From Argentina’s World Tango Championship to Colombia’s famous Flower Festival – the best reasons to make South America your August getaway.
Arts and Culture Month, Quito, Ecuador: Every August the Ecuadorian Capital celebrates the art and culture of the country; Quito bursts with colour, music, concerts, parades, cultural exhibitions and festivities. The historical centre comes to life August 9, when all museums are open to the public, and concerts and art performances fill the cobbled streets. (Throughout August)
Bumba Meu Boi (Festival of the Ox), São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil: This wild, folkloric festival takes place over the first two weeks of August in Brazil. Streams of street performers dressed as mythical creatures recount the story of the ox through song, dance, theatre and capoeira. The charming historic centre of São Luís is the best place to immerse yourself in this theatrical tradition, but celebrations can be found throughout the country. (Aug. 1-14)
Feria de las Flores, Medellín, Colombia: Likely the largest flower festival in the world, Medellín’s biggest annual celebration is one of a kind. With horse parades, antique car shows, and the famous desfile de silleteros, where young and old parade their flower designs through the city, it’s the one event you can’t miss. (Aug. 1-7)
Independence Day, Sucre, Bolivia: Every year Bolivians flock to Sucre to celebrate the declaration of independence signed in the city in 1825. Colourful parades, gun salutes, fireworks and carnivals reflect the rich cultural heritage of the country. Copacabana is the next best place to celebrate with locals. (Aug. 6)
World Tango Championship, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Tango aficionados from all over the world flock to Buenos Aires to strut their stuff on the dance floor in front of thousands of spectators. Feeling brave? Put your dancing shoes on and join the crowds celebrating Argentina’s cultural gem. (Aug. 14-27)