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When to Go to South America

Remember that the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere:

  • Spring - September to December
  • Summer - December to March
  • Fall - March to June
  • Winter - June to September

Country When to Go
Argentina Buenos Aires - any time
Iguazu Falls - winter or spring
Patagonia - summer
Andes for skiing - winter
High season is January and February
Bolivia Avoid the rainy season in the lowlands between November to March
Altiplano - winter
Lowlands and rain forest - April to October
Brazil Cities - any time
Carnaval in February
Amazon - avoid rainy season between November to May
High season is November to April
Chile Northern Chile - any time, November is best
Middle Chile - September to February
Southern Chile - December to March
Easter Island and Juan Fernandez - March
High season is January - February and July and August for skiing
Colombia Dry season in December - March in the mountains;

December to April and July to September on the coast
High season is December to February
Ecuador Rainy season is December to May Galapagos - January to April is hot and humid; tour boats docked in September and October Coast - avoid rainy season Quito and highlands - any time of year Amazon - avoid rainy season
High season is December to February
Falkland Islands October to March
French Guiana Rainy season is January to June, heaviest rain in May
Travel between July to December
High season is February Carnival
Guyana Best time is mid-October to mid-May, after rainy seasons ending in late January and late August
Travel in the interior is best in dry season
Paraguay Rainy season in December to April with frequent flooding in the southeast
very hot between October and March
Dry season travel (June to August) is easier.
Peru Lima - avoid foggy time in June - December
Coastal desert - any time of year
Andes - avoid rainy periods between October - April
Rainforest - hot and humid all year; avoid January - April
High season is May to September
Suriname Rainy season is April to July, December and January
Best times are mid-August to early December
Uruguay Best time to visit is mid-October to late March; be prepared for heat and humidity
High season is January and February
Venezuela Dry season is December to April; but May to October is still nice and prices are lower
High season is Christmas, February Carnival and Easter

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