Don’t miss out on the expertise and insight of our Latin American team who are keen to share with you their favourite destinations and experiences across Latin America and the best times to travel.

I say “don’t miss out” as, over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a spike in interest in travelling to Latin America. Availability will soon be an issue…

From watching Grey whales migrate to Baja California’s Pacific coast to stalking jaguars in the Pantanal, from a different kind of space travel in north-west Argentina to the culture of Bolivia, we’ve put together some of our, and indeed your, favourite places to discover.

Give us a call and put us to the test.

Travel Between

October – December

Chile

From the glacial landscapes of windswept Patagonia to the dusty salt pans of the Atacama, Chile is a land of wild vistas and national parks ( in large thanks to the Tompkins family spending hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase and “rewild” swaths of land).

Why? The northern hemisphere winter is the perfect time to visit Chile when all of its desert and mountain landscapes can be combined in one trip without fear of bad weather.

We recommend: Highlights of Chile

Boat, Pouso de cajaiba,Paraty, Rio de janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, brazil

Brazil

Brazil stretches from the Amazon basin in the north to the colossal Iguazu Falls in the south. With wildlife-rich wetlands, spectacular beaches and colourful culture, this vast country is alive with sights.

Why? This is a quieter time to visit, avoiding major holiday periods. It is one of the best times of year for wildlife, with high concentrations of wading birds and a good chance of spotting jaguars.

We recommend: Brazilian Amazon and the Pantanal

Travel Between

January – March

Many great civilisations have left their mark on Mexico. Trek through vine-covered pyramids around the Yucatan Peninsula and wander through the heritage towns littered with colonial architecture.

Why? Two of Mexico’s most exciting natural events coincide in January and February. Grey whales migrate to Baja California’s Pacific coast to mate and calve, whilst monarch butterflies congregate in their millions in the southern highlands.

We recommend: Great Whales of Baja California

Pacuare Lodge, Canopy Suite, Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica
Pacuare Lodge, Rio Pacuare, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Recent Earthshot ‘Protect and Restore Nature’ winner Costa Rica is a small country blessed with a variety of biospheres. Habitats ranging from cloud forests to coastal mangroves lie within reach of one another, making this wealth of biodiversity incredibly accessible.

Why? This is by far the most comfortable time to explore Costa Rica’s natural highlights and the best chance of seeing the impressive volcano-dotted interior and palm-fringed coasts under clear blue skies.

We recommend: Highlights of Costa Rica

Travel Between

April – June

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia

With rugged snow-capped mountains, vast deserts, salt flats and even Amazonian jungle, Bolivia contains many of the natural jewels of South America. Alongside this, strong indigenous influences shape the culture, mixing with colonial history.

Why? The dry season is perfect for exploring the southern Altiplano. Over the next few months, you can expect to see the dry salt desert deliver its iconic mirror effect.

We recommend: Highlights of Bolivia

Cuba

A country that conjures up vibrant images of Castro, classic cars and cigars, Cuba is a nation shaped by the geopolitics of the 20th century. This diverse island offers a wealth of nostalgia, vibrant culture, abundant wildlife and sweeping white beaches.

Why? It’s getting warmer and a little wetter but you won’t have to jostle through the streets of Old Havana. Visit over May Day to see revolutionary fervour in full force.

We recommend: One Month in Cuba

Travel Between

July – September

Gaucho, San Antonio de Areco, Argentina
San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

Argentina

A frenetic melting pot of vibrant culture and dramatic terrains, Argentina offers everything from horseback gallops across sweeping pampas to nights spent mingling with locals in Buenos Aires’s wine bars.

Why? Combine time in cultured Buenos Aires with an exploration of the country’s north whilst temperatures are comfortable and sunshine frequent. Add in the thundering spectacle of the Iguazu Falls to complete the trip.

We recommend: Drive Classic North-West Argentina

Guyana

This is a small country of oversized sights. Giant river otters and giant anteaters can be found here, but it is the Kaieteur Falls that truly tower over the landscape. This thundering waterfall is five times the height of Niagara.

Why? This is a great time to visit the falls and when they’re at their most dramatic. The wet season has just ended and the Potaro River will be thundering over the edge at full capacity.

Read more about Guyana

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Author: Steppes Travel