10Best Tries Southern Hemisphere Summer

  • Gold Coast

    Soak up the Sun in Australia

    If the cold is getting you down this winter, Australia might be just what you need. Come surf the beaches of the Gold Coast, dive the Great Barrier Reef or go on a walkabout in the Australian Outback for a healthy dose of vitamin D.

    Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia Copyright

  • Machu Picchu

    Hike Through History in Peru

    Tackling the trails of Peru from December through April means a few afternoons of rain, but with that moisture comes empty trails, verdant hills and plenty of flowers in bloom. Take advantage of the warm weather with a day at one of Lima's beaches or take a walking tour of its historic landmarks.

    Photo courtesy of dann toliver

  • Iguazu Falls


    During Argentina's summer months, Buenos Aires locals head to the beach, leaving the city quiet and traffic-free. For travelers heading into the wilds of Patagonia, summer means longer days and warmer temperatures. If you visit during late winter, you may catch Argentina's Carnaval, a smaller, more manageable affair than the one in Brazil.

    Photo courtesy of SF Brit

  • Addo Elephant Park in Eastern Cape

    South Africa

    South Africans flock to the beaches for surfing and sunning during December, January and February. If you're aiming to cross a safari off your bucket list, summer in South Africa means full watering holes, lush greenery, newborn animals and migratory birds settling in for the season.

    Photo courtesy of South Africa Tourism

  • Biking the wine trail

    New Zealand

    With the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there's no better time to visit the original trilogy's filming locations in New Zealand. Rub elbows with Kiwi families on the countries fabulous beaches or visit Central Otago to see the blooming lupines and munch on fresh cherries and apricots

    Photo courtesy of Ian Trafford – New Zealand Tourism

  • Puerto Varas


    Chile is such a long country that its climates run the gamut, so there's something for everyone in terms of weather. Expect sizzling heat in the north and cool, pleasant temperatures in Patagonia, but the real bonus for travelers coming to Chile during summer is Santiago. Most locals will be vacationing elsewhere, so you'll have clear air and reduced hotel rates.

    Photo courtesy of Hosteria Outsider

  • Bali, Indonesia


    Many of Indonesia's prime attractions, such as beautiful Bali, sit close enough to the equator to enjoy a moderate climate throughout the year. Since high season falls in the somewhat cooler months of June, July and August, vacationing to Indonesia during December and January will mean fewer travelers to contend with. If it gets too hot, there's always a beach nearby.

    Photo courtesy of didiz rushdi

  • Giant penguins


    Summer is a relative term in Antarctica. Whether or not you're a fan of winter temperatures and lots of snow, Antarctica's summer is the best time – really the only time – to pay a visit to the far south of the globe. December and January enjoy the longest days and warmest temperatures, but February and March are the best months for whale-watching.

    Photo courtesy of Anne Fröhlich

  • Rio de Janeiro


    Summer in Brazil is all about beaches and Carnival. If you don't want to deal with the hordes of people on Rio's Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches, consider an expedition into the Amazon, where temperatures remain hot and humid throughout the year.

    Photo courtesy of *Crazy Diamond*

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