The world is so full of amazing destinations to discover that it can often make it difficult to decide where to travel to next.
A group of travel experts from MoneyTransfers.com recently released a new report to help travelers know the best destinations to visit.
The report took in various factors, including the costs of accommodation, food, transportation, the weather, and hours of sunlight to determine the places that offer the best combination for travelers.
It was discovered that these are the top South American cities to visit this summer:
Medellín was named the best holiday spot and one of the most underrated in the world.
It is known as the City of Eternal Spring, which means you can travel there at any time of year. However, the months of July and August are an ideal time to visit.
The quantity of rain decreases during these months, and the average temperature is around 73°F (22.7°C). August is Medellín’s sunniest month of the year, with long 10-hour days of sunshine. It’s also the time of the lowest humidity and pleasant cool evenings.
Summer in Medellín is the perfect time to spend your days outdoors exploring the city, eating delicious food, and taking in festival sights.
During the last week of July, the city is host to Latin America’s biggest Fashion Week offering visitors a chance to view exhibitions, attend runway shows and after-parties, as well as discover local designers.
One of Medellín’s most important cultural events is the Feria de las Flores, or Flower Festival, which runs every year from July to August.
During this time, the city is filled with floral displays, activities, and the famous silleteros parade which contains huge flower arrangement floats carried on the backs of local growers.
People from all over the globe travel to Medellín to see these spectacular displays and partake in the free event.
The event is not only about the flowers, you can find other activities throughout the city at this time too, such as musical concerts, dance shows, and food markets.
Medellín is a city that should be included on your bucket list for its affordability, cultural activities, and amazing food.
The city has much to offer: from its architecture and museums, to beautiful gardens like the Jardin Botanico, to its variety of dining options, vibrant nightlife, and enthusiastic soccer culture.
One of the best ways to experience the city is to take a ride on the urban cable cars. The gondolas offer amazing views for only around $2.
The most popular route brings visitors up to Comuna 13, an instagrammable neighborhood with street art and local performances.
While Medellín is generally safe for tourists, there are things everyone needs to know about staying safe while visiting.
These are essentially the same tips you should know of wherever you travel, such as being aware of your surroundings, not going out at night alone, and keeping any expensive belongings in your hotel safe.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro comes in as the second-best city to visit this summer. Travel demand for Brazil is skyrocketing, and it has become one of South America’s fastest-growing destinations.
If you’re looking to get away and enjoy some of Brazil’s most popular tourist places, Summer is the perfect time to visit.
Traveling to Rio de Janeiro in July and August usually means lower temperatures, not much rain, and smaller crowds. With comfortable highs in the upper 70s (21°C) and mainly bright sunny days, it’s the best time to explore the city.
Since this is considered low season, you can find discounts on travel and accommodation and experience popular attractions with less of a crowd.
Copacabana Beach is one of Rio’s most famous spots known for its white sand beaches against the backdrop of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer.
Even though locals would consider this time of year “winter”, the beach and water remains warm by North American standards, making it an ideal time for a relaxing beach trip.
Another reason Summer is the best season to visit Rio de Janeiro is for Rio Gastonomia, Brazil’s most important food festival, held every year in August.
It brings together the city’s best chefs and food trucks, educational workshops for the public and musical attractions. It’s the perfect spot to sample Brazil’s famous fermented sugar cane drink, Cachaça.
For the more athletic-minded traveler, you can also partake in Rio’s annual half-marathon, which occurs in mid-August each year.
Or take a tour of one of the world’s most famous stadiums, Maracanã, and stay for a game. Tours are only $11 USD per person, while a game costs around $19 USD
Until October, Americans and Canadians do not need a visa to visit Brazil, making this summer the perfect time to travel there.
After October, visitors will need to apply for a Brazilian Visitor Visa (or VIVIS), which will cost $160 USD and allow tourists to stay for a period of up to 90 days.
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