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15 Apr 2020
Dream Now, Travel Later: South America
Staying home for the coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to stop thinking about travel, in fact, it is the perfect time to plan your dream holiday including every little detail!

Staying home for the coronavirus doesn’t mean you have to stop thinking about travel, in fact, it is the perfect time to plan your dream holiday including every little detail! Visiting South America is on a lot of people's bucket lists, whether it is discovering lost civilizations, seeing the Amazonian rainforest or taking in the colour and excitement of spectacular carnivals there is something in South America for everyone. Below we have highlighted the top South American destinations and the best times to visit.

Relax on the Beach in Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Celebrate Carnival in Rio

If your ideal holiday includes stunning beaches and joining one of the biggest parties in the world, then Rio during Carnival is the place for you! It is also the best time to see Brazil with the whole country out celebrating. The Festival starts the week before Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter) with smaller parades throughout the week leading up to the main parade. Purchasing a ticket to view the parade is the best way to see all of the colour and dancing, but after all of the official events, the party spills out onto the streets and in every corner of the city people celebrate.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is often called the “Paris of South America” for its unique mix of European grandeur and Latin passion. From shopping in one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods to exploring the impressive art galleries or even catching a football game there is no shortage of things to do in Buenos Aires, you can even learn how to Tango! The best times to visit are from September to November, and March to May, but this bustling city is amazing any time of year.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu

Surrounded by lush vegetation trekking to Machu Picchu will not disappoint, the archaeological site and one of the Seven Wonders of the world is a must for all visitors to Peru. Timing your visits to the site is important, the best time is during the region’s dry season between May and October. But due to the location and climate, there may be obscured views during the mornings afternoons, which should clear during the day.

Santiago, Chile


Impressive views of the Andes, modern architecture, and bustling markets are just some of the reasons to visit Santiago. Take time exploring the city as no two neighbourhoods are the same, or visit the museums and see the grand architecture. The hillside parks are the perfect spot for a picnic before the nightlife starts in sidewalk eateries and cafes. The delightful Mediterranean climate means that there is no bad time to visit this vibrant city.

Getting there

Air New Zealand Business Class

Air New Zealand flies from Australia to Buenos Aires with internal codeshare flights available on to other South American destinations. The Air New Zealand Business Class is laid out in a herringbone configuration with comfortable pod-like seats that include all of the comforts you need during your flight. The seat converts to a fully flat bed at the touch of a button (but does need to be vacated to convert to a bed). During the flight, guests can enjoy a quality menu designed by Kiwi chefs with wines to match. Read our review of Air New Zealand Business Class here. From Australia there will also be a short transit in Auckland on the way to South America, for Business Class passengers this time can be spent in the Air New Zealand Lounge, which features sweeping runway views, a bar and self serve dining. Take a closer look at the Air New Zealand lounge here.