An incredible holiday combination staying at the finest places along the way! Mix the cultural sights of Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu, with the natural wonders of the impressive Lake Titicaca and the endemic wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands.
As August descends, the continent comes alive with unusual celebrations, from kite flying in Colombia to the more obscure pole flying in Guatemala. For those already longing for the slopes, August is also perfect for making the most of Chile’s ski resorts.
August in Colombia brings with it the stronger winds, and the skies are filled with a rainbow of colours as Colombia’s annual kite festival gets underway in the beautiful Villa de Leyva. The festival provides the perfect opportunity to join locals as they delight in watching both professional performances and competing for themselves.
Joyabaj in Guatemala celebrates the day of assumption every August 15th, with festivities including the ‘Palo Volador’- a tall post from which villagers, attached by a rope to the top, fly in circles around the pole creating an unusual spectacle. This is well-worth a watch and it is possible to visit as a long day trip from Antigua.
Other notable celebrations throughout August include Bolivia’s Independence Day which takes place on the 6th of the month, entailing parades in the main square of most of the country’s cities. The 24th of August also brings folkloric festivities and traditional dances to the streets of Potosi, and the San Ramon celebrations descend upon Sucre. In Otavalo, Ecuador, the Fiesta de las Corazas is celebrated between the 15th and 22nd of August.