Best Time to Travel
When to Visit South America
Weather is probably one of the first things you want to know about before booking a trip to anywhere in South America. There are 12 countries and three major territories in South America and altogether, they experience four different climates. Below are highlights of the best times to visit, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or don’t see the region or country you’re looking for—we’re always happy to help!
Spring (September – December):
- Lake Titicaca – November is the warmest month for this lake at a very high altitude on the border of Bolivia and Peru.
- The Atacama Desert – Expect some rain, but in general this is a very pleasant time to visit.
- Ecuador – Although this is the off-season for much of Ecuador, travel during these months if you want to take advantage of reduced rates.
Summer (December – March):
- Lima – While humidity is high, this is the warmest time of the year in a country that has a reputation for being cool.
- Brazil – One word: Carnaval! But be prepared to encounter crowds and book as far in advance as you can.
- Chile – Summer is peak tourist season, but as long as you can deal with crowds, there is no shortage of activities and events to partake in.
Autumn (March – June):
- Paraguay – After a hot summer, these months which have average temperatures in the low 80°s and 70°s, are a refreshingly comfortable time to visit.
- Argentina – April and May are ideal months for exploring in Buenos Aires because temperatures are mild and pleasant (low 70°s).
- Bolivia – Because of the sunny days, these months are the best for outdoor pursuits like hiking, climbing and mountain biking.
Winter (June – September):
- The Ecuadorian Andes – June to August are the driest months.
- Central & Southern Chile – September is the best month for skiing in these regions of Chile.
- Uruguay – Albeit chilly, June is a great month to visit if you’re looking to see green scenery and partake in the Tango Culture festival which is celebrated in June.
How to Prepare
What to Pack for South America
Packing for your South American Adventure is going to depend on where you’re going and what you’re doing. For example on a Patagonian cruise you will need a waterproof parka, pants and gloves. For a cruise in the Galapagos you will need a swimsuit and sunscreen.
They say in South America you can see all four seasons in one day because it’s so close to the Equator. Because of that we always recommend packing layers. It may not sound attractive to say you want to dress like an onion, but you’ll be far more comfortable!
Just a general idea of some suggested packing lists
Travel Tips for Visiting South America
Here are a few pre-departure pointers from our in-house South America expert, Carol Austin. Have more questions regarding South America travel? Give her a call at (800) 575-1540!
- Make sure your passport is valid for six months after your date of entry into the country.
- Contact your bank and credit card company (in advance) to advise them of your travel plans.
- Also in advance, visit your physician or travel clinic for an update on routine immunizations and country specific immunizations that may be required.