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The Best Places to Visit in South and Central America in Winter

Head south for an adventure around Central and South America with TRIPS by Culture Trip to these epic destinations.
Richard Collett
12 Dec 2021
Central and South America in winter offer dramatic variations in weather as you travel from north to south. The winter months in Colombia and Costa Rica will always remain hot and humid – but visit the wilderness of Patagonia in the far south of Argentina and you’ll need to be wrapped up warm as you explore glaciers and hiking trails. From sunshine on the coast to beautiful snow-capped volcanoes, here are the best places to visit in South and Central America in winter via TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1 . Costa Rica, for rainforests and waterfalls
Costa Rica’s winter is from May right through to December – but it’s not a traditional winter season, rather, it’s the country’s dry season. This is the best time to plan a South America trip that includes Costa Rica because you’ll experience the coolest and driest weather of the year. This nine-day group tour with Trips by Culture Trip can help you to explore Costa Rica’s rainforests – as you travel from San Jose to the wilds of Arenal in search of volcanoes, waterfalls and hot springs. In the Monteverde Cloud Forest, you’ll find sloths, hanging bridges and zip lines – while in Tamarindo, you can tackle the big waves of the Pacific Ocean as you learn how to surf, or simply kick back with a cocktail on the beach.
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2 . Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, for magical cenotes
The Yucatan Peninsula is one of the best destinations for a winter break, and from November through to March, you’ll have glorious winter sun, clear skies, dry weather, and none of the sticky humidity that comes with summer. This nine-day adventure is packed with cocktails, tequila, mezcal and Mayan ruins, and after a night out in Cancun, you’ll make a beeline for the beaches of Holbox Island.Travel inland, and you’ll see the mighty ruins of Chichen Itza, before learning how to cook Yucatec cuisine in the Mayan city of Merida. Swim in crystal clear cenotes, climb the Coba pyramids then end the tour with a cocktail-making class in Tulum.
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3 . Mexico City, for a gastronomic city break
Mexico City is cool and dry in the winter – while you might want to pack a jumper for the evenings, you’re going to love the bright sunshine that lights up the Mexican capital from October all the way through to March. This five-day Trips by Culture Trip tour might be short, but it’s absolutely packed with activities. Start by touring through the trendy neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa – before eating your way through taco stands at a local gastronomic market. You’ll visit the Aztec temples of Tenochtitlan, step back into the past at the Museum of Anthropology and experience the revelry and beer of a lucha libre match.
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4 . The Colombian Andes, for exploring Bogota and Medellin
Colombia sits right on the equator and while much of the country is hot and humid all through the year, you can escape to the Andes in winter for some much-needed cool weather. Bogota and Medellin are two cities that are located at high altitudes – from November through to March, the weather’s dry but the sun is shining and temperatures here are just perfect for exploring. This eight-day tour from Trips by Culture Trip starts with a tour of Bogota, but you’ll soon be rafting down the Magdalena River – before visiting the coffee plantations of the Zona Cafetera. From here, you’ll cross over the Andes with the trip ending in a tour of Medellin – where you’ll learn how the city has changed drastically over the last few decades.
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5 . Colombia's Caribbean Coast, for rum-tasting in Cartagena
Colombia’s Caribbean Coast is hot throughout the year, but you’ll want to visit in the dry, winter season when things are a little cooler and there are no hurricanes in sight. December to February is the time to visit, and on this eight-day tour, you’ll learn how to dance, how to mix rum cocktails and how to enjoy life on the Colombian coast. Start with a street food tour of Cartagena, visit the first free African town in the Americas and then snorkel off the Rosario Islands.The second part of the tour is based in Palomino, where you’ll search for jaguars in the jungles of Tayrona National Park, tube down the Rio Don Diego and kick back with cocktails on the beach.
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