From Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro to hiking the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu, there are plenty of places to discover in the second month of the year. We have compiled a list of our top five favourite places to visit and why February is the best time to travel there.
A party that needs no introduction is Rio Carnival. An annual world celebration, Rio de Janeiro becomes a flood of colour, music and dance as the streets come alive in a whirlwind of samba festivities. From the 5th-10th February 2016 you can party in true Brazilian style and cheer on the parade as dancers shimmy down the Sambadrome competing for the win.
February marks the end of the winter season in India and is a pleasant climatic time to explore the country before the heat really begins to increase. Marvel at the Taj Mahal, wander the vibrant markets of Jaipur and soak up the beauty of the tea plantations at Darjeeling on an adventure which will be sure to set all your senses alive!
Lares Trail Trek
The Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu is closed in February, but that doesn’t mean you can’t discover the wonders of the world. The Lares Trail Trek provides an enchanting alternative to its more famous big brother, and includes a breath-taking route hidden in the Andes mountains away from the tourist trail. Witness an authentic, rural way of life as you pass local Andean villages which have changed little in the last 500 years.
February is still high season in Colombia and you can make the most of the colourful culture and Caribbean coastline. Wander along the cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena stopping under the romantic balconies adorned with flowers and marvel at the rainbow colour buildings. After trekking through the jungles at Tayrona National Park, reward yourself with a fresh coconut juice on the beach and swing on hammocks as the sun goes down.
Head to the national parks of Tanzania in February and you may have the chance to witness when the wildlife have their young. Mid February is calving season and the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are rich in flora for the herds to provide their young with. There are also countless opportunities to spot the big five on safari drives through the nature reserves.
About the Author: Rosanna is on the Marketing team at Tucan Travel. She has travelled independently and on group tours through Colombia, South East Asia, and Europe. You can find her on Twitter here