Carnival season may well be over, but in true Latin American style there is plenty to keep you entertained throughout March. As a largely Christian continent, Easter week, or ‘Semana Santa’ is of huge importance, and is celebrated lavishly throughout.
During Easter week, throughout Latin America you will see colourful parades, mass, and often fireworks. Easter is almost more important than Christmas here, and if you head to Mexico you may be lucky enough to witness the re-enactment of the crucifixion which takes place annually, with actors and hordes of followers taking to the streets.
March is also the month of the enthralling ‘Ruta Maya Canoe Race’ in Belize, a challenging, multi-day race which usually takes place over Easter weekend, attracting locals and tourists in droves.
In Ecuador, the ‘Fiesta del Equinoccio’ takes place surrounding the Middle of the World monument and is celebrated with yet more dances and processions. Further south, in the charming town of Cuenca, the annual peach festival ensues, and is a wonderful event to witness.
For something a little less traditional, Colombia hosts its International Film Festival in Cartagena during March, and has become increasingly important in recent years.
Guatemala’s coffee season ends in March, so it’s the ideal time to grab that perfect cuppa; whilst in Argentina’s Mendoza, March brings the start of the harvest, making it great for tasting some of the region’s most delicious wines- definitely a must!