When to Go to Central & South America

Machu Picchu panorama
Machu Picchu, Peru

Central & South America by Season

Central and South America encompasses a vast area, starting with hot and sunny Cuba in the northern hemisphere, crossing the equator at the Galapagos Islands, and stretching far south towards the icy waters of Patagonia. As you would expect for such a diverse region, the climate is incredibly variable, with the equatorial regions experiencing just two seasons, wet and dry, and the southern regions enjoying all four seasons.

Such variation means that it's always the best time to visit somewhere in Central and South America, it just depends on whether you're looking for beaches, wildlife, hiking or cultural adventures. We’ve highlighted some of seasonal highlights below. If you're planning a holiday to Central and South America, talk to a Travel Expert today on 0800 707 6010.

Hiking in Patagonia
December to February
  • Good time for spotting penguins in Argentina
  • Brazil's Rio Carnival in February
  • Ideal conditions for hiking in Patagonia
  • Warm and sunny days in Cuba
Galapagos cruise with seal
March to May
  • Autumn foliage colours in Argentina and Chile
  • Best time to see pumas in Chile
  • Turtles nesting in Costa Rica
  • Ideal weather conditions for Galapagos Islands cruises
Amazon River cruise
June to August
  • Ski season in Chile and Argentina
  • Ideal water level for Amazon River trips
  • Most popular time to hike the Inca Trail
  • Best conditions for surfing in Costa Rica
Whale shark with open mouth
September to November
  • Wildflowers blooming in the Chilean Andes
  • Best time for spotting whale sharks in the Galapagos Islands
  • Ideal weather for hiking in Argentina’s mountains
  • Most comfortable weather in Brazil

Top Central & South America Journeys

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Carpeted with jungles and mountains and fringed by white sand beaches, Central and South America are filled with adventures and nature. At Round the World Experts we have a team of Central & South America Experts who specialise in creating tailor-made holidays across the continent. For personal advice, help with planning, or to get a bespoke quote, get in touch with our team today.

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