Across Latin America, February is a month dominated by Carnival — but that’s not the only reason to head south this month.
Come February, Latin America may be best known for its wild Carnival celebrations. They are, after all, some of the most famous parties in the world. But there are plenty of other reasons for travelers to take advantage of the quiet travel month and explore this half of the world.
To find the absolute best places to travel in the area during the month of February, we tapped into a large pool of top tourism providers that specialize in this region. We also looked at popular annual events, noteworthy openings, and called upon a deep knowledge of travel in Mexico, Central America, and South America to inform our selections.
You'll recognize some of these destinations from our list of the 50 Best Places to Travel in 2018, like Brazil’s sprawling and sophisticated second city, São Paulo; Los Cabos, which is enjoying a major luxury boom; and Iguazú Falls (because even if you’ve already been, we’ve got a major reason to return).
But we also scoured the rest of Latin America to find the best reasons to travel there right now, including a once-in-a-lifetime wine tour in Chile, “table to farm” dining in Mexico, and hands-on conservation in the Peruvian Amazon.
Travel near or travel far, but these are the best places to go in South America, Central America, and Mexico this February.