Winter in South America
Are you looking for a better way to enjoy your winter instead of staying at home, whole season watching long binge Netflix series? No offense to “armchair travelers” out there – which has its own time and place, but after a while, don’t you want to enjoy something a little more adventurous?
Sure, you do. Traveling to South America will be an amazing experience for you and the best way to enjoy your winter season. In South America, the Southern Hemisphere seasons are reversed! You will get to spend days enjoying the sunny days, filled with the natural beauty of South America unmatched anywhere else, just waited for someone to be discovered. The place is full of sky creeper mountains, wildlife, wondrous waterfalls, and amusing parks. Here are some reasons why one should spend the winter holidays in South America destinations.
Southern Hemisphere Seasons & Climates
In our winter season, when the northern hemisphere is freezing, it is the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. January is peak summer when South Americans are enjoying warm summer days.
Ecuador is one of the most amazing destinations which gives the tropical climate all year round. From January to May, when it is very pleasant, it is the tourist high-season when Europeans and North Americans flock to the destination as it is so cold back home!
Peru is another destination, known for its famous mountains, lakes and Macho Picchu. From November to April, the season is considered as wet but peak time also for a visit.
Patagonia is one of the famous places to visit, made up of Argentina and Chile, located at the base of South America. Climate is temperate during the summer months. It is considered perfect for hiking Chile’s Andes Mountains or Kayaking across the beautiful lakes and rivers of Argentina. The best time to visit is December to March when temperatures are warm.
Snorkel at the Galapagos Islands
Have you ever heard of Galapagos Islands? These islands are famous for the living tortoises and situated near the coast of Ecuador. You can have a number of activities here, like climb on a bike, starting at the top of San Cristobal’s highest point and complete a cycle from the highland cloud forests that cover the almost whole island to the La Loberia.
Snorkel or scuba dive near the Isla Lobos and watching the sea lions catch a meal, perfect view to capture a memory, isn’t it? You can also swim some more with turtles, amazing and tropical fish, and maybe even some dangerous sharks at the remains of an underwater volcano while diving. You can also hike the Sierra Negra volcano, which sometimes rises one mile above the ocean. There is much more you can do; I have only listed some highlights here about the Galapagos islands. You should visit these incredible islands as a once in a lifetime trip! If you get the opportunity to experience the Galapagos, by all means, GO! Most people never have such glorious chances in their lives.
Beautiful Mountain Ranges
In the amazing Peru world, you can explore some snow-capped mountains and enjoy some hiking there. At a high peak of 4,500 meters in the amazing mountain ranges which are close to Ecuador, you can enjoy snow-free mountain peaks and hike there.
The journey can be started from the City of Cuzco in the Andes Mountains. Make your way to the Sacsayhuaman fortress (means the house of Sun). The awe-inspiring site is an archaeological site that represents a set of jaguar’s teeth. Each tooth is weighed up to 130 tons and fitted perfectly in place.
This amazing UNESCO heritage site is best known for its walls and mind-blowing city age as it dates back to 900 AD. The magnificent ramps and terraces are the perfect spot if you are a photographer or love to get pictures.
Ecuador’s Volcanoes and Hot Springs
Ecuador is the perfect spot for you to add some rest and relaxation to your adventurous trip. You can begin your trip from the Cotopaxi, where you can also learn about the Ecuadorian farms and lifestyle. The idea of visiting the valley of Volcanos is mind-blowing. Ecuador’s volcanos provide the best climate around when visiting them in the spring season. Waterfalls, Papallacta highlands, and Ecuador’s rainforests are amazing places to replenish your journey. After soaking in the steaming hot spring and cold nights, you will be ending up your beautiful trip in the historical mountain cities of Ecuador. Fly back to the Quito, the capital, and you will have enough memories to share and remember lately.
Argentina/Brazil – Deserts and Iguazú Falls
The beautiful and impressive waterfalls, including Kaieteur, falls in Guyana, Salto Angel in Venezuela, both are amazing in their own nature. The most famous one is Iguazu falls, which are located on the border of the continents Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. These 2.7km waterfalls are wide and dump 1750 m3 water per second down to 82 meters. Pretty impressive, Yes!
Amazing U-shaped centerpiece of the falls is called the Devil’s throat, awfully powerful, and it erupts the water flow into two different ways. Small terrain and walkways allow visitors to get around the site and view the whole majestic system with their own eyes. The Argentinian waterfalls have a more extensive network of walkways and allow you to get very close to the main falls so tourists can see the falls with different angels and proximities.
Here comes Patagonia, a vast land that starts from the plains of Argentina and moves to the majestic mountains of Chile, taking you to the edge of the world. Visit the Magdalena Islands, the beautiful home of Penguins of all species. Hike across the land and explore all the amazing sights, and don’t forget to have some awesome clicks anyway.
The 4-day hiking trek will be passing inside the Torres del Paine national park and take you across the granite peaks where you will be enjoying the snow-clad mountains and glacial lakes. You will be hiking 3,000 feet, and throughout the highest natural cliff face, the sights are wonderful, seeing the highest natural peak in the world. After such a long journey, you will be resting in the local hotel near the kayak Grey lake, which is known for grand glaciers immense icebergs.