Bored of the traditional Christmas festivities? Latin America offers a wonderful alternative with vibrant parties, ubiquitous sunshine, glorious beaches and an abundance of cultural and natural wonders; the perfect way to change things up this Christmas.
Why not head to the Galapagos where the warm season is just coming into play? Warmer temperatures mean warmer waters, and in turn more comfortable conditions for snorkelling and diving; the perfect opportunity for playing around with sea lions, sharks and sea turtles in their natural environment.
Alternatively, the conditions across much of Central America and Cuba (excluding Belize which is still in the midst of its wet season) are perfect for a spot of sunbathing. Take in Mayan ruins, rugged rainforests, dramatic volcanic landscapes and charming colonial cities.
If you’re looking for somewhere exciting to ring in the New Year then the obvious choice would be to head to party central, Rio de Janeiro, where the Copacabana party is famous the world over. This party is huge and top of many people’s list- both tourists and locals- and white is traditionally worn as a symbol of luck for the year ahead. (It is worth noting that prices often triple during this time, and availability is tight so it is worth booking well in advance).
Other destinations to visit around the Christmas holidays include Ecuador, which is essentially a year-round destination, and Uruguay, whose beaches are best-visited in the dry season between November and March.