Just as grey skies and dreary weather start to settle in up north, the Southern Hemisphere is at its very best. There, you can spend your winter holiday enjoying the beach, getting to know the exotic local flora and fauna, or having a true outdoor adventure. Here are the Southern Hemisphere’s most irresistible routes:
Have a true adventure down under with a tour of the South Pacific. Begin with two stops in New Zealand—Auckland and Queenstown—for some adventure tourism: bungee jumping from the Auckland Harbour Bridge, walking along the Sky Tower, and paragliding from Queenstown’s Remarkable Mountains. Next, get an international flight to Sydney, Australia, where you can get a backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House, take a day trip to the Blue Mountains, or spend the day at Bondi Beach. From there, you’re headed on a domestic flight to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef. One more international flight takes you to Fiji for some well-deserved time beachside.
There’s no better way to kick off your trip around the Southern Hemisphere than a quick stop in Quito, Ecuador, where you can visit the La Mitad del Mundo monument which marks the Equator. From there, make a stopover in Lima, Peru, to explore its colonial city centre before heading on to Cusco, the jumping off point for the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. Catch the bus to Puno for your first glimpse of the piercing blue waters of Lake Titicaca, which serves as the border between Peru and Bolivia. Take a tour of Salar de Uyni’s stunning salt flats in Bolivia before crossing into Argentina to explore the Humahuaca Gorge. Hop on a flight from Salta to the spectacular Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Your final stop is Rio, where you’ll divide your time between city sightseeing and relaxation on the beach.
One of the most convenient—and cheapest—ways to see Southern Africa is on an overland trip. This unique travel adventure involves taking a lorry and lodging mostly at campsites. Our suggested route starts in Johannesburg, South Africa, before heading to the Chobe River and National Park in Botswana, where you’re bound to see elephant herds marching along the sandy shorelines. Next, you’ll head to Victoria Falls in Zambia, where adrenaline junkies can try bungee jumping or white water rafting. Then it’s on to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia to brave the walking safari, and finally to Lake Malawi, where you can spend your days snorkelling, relaxing, and camping beachside.
Need seed money for your trip? Sell iPod and other electronics online to fund those expensive airfares to the Southern Hemisphere.