Best Time to Visit South America

Seasons and Weather

There is no such thing as a bad time to visit South America. Given the size of the continent, it should come as little surprise that at any point in the year there are a number of different climates in action. Generally speaking, the closer to the equator a country is (Ecuador and Peru, for example) the more consistently warm it is, and the higher the altitude of a city, the colder it will be. It is also important to remember that the seasons in South America are the reverse of that in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that summer falls between December and February and winter between June and August.

Man jumping over salt flats in Bolivia - South America Tours - On The Go Tours
Spring is a good time to visit the Salar de Uyuni in South America

Spring in South America

The weather during spring (September to November), as with all the seasons, greatly depends on where in South America you are travelling. In the northern part of the continent the weather will be hot and there will be less rainfall during this period of the year. This is an excellent time to visit the Amazon rainforest as it is off peak and therefore much less crowded and the lighter rainfall means fewer mosquitoes and that more trails will be accessible. It is also a good time to explore Bolivia and the famous salt flats as they will be dry enough to explore fully but temperatures won’t be too cold. This is also a good time to visit the Galapagos Islands as rainfall is at a minimum, temperatures are reasonable and much of the island’s wildlife is active.

Thinking of visiting South America? Download a copy of our Latin America brochure for inspiration.

Top South America Deals
The floating Uros Islands | Lake Titicaca | Peru Amazon, Incas & Titicaca - 14 days Map
02 Nov 2019  25% off
Amazon, Incas & Titicaca - 14 days
USD $3,521
was $4,695
Panoramic view of Machu Picchu | Peru | South America Machu Picchu by Train - 8 days Map
02 Nov 2019  25% off
Machu Picchu by Train - 8 days
USD $2,696
was $3,595
Aerial view of the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca  | Peru | South America Amazon, Trek & Titicaca - 14 days Map
02 Nov 2019  20% off
Amazon, Trek & Titicaca - 14 days
USD $3,996
was $4,995
Hacienda Concepcion by Inkaterra canoe excursion in the Amazon | Peru | South America Amazon & Inca Trail - 11 days Map
02 Nov 2019  20% off
Amazon & Inca Trail - 11 days
USD $3,196
was $3,995
Torres del Paine National Park | Chile | South America Patagonia Adventurer - 23 Days Map
04 Nov 2019  15% off
Patagonia Adventurer - 23 Days
USD $1,891
was $2,225
Trekking in the Andes | Peru | South America Machu Picchu &  Lake Titicaca - 12 Days Map
05 Nov 2019  15% off
Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 12 Days
USD $918
was $1,080
Cusco to Santiago Overlander - 32 Days Map
05 Nov 2019  15% off
Cusco to Santiago Overlander - 32 Days
USD $2,206
was $2,595
Atacama, Salt Flats & Gauchos - 21 Days Map
16 Nov 2019  15% off
Atacama, Salt Flats & Gauchos - 21 Days
USD $1,339
was $1,575
A beach in Tayrona National Park | Colombia | South America Colombia to Ecuador Explorer - 19 Days Map
17 Nov 2019  15% off
Colombia to Ecuador Explorer - 19 Days
USD $1,177
was $1,385
Peruvian ladies in the Andes | Peru | South America Footsteps of the Incas - 17 Days Map
17 Nov 2019  15% off
Footsteps of the Incas - 17 Days
USD $1,092
was $1,285
Trails to Titicaca - 22 Days Map
17 Nov 2019  15% off
Trails to Titicaca - 22 Days
USD $1,679
was $1,975
The best time to visit Iguazu Falls in Brazil is between December & March Brazil & Argentina Adventure - 19 Days Map
08 Jan 2020  15% off
Brazil & Argentina Adventure - 19 Days
USD $1,237
was $1,455