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    Argentina

    The Countries of South America and When to Visit

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    Capital: Buenos Aires

    Argentina entices culture and dance enthusiasts with the tango, adventure travelers with its mountains and glaciers, and gourmands with its steak and renowned wines. 

    When to go: 

    • Buenos Aires – Any time
    • Iguazu Falls – Winter or spring
    • Patagonia – Summer
    • The Andes for skiing – Winter

    High season is January and February.

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    Bolivia

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    Capital: Sucre

    Bolivia is most famous for its photogenic salt flat landscape — the Salar de Uyuni — and for being inexpensive to visit. Expect colorful markets and colonial architecture, and don't miss the sprawling Lake Titicaca. 

    When to go: 

    • Altiplano – Winter
    • Lowlands and rainforest – April to October

    Avoid the rainy season in the lowlands between November to March.

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    Brazil

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    Capital: Brasilia

    When to go:

    • Cities – Any time
    • Carnaval – In February
    • Amazon – Avoid rainy season between November to May

    High season is​ from November to April.

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    Chile

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    Capital: Santiago ​

    When to go:

    • Northern Chile – Any time, November is best
    • Middle Chile – September to February
    • Southern Chile – December to March
    • Easter Island and Juan Fernandez – March

    High season is January to February and July and August for skiing.

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    Colombia

    The Countries of South America and When to Visit

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    Capital: Bogotá 

    When to go:

    • The dry season in December to March in the mountains
    • December to April and July to September on the coast

    High season is December to February.

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    Ecuador

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    Capital: Quito

    When to go:

    • Galapagos – January to April is hot and humid; tour boats docked in September and October
    • Coast – Avoid rainy season
    • Quito and highlands – Any time of year
    • Amazon – Avoid rainy season 

    Rainy season is December to May. High season is December to February.

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    Falkland Islands

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    Capital: Stanley

    When to go:

    • October to March

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    French Guiana

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    Capital: Cayenne 

    When to go:

    • Rainy season is January to June, heaviest rain in May
    • Travel between July to December
    • High season is February Carnival

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    Guyana

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    Capital: Georgetown

    When to go:

    • Travel in the interior is best in the dry season

    Best time is mid-October to mid-May, after rainy seasons ending in late January and late August.

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    Paraguay

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    Capital: Asunción

    When to go:

    • Rainy season in December to April with frequent flooding in the southeast
    • Very hot between October and March
    • Dry season travel (June to August) is easier

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    Peru

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    Capital: Lima

    When to go:

    • Lima – Avoid foggy time from June to December
    • Coastal desert – Any time of year
    • Andes – Avoid rainy periods between October to April
    • Rainforest – Hot and humid all year; avoid January to April

    High season is from May to September.

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    Suriname

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    Capital: Paramaribo

    When to go:

    • Rainy season is April to July and December through January
    • Best times are mid-August to early December

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    Uruguay

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    Capital: Montevideo

    When to go:

    • Best time to visit is mid-October to late March; be prepared for heat and humidity

    High season is January and February.

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    Venezuela

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    Capital: Caracas

    When to go:

    • The dry season is December to April but May to October is still nice and prices are lower

    High season is Christmas, February Carnival, and Easter.