WHEN TO GO: AUGUST
Machu picchu without the crowds
The Inca trail reopens after closing for its yearly maintenance whilst the weather is not conducive for walking tourism. This means the site is pristine and you can explore the site in relative peace. Either hike the Inca trail or travel in style taking in the atmosphere in the class ceilinged trains that wind their way up to Aguas Caliente where you can have that well deserved thermal bath to soothe your tired muscles.
Alternatively, the largest Easter celebration in the world can be found in Antigua, Guatemala this 4 day festival. The procession is rooted in Andalusian tradition and was brought over by Spanish missionaries in the 16th Century. The entire city takes part in the event, accompanied by thousands of travelers coming to experience the energy of Holy Week.
Orca feeding frenzy
Young sea lions start to venture into the Atlantic around Penisula Valdes in March and unfortunately for them Orcas are well aware of this fact. It is a spectacular sight to watch as at high tide they throw their powerful bodies on the beach to grab a tasty young morsel. Orca watching is best at Punta Norte, on the north side of the peninsula however driving between viewing spots gives plenty of opportunity to spot land based wildlife like guanacos, rheas and the odd puma.