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13 Southern Hemisphere destinations to visit this summer

Photos logoPhotos 19/06/2019

We have seasons on the Earth because our planet is slightly tilted at the axis in relation to its orbit around the Sun. However, they run opposite to each other in the two hemispheres. As the countries in the north are reeling in the heat, countries such as Australia and Argentina in the southern half are welcoming the winters. Here are some destinations you can visit to dodge the summer.

Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia © Marek Lambert/Shutterstock The largest alpine resort in the state is best known for downhill skiing, snowboarding and several other snow activities. Each year, it hosts the largest snow sport event in the Southern Hemisphere – Kangaroo Hoppet (on the fourth Saturday of August). The resort has over 5,000 beds in the village, suiting every budget with services like daycare center, gym, day spa and supermarket. It also has a vibrant nightlife with a wide range of restaurants and bars.

Queenstown, New Zealand © wnjay_wootthisak/Getty Images Dubbed as the “Adventure Capital of the World,” the place is ideal for skiing in the winter and hiking during the summer. It is located next to Lake Wakatipu with majestic mountain ranges in the background. Apart from indulging in adventurous activities like bungy jumping, skydiving and paragliding, you could also explore the wineries, take a gondola up Bob’s peak to enjoy breathtaking views, visit a spa or go pub hopping.

San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina  © Buenaventuramariano/Getty Images Located on the southeastern shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and its corresponding national park, the place with its picturesque rolling snow slopes attracts many tourists every late July to mid-September. It is well-known for production of the country’s best chocolate and offers various activities like trekking, hiking, horse riding, rafting, kayaking and skiing.

Seychelles  © ThomasFluegge/Getty Images This Indian Ocean archipelago comprises 115 islands and is best known for its lush green hills, spellbinding beaches and secluded resorts. The island experiences a year-round warm, tropical climate and the cool southeast trade winds from April till October make the weather pleasant for the tourists, offering them mild conditions for sunbathing, wildlife watching and scuba diving. Mahe Island, Praslin Island and La Digue Island are some of the popular places to visit here.

 

Fiji © mvaligursky/Getty Images Located in the South Pacific Ocean, the archipelago consists of around 300 islands and 540 islets. The turquoise waters, pristine beaches, rivers and a rich cultural history makes this place an ideal escape destination from the chaotic city life. It offers ample opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving as well as bird-watching, trekking and hiking.

Mauritius © Freeartist/Getty Images The island, located in the Indian Ocean, about 500 miles (800 kilometer) east of Madagascar, Africa, comprises beautiful beaches and luxury resorts. Here the winter season is from May to September with the weather being warm and dry. Apart from adventurous activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling, you could spot rare birds, swim with the dolphins or visit one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, colorful Indian temples and markets.

Whitsunday Islands, Australia © maydays/Getty Images A group of 74 islands, located off the northeastern coast of Queensland in the Coral Sea, are home to some of the oldest archaeological sites of the country and comprise pristine beaches, national parks and the town of Airlie Beach, which hosts a popular annual sailing event. The islands offer several thrilling activities such as beach camping along with plenty of options for stay and partying.

Patagonia, South America © javarman3/Getty Images The region in South America is dotted with ragged peaks, pristine rivers and backwater oases. Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina are the top highlights here, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. During the winter (June to August), the region’s snow-covered Andes slopes are flocked by skiers.

 

Peru © sorincolac/Getty Images The best time to travel the country is during its dry season which is from June through September. Here you could indulge in sports like ocean kayaking, mountain biking, zip lining, surfing and sandboarding, or take a stroll as you view the country’s natural wildlife that includes jaguars, pink dolphins and thousands of species of butterflies. The trek from Inca Trail to the magnificent and historical Machu Picchu is one of most famous in the world and definitely worth the bragging rights.

Easter Island, Chile © tankbmb/Getty Images Also known as Rapa Nui, the remote volcanic island is known for its mysterious vibe and draws visitors for the hundreds of massive stone head statues called moai. You can explore the beauty of this place on foot, on horseback or from a bike saddle. Diving, snorkeling and surfing are some of the activities you could enjoy here.

Melbourne, Australia © robynmac/iStock / Getty Images Plus Named the happiest city in the world in 2018 in a Time Out and Tapestry Research survey, Melbourne has a lot to offer to the tourists. It is known for its large number of theaters, art galleries, innovative architecture, transportation, beaches and nightlife. Here the climate is temperate throughout the year and travelers from the Northern Hemisphere come here in July and August to escape their summer.

Santiago, Chile  © progat/Getty Images The versatile city showcases the best of Chilean culture in the numerous international festivals on sound, flavor and color it hosts. Here you could visit museums, soak in the history, savor a scrumptious meal at a restaurant and experience the nightlife. If beach is your scene, escape to Valparaíso, which is just an hour and a half away.

Garzón, Uruguay  © Kseniya Ragozina/Getty Images This tiny rural village is a low-key getaway, where you can either explore the incredible wineries or take a hot-air balloon ride over the picturesque landscape. 

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