avg. Sun hours (hours)6.15.95.95.76.16.76.97.37.55.95.15.9

The difference in precipitation between the driest month and the wettest month is 192 mm | 8 inch. The variation in temperatures throughout the year is 0.8 °C | 1.4 °F.

The month with the highest relative humidity is November (85.60 %). The month with the lowest relative humidity is September (74.39 %).

The month with the highest number of rainy days is April (23.10 days). The month with the lowest number of rainy days is January (17.07 days).

Fusagasugá are in the middle and the summers are that easy to define.

What about the weather?

It isn’t a simple matter to speak of the weather at ArteSumapaz. Basically, there are supposedly three seasons; rainy and dry and in-between. When it’s rainy, it tends to be more overcast, with about an hour of precipitation every day or night. For the most part, the center being at an elevation of 1,400 meters above sea level, is considered temperate. You might need a sweater or hoodie in the first couple hours of the morning, but by late morning, you might be down to a t shirt.

There are official charts of what to expect in Colombia, but they tend to be inaccurate perhaps because of global warming or the “el niño/la niña” (https://www.climate.gov/enso .)  weather patterns. But what I can say is that our most rainy season, whenever that might be, tends to be pleasant. 

Will I, Can I, Must I speak Spanish?

The staff at ArteSumapaz is bilingual. Sometimes, residents really want to improve their Spanish, so we tend to focus on speaking spanish at the table or in other settings. At other times, the consensus leans towards English, and the native Colombians get to improve their English. And sometimes it just all devolves into a good old-fashioned “spanglish,” as we all discover new ways to express ourselves. So, it’s up to each individual; if you want to improve or learn spanish, we can make that happen.

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