Visiting South America is an exciting prospect with its vibrant, passionate culture, the music, dancing and fabulous beaches. The continent has some of the worlds most exciting cities, rainforests, jungles and mountains.
1. Rio de Janeiro
Every day feels like a carnival in Rio de Janeiro, you are never far from the pulse of the samba. Situated between glorious beaches and lush mountains it’s a perfect place for a lively holiday.
The weather never gets cold in Rio, the rainy season is from October to January and temperatures can drop to 23C. The humid climate reaches 28C in the summer.
The airport in Rio serves flights from all of Latin America, Brazil, and beyond. Long distance buses depart from Novo Rio Rodoviaria.
Getting around the city can be a little uncomfortable on the often crowded buses. For a cooler option try the air-conditioned subway which covers part of the city.
1.3 Attractions & Events
- Unforgettable costumes, dancing and body painting are paraded through the streets for the famous five-day Carnaval. This event starts on the Friday before Ash Wednesday.
- Throughout June is the Fiestas Junina, which takes place in public squares in the city.
- Festa de Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro is celebrated with street parades and stalls on 15 August.
- Each Sunday in October the religious festival Festa da Penha takes place.
2. São Paulo
São Paulo is Brazil’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. There are many attractions for the visitor to enjoy including the art and culture, fine restaurants and pulsating nightlife.
There are three airports in São Paulo: Congonhas for domestic and São Paulo/Guarulhos both for domestic and international flights. To avoid the congested streets the subway is a great option. There is a bus service but this can be crowded and uncomfortable.
The city receives most rain during the summer months, although generally the weather is sunny and warm all year.
2.3 Attractions & Events
- In June the hot fashions are on show during So Paulo’s Fashion Week, the same month brings the huge gay celebration Gay Pride.
- In October sports fan can enjoy the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix
3. Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires has an old style European feel with its boulevards, cafés, and architecture. But you’ll quickly find it also has a trendy chic side and a population that makes flair into an art form. And as home of the tango, the city has an irresistible allure.
The city’s two airports known as Ezeiza & Aeroparque serve as an important hub for the southern region of South America. There is a bus service which connects the city with both airports.
The efficient underground called Subte makes traveling around the city easy. You can also use the bus service 24 hours a day. Most of the tourist attractions are situated close to one another so walking is also an option.
The best time to visit is during Spring and Autumn as the summer can be scorching up to 40C and the winters are cold. You will see some rain although its not generally heavy.
3.3 Attractions & Events
- Dancing is a popular celebration, the Buenos Aires Tango festival is held during February and March.
- To celebrate Latin American literature the book fair The Feria del Libro takes place every April.
- Campeonato Abierto Argentino de Polo takes place in December.