Latin America: Where it pays to fly south for the summer

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Quechua woman sells handcrafts

Following a winter like the one most North Americans experienced this year, we’re all looking forward to the warmth and sunshine of summer. Summer is a time for drinks on an outdoor patio, or for cycling and hiking the local trails, and a time for heading to the cottage or to the beach. For many of us, it’s also time for a vacation, and Latin America has something for everybody during these months.

On top of incredible wildlife, the plantlife of the Galapagos is equally unique
On top of incredible wildlife, the plantlife of the Galapagos is equally unique

For a family getaway, the Galapagos Islands are second to none. Offering wildlife in abundance, exotic scenery, activities for every member of the family, and options for land-based and boat-based tours, the Galapagos has it all. There is no off-season in the Galapagos, but the period from June to December is considered the dry season. The waters around the islands are cooler, the skies are blue, and sea mammals and land birds are at their most active. In fact, it’s the perfect time for observing the sea birds’ courtship displays.

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A former monastery, Peru

Peru is an obvious choice for summer travel since its driest months are May through October. This means ideal conditions for exploring the Amazon, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and for hiking the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail books up fast in July and August, so plan early. If you think you have to rough it to hike the Inca Trail, take a look at our lodge to lodge Inca Trail options. Roughing it has never been so comfortable.

In case you didn’t get enough of winter this year, or were too busy to go skiing and snowboarding, consider a trip to the ski resorts of Chile and Argentina. Skiing in South America is at its peak in July and August. And in both Argentina and Chile, the ski resorts are quite close to the vineyards. Think Aprè-ski wine tours!

There are many ways to explore the mighty Amazon
There are many ways to explore the mighty Amazon

If it’s heat and humidity you’re after (some people like it!), the rainforest is always hot and humid, and South America has a lot of rainforest. The rainforest regions of Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil can all be visited during the northern hemisphere summer, and you travel by cruise boat, or stay in a jungle lodge.

June through September is a very busy time for the Galapagos and the Inca Trail, so book early to get the dates you want. South America is a great short getaway, due to the minimal time-changes, you’ll never have to worry about jet-lag slowing you down.

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