With the warmth and beauty of late spring in Argentina, to a gastronomic festival and turtle hatching season in Mexico, Latin America is ideal for an easy yet unforgettable escape in November.
1. BUENOS AIRES
WHY Enjoy the warmth of late spring while watching the Open Polo Championships, which take place from mid November, promising to be a spectacular contest between the world’s top polo players. While you’re there, why not delve into the culinary scene by taking a gastronomic tour or cooking class in the chef’s own home. As the sun goes down, don’t forget to catch one of the city’s famous tango shows.
WHY Around El Calafate and El Chalten the weather warms up as summer approaches, so it’s the ideal season for trekking without feeling the real winter freeze. Plus, you can take in the incredible sight of Perito Moreno Glacier at the optimum time to see great chunks of ice come crashing into its surrounding waters.
WHY Make the most of the late spring climate by kayaking, trekking and rafting throughout this beautiful region that encompasses mountains, lakes and forest; the ideal setting for outdoor adventure.
WHY One of the biggest draws of this scenic coastal region is the chance to see southern right whales that come to the bay for shelter from June to November each year, with other marine mammals to spot too, including elephant seals and magellanic penguins.
WHY The summer sun of this tropical region arrives in November but you won’t experience the extreme heat of the height of summer, making this time just right for exploring Iguassu and Misiones rainforest, then getting wet on a boat ride up to the base of the falls, before drying off in the sun.
WHY In this northern Patagonian region, spring is known to be the best time to visit for its warm days and the sheer beauty of the lakes and forest amidst snow-capped mountains. Make the most of the glorious outdoors, with fishing, horseback riding, rafting and trekking.
WHY The extraordinary scenery of Torres del Paine’s dramatic peaks and glacial lagoons is even more appealing in spring as an abundance of flowers and trees blossom. You don’t have the summer crowds to contend with either, as you explore the beautiful surroundings on foot or on horseback
WHY On a November escape to Costa Rica you’ll avoid the busy peak season – which begins in December – and you can enjoy the all-year-round sun of the coast without the rainfall of the wettest season. On the Nicoya Peninsula, November brings a cool breeze in from the pacific as the rains end and the landscape remains lush and green. Visit secluded beaches and trek through rainforest to clifftops with panoramic sea views.
9. MARINO BALLENA NATIONAL PARK
WHY Venture south of Dominical to Marino Ballena National Park for the hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles’ nesting season; a time when the turtles can be seen laying their eggs on the beach at night.
10. PUERTO VALLARTA
WHY The world renowned gastronomic celebration Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival takes place in this Pacific coastal town each year from mid-November. This year is set to be the biggest yet too, in celebration of its 20th year, with a central gourmet village and events taking place at restaurants throughout the area; what better way to experience Mexico’s superb cuisine. Inbetween festival events go sailing, snorkelling, swimming with dolphins, and catch the beginning of the whale watching season.
11. LOS CABOS
WHY To those in-the-know, November is ideal for travelling to Los Cabos, which still benefits from the heat of summer, but is without the crowds of peak season. Explore the coastline on-land, underwater and overwater with activities like cycling, diving and sunset cruises.
12. AREQUIPA AND THE COLCA CANYON
WHY Catch the end of the dry season and make the most of the typically sunny skies by trekking into this extraordinarily deep canyon; known for the condors that fly overhead. Base yourself in the picturesque city of Arequipa and wander through the colonial streets and the maze of convent pathways.
WHY stretching across 1,000 kilometres of coastline, the northern beaches are a popular spot for surfers and fishing enthusiasts who arrive in November for the warmest months of the year. Hop between this string of beaches, with Mancora, Punta Sal and Las Pocitas among them.