Rich in breath-taking scenery, adventure and history, this two week itinerary provides a fantastic introduction to the diversity of South America. A combination of ruins, salt flats and high altitude lakes, it's an unforgettable trip.
May is the perfect month for nature lovers to head to Latin America. Whether interested in wildlife or waterfalls, the climate at this time of year provides the perfect conditions to make the most of some of the region’s most impressive natural highlights.
To catch Venezuela’s Angel Falls at its absolute best, head there between May and November, when rainy season is in full swing and tons of water come crashing down the 979 metre drop, into the surrounding jungle.
Make the most of the Andes in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador by heading there in May, the start of the dry season, which lasts until November and makes for the most comfortable trekking conditions.
Brazil’s Pantanal is best visited between May and December, when the waters begin to recede and jaguars are visible. May is also a wonderful time to visit Isla Holbox off the coast of Mexico, as the ocean at this time becomes rich in plankton, attracting whale sharks. Swimming with these magnificent creatures is an unforgettable experience. Holbox (or Isla de Pajaros - Island of Birds) is a sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds which can also be observed between May and August.
And of course it wouldn’t be Latin America if there weren’t some festivities. The first of May brings Labour Day celebrations to most Latin American cities, whilst the fifth is renowned for its ‘Cinqo de Mayo’ parties; famously originating in Mexico but now evident across the continent. The Toledo District in Belize also boasts its wonderful ‘Cacao Festival’, an important ingredient in the art of chocolate making, and especially rich from this region.