While some travelers embrace the summer sunshine and warmth of tropical islands, others prefer the cool, fresh air of winter and the many incredible adventures that await south of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere’s best destinations. Escape the crowded streets of Europe or the sweltering heat of the Northern Hemisphere’s sun-baked sands this summer and head for the following four best destinations for winter lovers to explore the welcoming cultures and unique adventures during the exciting, refreshing months.
Peru is a treasure trove of wonders ranging from beaches in the north to the remarkable Lake Titicaca in the south. Winter in Peru provides cool temperatures, which you can indulge in by the sands along the western seaboard or venture deep into the fascinating, dense biosphere of the Amazon Rainforest. Winter is also the best time of year to visit the famous Incan cities high in the Andes. The dry months between May to October provide the perfect weather for traversing the cobblestone streets, Andean culture, and preserved Incan and Spanish colonial architecture located upwards of more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
Things to See and Do: Tour the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu | Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca | Explore the Amazon Rainforest | Sandboard in Huacachina
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New Zealand provides the perfect getaway from summer crowds while also offering an incredible destination for snowbirds that cannot wait until winter in the Northern Hemisphere to hit the slopes. The Southern Alps divide New Zealand’s South Island with over 310 miles of rippling, towering summits capped with snow for some of the finest snowboarding and skiing excursions in the Southern Hemisphere and around the world. If skiing the slopes of the South Island does not capture your imagination of the winter getaway in summer, New Zealand also hosts numerous hot springs perfect for relaxing in the great outdoors.
Things to See and Do: Snowboard in the Southern Alps | Cruise around the fiords of Milford Sound | Relax in the Hanmer hot springs | Whale watch off Kaikoura
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South Africa in winter lets you beat the heat in the famous savannas across the country, such as Kruger National Park. The mild weather and decreased rainfall make wildlife viewing exceptional by thinning the bush for improved visibility during an unforgettable safari. Shorter grasses and fewer waterholes or rivers also encourage the animals to congregate in concentrated areas. Those who prefer the sea to the land will relish whale watching and share cage diving during South Africa’s high season for migrating whales and great white sharks. The wine regions are also brimming with life in winter, and snow powders the Ceres Mountains.
Things to See and Do: Safari in the Kruger National Park | Taste prestigious wines in Stellenbosch | Shark cage dive in Mossel Bay | Stargaze in Sutherland
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Winter in Fiji is the best time to experience the islands’ compelling beaches, sensational jungles, and captivating cultural history. The water remains continuously warm and the weather in winter averages between 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter keeps the storms at bay and fewer crowds provide a more authentic adventure or the chance for a relaxing getaway. With more than 300 islands associated with the tropical archipelago, your time in Fiji’s winter paradise lets you soak in therapeutic mud pools, raft down whitewater winding between untouched rainforest trees, or dive into the clear South Pacific waters to swim with sharks.
Things to See and Do: Hike through the forest of Taveuni | Soak in the islands’ mud pools | Snorkel the islands’ coral reefs | Partake in traditional Fiji ceremonies
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From skiing down the snowy slopes of New Zealand’s Southern Alps to sipping on world-class wines overlooking the cascading emerald vineyards of Stellenbosch, find inspiration for your perfect winter trip. Want to start planning your next vacation? Speak with a travel specialist today by completing a Trip Request or calling us on 1-888-265-9707.