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Events

Monarch Butterflies

1 Oct 2018 - 28 Feb 2019

Each year approximately 250 million orange and black Monarch butterflies travel for distances as great as 3,100 miles in order to avoid the freezing cold temperatures in Canada and the north of the USA. Millions of these monarchs spend their winter in the Pineridges Mountains of Michoacan state, Mexico, where they cluster together by the thousands. This is a spectacle of nature not to be missed.

Antartic Circle

Antarctic summer

31 Oct 2018 - 2 Mar 2019

Cruising around Antarctica is only possible between late October to early March. During the Antarctic summer there are long hours of daylight. The sun tints the ice from an extraordinary palette of pink, crimson and violet. The sheer scale of Antarctica overwhelms: towering ice walls, giant tabular icebergs, and rugged snow-streaked mountains. At this time of year, the theatre of wildlife in the Antarctic is ever-changing –- birds court and mate in November, give birth to their young in December/January and fledge and despatch them in February. The beaches teem with seals and penguins, and the icy sea is home to orca, minke, killer and grey whales.

Fiesta Chichicacastenango

Fiesta de Santo Tomas

13 - 21 Dec 2018

The Fiesta de Santo Tomas takes place over the seven days leading up to St Thomas’s Day on December 21, and is arguably one of the biggest and best annual events in Central America. Held in the relatively remote highland town of Chichicastenango, the festival combines Catholic and native Mayan traditions in a series of unique dances, processions and live music.

Central Oaxaca

La Noche de Rabanos

23 - 23 Dec 2018

La Noche de Rábanos or `Radish Night' is one of the most unique folk art festivals in the world and takes place every December 23rd in Oaxaca. Three days before the festival, artists begin carving their freshly dug radishes, spraying them constantly with water to maintain freshness. On the night of the competition, artisans display their ornate and lovingly created radish sculptures, ranging from representations of small animals and human figures to grand dioramas of the Nativity.

Santuranticuy Festival

24 - 24 Dec 2018

Hundreds of artisans gather to sell traditional carved Nativity figures and saints’ images on Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru.

Silvia Market

Cali Fair

25 - 30 Dec 2018

Each Christmas Cali enjoys the rich festival programme of one of Colombia's most renowned national events, the Cali Fair (Feria de Cali). The city is the salsa capital of Colombia, so there's plenty of lively Latin-American dancing. Unlike the many large Latin city fairs which concentrate on livestock, this event focuses on parties and parades. Salsa is not exclusively a Cuban phenomenon and Colombia has a well-established hip-shaking scene.

Christmas in Mexico City

Christmas

25 - 25 Dec 2018

Christmas in Latin America is not just celebrated on Christmas day but weeks in advance. It's a time for family gatherings and homemade cooking along with mass services and fireworks.

New Year in Rio de Janeiro

New Years Eve in Rio de Janeiro

31 - 31 Dec 2018

The tradition Révellion bonfire show in Copacabana beach with millions of eager onlookers dressed in the traditional white, is a staple image shown across the world in the New Year.

Panama City

Panama Jazz Festival

14 - 19 Jan 2019

Panama Jazz Festival was founded in 2003 by Panamanian Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Pérez. The festival offers a week of master classes by some of the finest institutions in the field and attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

Cartagena

Hay Festival Cartagena - Colombia

24 - 27 Jan 2019

Hay Festival is an annual literature festival hosted in different cities and countries in the world, modeled after the original festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. 

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