Summer in South America
As we know the seasons are reversed in the Northern and Southern hemispheres so when it is summer in one hemisphere it is winter in the other. Here in the Northern hemisphere it is during the long summer holidays that many people choose to have a vacation. Although many people think it’s not such a good idea to visit South America if we are searching for some sunshine in our summer holidays. But this is far from true!
South America is a very large continent and not all of it is even in the Southern hemisphere so rest assured there will always be somewhere to visit with good weather. Why not consider the following destinations as somewhere to go during our summer holidays?
As Colombia is close to the equator the weather does not change much during the year. However inland July and August are the dry season while at the coast the weather is consistently hot although you might get the occasional downpour during these months. Our summer is therefore a great time to go hiking and travel the interior of the country.
June to September is the best time to visit Quito and the highlands as the days are sunny and bright and there is less rain than usual. However January to May is the best time to visit the Galapagos as during the summer months the seas are generally rougher and the temperatures not so warm. Highland Ecuador is therefore the best bet for a visit during the summer and there is plenty to do and see there.
Again the dry season in the mountains and on the Andean plateau is from June to August . Therefore this is the best time to trek the Inca Trail, see Machu Picchu and do other outside sports and pursuits, however, it also means it’s the busiest. Lima and the coast are generally overcast during the summer months.
In the Amazon basin it rains all year round although less than usual in our summer months, making it a good location to include in any Peruvian itinerary at this time.
And then of course there is always the option to forgo sunny climes and go skiing instead. Then it’s best to head to Chile or Argentina!
For some accommodation ideas have look at Historic Haciendas. There you will find many beautiful places to spend your summer vacation.
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