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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.

Easter Island

Tapati Festival

1 - 27 Feb 2019

During the first two weeks of February each year, the whole of Easter Island  comes together for a unique celebration of their culture, involving music, dance and traditional sports. 

The festival has always been organised by the locals for the locals: it is not merely a commercial show put on for tourists.  Nevertheless, visitors are strongly encouraged to attend, and even participate, and if you can arrange your stay to coincide with the festival, it’s certainly an un-missable experience.  

Oruro carnival

Oruro Carnaval

23 Feb - 4 Mar 2019

The Carnival of Oruro is a religious festival, featuring street parades, folk dances, extravagant costumes, local crafts and live music. Originally an indigenous festival, the celebration later was transformed to incorporate a Christian ritual around the Virgin of Candelaria which takes place on 2nd March. 

Mendoza

Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia

25 Feb - 11 Mar 2019

The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (The Grape Harvest National Festival) takes places annually in Mendoza, Argentina. It's a celebration of wine and the winemaking industry and is one of the most important festival in the countries, attracting a large number of visitors to the region. The  main event takes place in the Greek Theater in Mendoza City and features live music, dance and lights - hundreds of actors and dancers display their art in a gigantic show. 

Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

2 - 9 Mar 2019

Rio Carnival is an annual festival held before Lent and is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The carnival parade features floats, dancers wearing colourful costumes and adornments from local samba schools.

Doka Coffee Estate in Costa Rica

Oxcart Drivers Day

10 - 10 Mar 2019

Oxcarts were used in the past to transport coffee from the central valley to the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica. Every year this tradition is celebrated with a colourful parade with the participation of more than 300 oxcart drivers who visit from all over the country.

Chichen Itza

Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza

20 - 20 Mar 2019

Experiencing the spring equinox at Chichén Itzá, Mexico is something unique. The Maya used their astronomy and engineering skills to build the Temple of Kukulcan in a way that late in the afternoon of the spring equinox, a shadow and light phenomenon occurs that depicts a feathered serpent slithering down the steps of the pyramid.

Semana santa

Semana Santa

14 - 20 Apr 2019

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is celebrated all over Latin America but is at its most spectacular in Antigua, Guatemala. The celebrations begin on Palm Sunday and run throughout the Easter weekend and are a visual feast not to be missed.

The streets are carpeted in brightly coloured designs made from sawdust, fruit and flowers depicting the last days of Christ and there are thronging processions of religious floats accompanied by locals dressed in bright purple robes.

Dia de los trabajadores

Labour Day

1 - 1 May 2019

If you are traveling in Latin America on the first day of May, you can expect to find banks, government offices, stores, post offices and businesses closed for the day as people celebrate the Día Internacional Del Trabajo with parades, demonstrations and other symbols of solidarity with the worker.

It is  celebrated in Central America, for example Costa Rica and Panama, and in some parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba. It is also a national holiday in Mexico. In South America, it is observed in countries such as: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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