Latin America: The Best Destinations For Some Winter Sun

Written by
Jennifer Richt

If spending cold months at home isn't quite your thing, Latin America is a great choice for some winter sun.

Latin America's summer runs from January to March and offers plenty of opportunity for travellers to retreat to sun-soaked beaches. Vibrant cities and stunning mountains are also an integral part of Latin American summers.

Here's our experts pick of the very best destinations for some winter sun in Latin America.

Get active outdoors
Argentinian Lake District
Get underwater
Ambergris Caye
Get a tan
Fernando de Noronha

1) The Lake District, Argentina

At just the right time for the region’s best climate, make the most of the plethora of outdoor pursuits on offer; mountain biking, hiking, fishing and boat trips are all ideal ways to explore the picturesque mountains, forest, lakes and rivers. This is the ideal escape for both active travellers and animal lovers alike.


Estancia Peuma Hue enhances each visitor’s experience of the region, with unforgettable days spent horseback riding while exploring the idyllic surroundings.


2) Ambergris Caye, Belize

During the dry season, travel to Belize‘s Ambergris Caye to savour island life and the warm Caribbean sea. The island is perhaps best known for its outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving, due to its proximity to the world’s second largest reef. For a truly exclusive stay, head to the luxury resort Cayo Espanto – situated on its own private island – where the private villas, infinity pool and spa are ideal for couples.

scuba diver Great Belize Reef

On Ambergris Caye, El Secreto Belize would keep the whole family happy with watersports, trips to nearby ruins and the famous Great Blue Hole, among the many activities on offer.

Infinitiy Dock, El Secreto Belize, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

3) Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

This stunning archipelago is situated a couple of hundred miles off Brazil’s northeast coast, affording unsurpassable diving opportunities. Dolphins and turtles are the star of the show, but by diving and snorkelling you’ll see the whole array of tropical marine life that inhabits the surrounding waters.

Baia do Sancho, Pousada Maravilha, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Then on land, explore by hiking across the archipelago’s pristine islands. Pousada Maravilha is the islands’ most luxurious hotel, with private villas and an infinity pool.

Copia de 3 futons, Pousada Maravilha, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Sunset behind mountains in Rio de Janeiro with water reflection, Brazil

4) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Surrounded by mountains and emerald forest, and boasting long stretches of white-sand coast – including the iconic beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro is an appealing destination all-year-round.


Aside from visiting Rio’s famous sites, don’t miss the chance to soak up Brazilian culture, music and dance – best experienced during the city’s world famous carnival that takes place each February.

Tierra Atacama pool, Atacama Desert, Chile

5) The Atacama Desert, Chile

One of the most other-worldly landscapes, not just in Chile but anywhere in the world, this is a great time to explore this arid and dramatic desert in the far north of Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama Chile

Stay at one of the region’s luxury lodges such as Alto Atacama (one of our favourites) and head out on horseback, on foot, by mountain bike, in a 4WD vehicle or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, soar over the desert in a hot air balloon.

Horses, Tierra Atacama, the Atacama Desert, Chile
Cocora valley, Colombia

6) The Coffee Triangle, Colombia

Encompassing Caldas, Risaralda and Quindio, Colombia‘s coffee triangle is a verdant green landscape of mountains, valleys, coffee plantations and tropical Andean forest, with towering wax palms and traditional Colombian haciendas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site can be explored on foot or on horseback, with a hacienda such as Sazagua as your base.

hummingbird, bird on the flower, cocora valley, colombia

This luxurious lodging enjoys its own spa and pool, alongside the chance to experience authentic hacienda life and take part in excursions like hiking, kayaking and canopy ziplining.

Cocora Valley, Colombia
Costa Rica Corcovado Jungle Sunset

7) Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Widely known as one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, this remote location is the setting for 105,000 acres of lush primary rainforest, with the greatest variety of tree species on earth, mammals such as capuchins and jaguars, and an incredible abundance of birdlife. Go snorkelling and diving and spot the surrounding water’s humpback whales and dolphins.

Scarlet Macaw, Corcovado, Costa Rica

Make the most of the dry months by hiking along nature trails, seeking out wildlife and exploring the pristine beaches. Kuraz Design Villas is an ultra stylish and sustainable rainforest retreat that’s ideal for couples, while Lapa Rios is superb for family trips, with its generous offering of activities and excursions.

Beach Lapa Rios Costa Rica

8) The Amazon, Ecuador

Amidst astounding wilderness, the Amazon river contains as much as one fifth of the world’s fresh water, and the rainforest and waterways are home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna species, all vying for space.

Boat on the river, Sunset, La Selva Lodge, The Amazon, Ecuador

In a remote spot of this wilderness is the luxurious La Selva Ecolodge: your base for jungle expeditions, river cruises and canoe rides.

Terrace, La Selva Ecolodge, The Amazon, Ecuador
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, surrounded by mountains

9) Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Formed many thousands of years ago by volcanic eruption, this tranquil lake sits amongst dramatic volcanic landscape, fertile farmland and coffee plantations, with authentic Mayan villages to visit for an insight into Guatemalan heritage. Many people come here for its offering of outdoor pursuits, such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking on the lake.

Boats on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Laguna Lodge is a distinctive boutique eco resort that’s situated right on the lake’s shores within its own national park, offering activities that range from yoga and pilates to paragliding and rock-climbing.

Bar, Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Tulum, Mexico

10) Tulum, Mexico

This coastline’s white-sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean sea are backed by black and grey granite cliffs and the clifftop Mayan seaport town of Tulum, which overlooks the coast. Once a fortress and small city-state of the Mayan Empire, Tulum has tales to tell of this fascinating era, as well as a wildlife rich coastline.

The pool at Be Tulum, Mexico

Encantada Hotel is a top choice for families with its beachfront cabanas and range of watersports and excursions, while the ultra stylish boutique hotel BE Tulum would appeal to couples, with romantic dining and a spa, as well as active and cultural excursions.


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