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As low-heel booties are traded for sandals and flannels are exchanged for breezy maxi dresses, I can sense that the bright summer season is approaching in North America. However, down south, the weather is starting to resemble the temperatures of the winter season. You may ask yourself, why would I go to South America during their winter months? Is there such a thing as fun in the sun, during that time? Though it might not be your typical vay-cay, South America during the off-season is as good a time as any to visit. In fact, with lower prices, fewer crowds, and better deals in accommodations, this might become the best trip you’ve ever booked!

Read below for my Top 5 Summer Destinations in South America:

#1. Machu Picchu, Peru

All that talk about how the weather is changing, and yet, Peru’s temperatures stay relatively consistent throughout the year! With the agreeable weather, fewer selfie-stick enthusiasts, and a little more space to breathe, this is the perfect time to visit Machu Picchu. On a summer day, the majestic site reaches the maximum amount of daily visitors; a number regularly hit during peak travel season. However, during the South American winter months, those types of high numbers are not quite reached. Meaning, there will be more Machu Picchu for the rest of us!

Summer Destinations - Machu Picchu

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Sacred ValleyInsider Tip: Spend some time wandering the local markets of the Sacred Valley. Venture into quaint towns, such as Ollantaytambo, where some additional Incan archaeological sites are located. You will find that most trains from Cusco to Machu Picchu stop in town, making the trip quite convenient. 

#2. Santiago, Chile 

Are you the type of person that spends their weeks in the city and packs their snowboard gear for a weekend away in the mountains? Me too. Believe it or not, during the months June – September, you can still find some fresh pow in South America! For both city and serenity, visit the snow-covered mountains of Chile, not far from Santiago. Santiago is where most skiers and boarders choose to stay, packing up their gear to hit the slopes at one of the many ski resorts nearby.

Summer Destinations - Chile

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South American CuisineInsider Tip: Make sure to fuel your body for those big ski days by consuming plenty of the protein-rich seafood that can be found in the city. I’m sure you can meet some locals or restaurant chefs that enjoy eating and cooking up that tasty fresh fish that you can’t find anywhere else!

#3.  Lake Titicaca, Peru

Have you ever seen the Milky Way? Because it’s as beautiful as everyone says it is, and during the off-season in Lake Titicaca, you have more of a chance of seeing this spectacular site! During the day, hike the rolling hills, explore the local markets and handicrafts, and float on the blue water in traditional reed boats. At night, visit “the birthplace of the sun” (during the months May – September), where you’ll have a fabulous opportunity to see the bright stars fill up the night sky!

Summer Destinations - Lake Titicaca Floating Boats

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La Paz BoliviaInsider Tip: Combine your trip to Lake Titicaca with a trip to the metropolitan city of La Paz. La Paz is the highest administrative capital in the world. Take a cable car ride over the city for panoramic views of the Andes mountain range and city lights below.

#4. The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and, thankfully, can be visited at any time of the year. Embark on an exciting adventure to the stretch of islands that inspired Darwin’s research. Seamlessly combine visits to all of the islands on a Luxury Galapagos Cruise, where you can experience the unique flora, fauna, and wildlife straight from the comfort of the ship. The Petrel Luxury Catamaran is a fantastic option for travelers looking to explore the terrain of the Galapagos during the day, and relax in the elegance of a private cabin at night. 

Summer Destinations - Galapagos

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Insider Tip: Hit the beach! South America crosses the equator, creating balmy weather year-round. Visit Bahía Tortuga Beach, which offers guests the chance to get close to marine turtles, with baby turtles that hatch in June and July. To extend your trip, choose an additional beach locale like the exotic Guayaquil, by staying in one of the surrounding resorts or city hotels.

#5. Argentine Patagonia

Argentine Patagonia is another excellent place to continue snowsports year-round! Come close to the “End of the World,” as you reach the regions untouched nature, well-kept around the various resorts and ski centers. Though I’ve talked about Chile’s frosty landscape above, Argentina is another great destination to sport your puffy jackets and colorful beanies. With places like Bariloche, Ushuaia, and Tierra del Fuego, any skier, snowboarder, or snowshoer will not be disappointed.

Argentine Patagonia

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Bariloche ArgentinaInsider Tip: Indulge with delicious, locally produced artisanal chocolates and beers in the Argentine Patagonia Lake District, especially in Bariloche. Bariloche borders Nahuel Huapi and is best-known for its Swiss alpine architecture. Stoll along the streets of this charming resort town, hike or ski in the nearby mountains, or boat across the Lake District.

Are you ready for a wintery-summer vacay?! Call us today and we can help you plan your best summer vacation yet!

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Margo Lynott

Margo Lynott

Marketing Intern at SouthAmerica.travel
Margo was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington. She is currently a senior at Seattle University, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in International Business. With a desire to travel, she decided to leave Seattle and study abroad in Paris, France for a semester. During her time abroad, she went on weekend trips exploring England, Spain, Croatia, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Margo has been a marketing intern for SouthAmerica.travel since July 2016. In September 2016, she will be going abroad again. This time to Argentina and Chile. She can't wait to share her experience when she comes back!
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