Print this trip dossier

Journey Latin America asks you to accept cookies for performance and social media purposes. We use cookies on our website to personalise content, evaluate website traffic and enhance performance. You can delete or restrict cookies via your web browser. To get more information about these cookies and the processing of your personal data see our Cookie Policy. Do you accept these cookies and the processing of personal data involved? Find out more


Where should we travel in December?

Ask our Experts

My husband and I are planning to go to South America this year over Christmas/New Year for 2-3 weeks. Where do you recommend? We like outdoorsy stuff but would also appreciate some lazing around and also culture stuff. Argentina? Chile?

Asked by Rebecca W

Christmas and New Year would be a great time to travel to Argentina and Chile, particularly if you would like to visit Patagonia – an ideal destination for the outdoor activities you mention that you enjoy.

Patagonia offers world-class trekking in stunning mountain scenery as well as visits to enormous glaciers where you can even try ice-trekking, while horse riding is another great way to enjoy the outdoors (a popular option is to stay in a rustic but very comfortable lodge, where you can ride with the gauchos). The more alpine scenery of the north of Patagonia, known as the lake district, is very different to the dramatic south but equally beautiful and offers yet more outdoor options.

For culture, you will love Buenos Aires, my favourite city! You can take a look at my 48-hour guide to Buenos Aires for a bit more information.

And then for some relaxation you could also stay in a vineyard outside Mendoza in Argentina, or Santiago in Chile. The food and wine is a real treat, and the majority of vineyards have bikes you can borrow to explore the countryside by yourselves.

Another place I could recommend is the Atacama Desert in Chile, where you could make a side-trip to see the incredible landscapes of desert, geysers and salt plains.

It’s also easy to combine Argentina with some time on the beach. For example the island of Florianópolis in Brazil is only a short flight away and has too many great beaches to count - plus Brazil would also add a different cultural note to the trip. Then again if you prefer not to travel so far, you can easily reach the great beaches of Uruguay with just a short journey by catamaran and road. As it is high season though it may be difficult to find a hotel in Punta del Este that doesn’t have a long minimum stay because the resort town is very popular with the Argentinean jet-set pack – if you would like to look into this option, enquire online and I will see if we can find some availability.

I hope this will give you some ideas!


Lina

Answered by Lina Fuller
Travel Consultants


See more questions

Other holidays you may be interested in

Costa Rica

Signature Costa Rica: The natural highlights

Private journey

14 days from £3,476pp

Mexico

Self-drive Mexico: Colonial cities to Pacific coast

Private journey

12 days from £3,138pp

Cotinga: Off the beaten track Nicaragua

Group tour

18 days from £2,868pp

Hut with flag Lake Titicaca

Value Peru: Sacred Valley of the Incas to Lake Titicaca

Private journey

12 days from £1,937pp

Sign up to our newsletter

Sign up to our twice monthly newsletter and be the first to know about our latest news, offer and competitions.

Thank you for sign up

Error for sign up

Share this Page

Social share page will open in new window

Send a friend

reCaptcha_try_again

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/travel-inspiration/ask-the-experts/Travelling-in-December

Page ID: {E415C2BE-D028-4D9A-83F1-F984EEBA4BC1}

Page Name: Travelling-in-December

Page Display Name: Where should we travel in December?

Page Template Name: T034-AskOurExpertsAnswer

Page Template ID: {108B3AF7-CED2-4834-92DF-FB83BE69FEDC}

Parent ID: {B7800E07-1670-4345-BD8E-1F2B8E46DD37}

Parent Name: ask-the-experts

Parent Display Name: Ask the Experts

Parent Template Name: T032-PapagaioAskExpertHome

Parent Template ID: {51B2C246-1C04-4079-97A8-91BFA37DD540}