November is a truly exciting time to be visiting Latin America, whether for wildlife or for festivities. Antarctica also opens its doors as the path clears enough for cruise ships to reach this remote and rugged region, a true gateway to adventure.
November-April forms the high season for those wishing to visit Central America, and the drier weather during this time means it is perfect for making the most of the region’s palm-fringed beaches; both the Pacific and Caribbean sides.
For wildlife viewing, head to Los Llanos in Venezuela, a vast wetlands region which is best viewed between November and April, when wildlife sightings are more frequent. If bird-watching is more your thing then head to the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, which offers a great variety of bird-life all year round.
One of the most well-known festivals to take place in November is the ‘Day of the Dead’. Although celebrated throughout most cities in Latin America, the most famous of these festivities takes place in Oaxaca, Mexico. During the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations, locals decorate the graves of loved ones and remember those who have passed. Sugar skulls are an iconic symbol of this festival, and although it may seem morbid it is usually a joyous occasion with parades, music and street parties in true Latin American style.
Other celebrations include the National Beauty Contest in Cartagena, Colombia- a huge deal for which people prepare by undertaking lots of plastic surgery; and a popular Horse Race which takes place on the 1st in Todos Santos, Guatemala.