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South America travel ideas – a month by month guide

Deciding exactly where and when to travel in South America can get confusing – it’s a big place after all, with all sorts of climatic regions, rainy seasons and festivals to consider. To help you make sense of it all, we’ve put together a  month by month guide to some of the best places and times for South America travel.

March – Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

It’s always a good time for a tropical recharge. This month we suggest a vacation in the island beach town of Morro de Sao Paulo in Brazil’s northern state of Bahia. You can also enjoy the culturally exciting city of Salvador, located just across the perfect blue waters of the bay. Click to see a Morro de Sao Paulo tour.

Morro do Sao Paulo Beach

April – Chan Chan, Northern Peru

Peru has some of the most amazing archaeological sites the world over. We’ve all heard about Machu Picchu, but in Northern Peru you’ll find some lesser known treasures, such as the vast, ancient city of Chan Chan. April will see sunny days, but it won’t be too hot for exploring. Click here to see a Chan Chan, Peru tour

May – The Inca Trail

Boots on for the Inca Trail! May is a great month for a trip to Peru to take on the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. The weather is good and you won’t find too many crowds vying for the views at Machu Picchu. Click here to see and Inca Trail tour.

Inca Trail

June – Esteros del Iberá, Argentina

For some off-the-beaten-path wildlife watching in Argentina, try the nature rich wetlands of Esteros del Iberá. You’ll be able to spot capybaras, caiman, otters, kites and kingfishers as you canoe through its tranquil river systems. In June the days will be comfortably warm and dry. Click here to see a tour to the Esteros del Ibera.

July – The Brazilian Amazon  & the Pantanal

The wildlife in Brazil is as varied and flamboyant as the country itself, with countless species of dazzling plant, bird and animal life. July is a good time to make the most of the Amazon and the Pantanal, as you’ll avoid the full heat of summer, but days will be warm and dry. Click to see a tour to the Pantanal.

Brazilian Amazon

August – The Galápagos Islands

The fascinating enchanted isles are good to visit any time of year, but August falls in the Galápagos Islands’ dry season, so there will be sunny days and the wildlife will be active. Click here to see a tour to the Galapagos.

September – Lima, Mistura Food Festival

Any foodies out there keen to sample Peru’s famous culinary flare should plan their Peru trip around Lima’s excellent Mistura Food Festival. Food enthusiasts from all over the world will attend and there will be gourmet cuisine and street food galore. Click here for a tour to Lima.

October – Iguazú Falls

October is a great month to visit the spectacular Iguazú Falls. The rainy season is over, water levels are high, temperatures relatively cool and it won’t be packed out with other visitors – Perfect! Click here for a tour to Iguazu Falls.

Iguazu Falls

November – Buenos Aires

Spring is in the air and there is no better time to be in Buenos Aires. The trees are in bloom, the parks are at their best and the city comes alive with alfresco diners and lively street life. Click for a tour to Buenos Aires.

December – Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is a vast, pristine wilderness of lakes, mountains and mile upon mile of nature at its most pure. December is the start of summertime in Patagonia, so you’ll see it at its very best before the high season gets started. Click for a tour to Torres del Paine.

January – Southern Patagonia’s National Parks

Take full advantage of the Southern Hemisphere summer season and head way down into Argentine Patagonia to explore its epic national parks.  The Glacier National Park and the Tierra del Fuego National Park are both basking under blue skies at this time of year. Click for a trip to Patagonia.


February – Carnival in Brazil

February is carnival month, what more can we say? This is the top time to travel to Brazil. Both Rio Carnival and Salvador de Bahia carnival will be kicking off in grand scale on February 18th. Let’s samba! Click for a trip to Rio de Janeiro.

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