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Why Winter Is The Perfect Time To Visit This Bucket List Worthy South American Destination

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The end of the year is just over the horizon, and with 2024 approaching we're all imagining the goals we want to accomplish and the new places we want to journey to. 

Global tourism is having a big moment, but rising costs, increasing crowds, and the dozens of options can make choosing your next destination difficult. 

Most of us are already looking past the holidays and laying down plans for our late winter escapes to sunnier destinations. 

So, where are the best travel spots for the rest of winter? 

Woman looking at a lake in Peru

The diverse and colorful country Peru is one of our top picks for an affordable and exciting getaway.

It's A Budget Friendly Option

Amongst all the discouraging talk of the rising price of basically everything, we have some good news. 

The increase of low-cost carriers has grown the competition in the airline industry, leading experts to expect a drop in international airfares for 2024. 

Industry leader American Express Global Business Travel recently released forecasts on ticket prices for next year based on their extensive market data. 

According to these predictions, North American economy tickets to South America are expected to fall by a whopping 6.5%. 

Scoring a cheap flight can drastically reduce the overall cost of your trip. 

sunrise rays at Machu Picchu Peru

Aside from lower airfare, Peru is a good budget choice because the country is currently in its off-season. 

This means you can expect lower prices on accommodation and tours in certain regions, specifically the popular Sacred Valley. 

On the whole, Peru is generally a more cost-effective choice than its European counterparts, with accommodation costing typically under $50 a night and meals coming in at under $20. 

Spending will vary of course based on your personal preferences, but overall Peru is a solid choice for travelers looking to get more for less.

Two Llamas Chilling In Front Of Peruvian Mountain View

Fewer Crowds At Machu Picchu

While you will need to prepare for the possibility of trail closures due to safety from heavy rain, this season can offer unique benefits for those dreaming of Andes hikes and ancient ruins.

Machu Picchu is one of the most in demand tourist attractions in the world, and the number of daily tourist allowances was just recently increased.

If you’re blessed with good weather, or don’t mind hiking in the rain, you’ll get to experience the famous site and treks with far fewer crowds. 

There's also something magical about seeing this surreal world heritage site with the added atmosphere of clouds and fog.

Machu Picchu, Incan Heritage Site Near Cusco, Peru, South America

Picture Perfect Weather In Coastal Region

Peru’s diverse terrain and large size result in the country having multiple climates. 

While November to March is the rainy season in the highlands, the coast experiences summer. 

January and February are actually the best months of the year to catch sunny weather and peak surfing conditions in Lima and Máncora. 

The coastal regions' clear skies and glittering beaches would surely be a welcome break for those of us plowing through the depths of winter.

Lima Peru Coast and Buildings At Sunset

Seasonal Cultural Festivities

Peru attracts so many visitors partially because of its colorful, festive culture and traditions..

Late winter brings an abundance of cultural holidays and celebrations, giving you a glimpse into authentic Peruvian culture and local life.

Trujillo Marinera Festival occurs in the northern village of Trujillo all throughout January. This unique celebration of dance is known for its dance competitions, colorful parades, and showcasing of  Peruvian Paso horses.

February is the time of the epic Fiesta de la Candelaria, Peru’s largest and most iconic festival. 

This dynamic, ongoing carnival-style celebration is one of the most renowned in South America, second only to Rio De Janeiro's carnival. 

Festival Dancers In Puno, Peru

Rainy Season Provides Opportunity For Jungle Exploration

While visiting a country during its rainy season can seem counterintuitive, this weather can bring travelers unique benefits. 

Specifically, the heavy rain raises river waters in the Amazon, making boat tours possible.

The rain transforms the country into a lush green oasis, and budding fruit and lower tourist numbers make this time of year great for viewing wildlife.

Female Walking Through A Jungle In Costa Rica, Central America

Is Peru Safe To Visit?

Although it's worth mentioning the U.S. State Department recently placed the country under a level 2 travel advisory, this destination is generally considered safe for tourists. 

Like any major city, travelers should be aware of the risk of pickpockets and remain aware of their surroundings, using common sense. 

We recommend staying in the know regarding unsafe regions and local news developments, but you definitely shouldn’t let safety concerns discourage you from visiting this incredible country.

Rainbow Mountains Peru

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