Starting to feel the chill? If you’re like us, that means it’s just about time to plan your winter vacation to somewhere warm, and this season, we’re excited about destinations in South America, where it’s just turning over to summer at this time of year. Here are a few of our top sunny, warm weather destinations that are great vacation options on this beautiful continent!

Ilha Grande, Brazil

If you hate winter weather, what’s better than a beach vacation? The Abroad Guide says that the beaches of Brazil are a must-see, and Ilha Grande is a popular vacation destination for many reasons. Ilha Grande is one of a group of 22 islands off the coast of Brazil with beautiful white sand beaches, known for surfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more. The town center boasts tons of restaurants, shops and cafes, and is just a few hours from bustling Rio.

Rio de JanieroRio de Janeiro, Brazil

Speaking of Rio, why not spend your vacation in Brazil’s bustling capital? This beautiful city is full of culture, amazing food and incredible history. Plus, it’s nestled at the mouth of a harbor, so the city is lined with white sand beaches and surrounded by beautiful mountains. With vibrant nightlife and white-sand beaches, it’s no surprise that Rio ranks in the top five on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Central and South American Vacations list.

Mérida, Venezuela

If you’re not one for beaches, and want to avoid touristy areas, check out Mérida, nestled between two Andean mountain ranges, known for its national parks, rainforests, waterfalls and a tropical beach. The area’s temperate weather is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, and if you miss the snow while you’re there, you can always trek up the mountains for an icy blast of cold weather.

Baños, Ecuador

Baños is also largely untouched by tourists and is known for the huge surrounding volcanoes, mountain ranges and natural hot springs. Some popular activities include biking, horseback riding, tours of the Amazon jungle, whitewater rafting and visiting the famous basilica. Truly, Baños is a perfect spot for thrill seekers and relaxation junkies alike.

Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, Argentina

Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires offers tons of sophistication mixed with a lot of South American flavor. Take in the city sights and history, tour the museums, take a tango lesson, or watch a world-class soccer game. There’s something for everyone in Buenos Aires.

Wherever you’ve set your sights for your getaway, let Blue Horizon help you get there. Our staff has years of experience at finding the best packages and the best prices for our customers, and we can help put together a great vacation package for you. For more information or to start planning your trip, contact us today.