June is the perfect time to head to Brazil’s stunning coastline; rugged and wild with the perfect conditions for a variety of water sports, the beaches are famous for a reason and provide a welcome respite from the unpredictable British summer.
For those wishing to tick a trip to the Galapagos off their bucket list, June is the perfect time, and with the peak season running through until December, June will get you there before the main crowds. The southern trade winds bring the colder Humboldt Current, which brings with it the dry season with blue skies and mid-day showers. The water temperatures at this time of year make it perfect for diving, and a whole array of species frequent the waters.
In terms of festivals, Peru and Ecuador are abuzz with processions and festivities, the highlights of which include Inti Raymi (the festival of the sun) - an explosion of colours, music and indigenous traditions; Pentecost; Qoyllur R’iti – a world renowned pilgrimage which involves a rigorous 2-3 day trek at high altitude to worship the ‘Apu’, or mountain; and Corpus Christi which is celebrated differently in Peru to that of its Ecuadorian counterpart, but both are of equal importance and involve vibrant processions with masks and traditional dances.
June also brings the annual Rain Festival to Puerto Varas in Chile’s Lake District, which sees people decorating umbrellas and taking to the streets in costume to celebrate the arrival of the winter solstice.