Summer in the Northern Hemisphere Means Great Traveling Weather in the Southern Hemisphere

We love Peru in the summer! Well, their winter, that is. From May to September, Peru shines with clear, sunny days, chilly evenings (particularly at high elevations) and little to no rainfall. If you plan to do any trekking, including the Inca Trail, these are the best months for it. Considering the Amazon rainforest? The mosquitoes are fewer in number this time of year and much of the wildlife tends to come out near the river. 

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Consider these other Peru destinations for your summer travel plans:

  • Lima, for architecture, history and culture

  • Cusco, for colonial architectural treasures

  • Sacred Valley, for visiting local markets and soaking up Peruvian culture

  • Machu Picchu, for an epic journey to this ancient Inca City

  • Puno & Lake Titicaca, for sparkling blue water, islands and indigenous villages

  • Rainbow Mountains, for a naturally Technicolor experience

  • Arequipa, for the UNESCO World Heritage Site city center

  • Nazca, for marveling at the mysterious Nazca Lines

  • Paracas/Ballestas Islands, for sea lions, pelicans, penguins and dolphins

Get the Inside Track on Indonesia This Summer 

If trekking through the jungles of Indonesia is high on your list, head there in the summer months. May, June and September are among the driest months in the region, with daily temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The islands won’t be as crowded or as pricey as they are in July and August, it’ll be less humid overall and the days will be sunny and clear. 

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Consider these top Indonesia destinations for your summer travel plans:

  • Java, for temples, hot springs and volcanoes

  • Bali, for diving and surfing

  • Borneo, for orangutans and turtles 

Endless Summer in Southern Africa 

Spend May to September (winter in this region) discovering the riches of Southern Africa, from Cape Town to Chobe National Park. This is a fantastic time for game-viewing in Kruger, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and KwaZulu-Natal. Another bonus: From June to November, you can see whales along South Africa’s Whale Coast (highest numbers in September).

Photo Credit: Susan Tuckey, Penguins2PolarBears

Consider these top Southern Africa destinations for your summer travel plans:

  • Cape Town, for hiking, picnicking and penguins at Boulders Beach

  • Victoria Falls, for less spray and excellent visibility of the falls

  • National Parks (Kruger, Chobe, Hwange and Etosha and Okavango Delta), for excellent game viewing around watering holes 

Summer Shines in Switzerland

While summertime (July to August) is peak season in Switzerland, if you head off the beaten path, you’ll encounter fewer crowds and more of that invigorating alpine goodness. Set your sights on the Jungfrau region and Interlaken. Hop aboard the scenic Bernina Express or Glacier Express, capture Matterhorn views from the Gornergrat Cog Railway and tackle the world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus. And don’t miss the chance to visit the highest railway station of all, at the top of Jungfrau Mountain.

Ready to make summer plans? Let’s chat.