The former cattle range on the shores of the Rio Negro gives you a front row seat for wildlife

Want to make sure that your holiday isn’t a washout? Then book a flight to one of these five countries



If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend your holiday, July in Iceland is hard to beat. Long summer days mixed with crisp mountain air, is a powerful combination. Spend the day whale watching, hiking glaciers or taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon natural geothermal spa.

Rest your head: Black Pearl Apartments in Reykjavik. These super chic apartments give you a great view of the city and can provide the perfect base during your stay.

Tourists in Iceland
Tourists in Iceland



Powder hounds should take their boards and skis to Queenstown. The town is in the middle of its skiing season, which runs from 1 June to 31 August.  With four huge ski areas on its doorstep, you’ll have miles of trails to discover. And when you’re not whizzing down the slopes you can try one of the other adrenalin activities that Queenstown has become famous for, such as the Shotover Jet, bungee jumping or heliskiing.

Rest your head: For incredible views of snow-capped mountains and apres-ski drinks in front of a roaring fire, kick off your ski boots at Matakauri Lodge. This retreat on the edge of a pine forest is a must-visit. And you can also treat yourself to a deep tissue massage in the boutique spa.




July is the dry season in this Brazilian paradise, which means that the water has receded, the grass is on view and so is the bird population. And you are more likely to spot the elusive jaguar strolling through the countryside.

Rest your head: Looking for an adventure? Then stay at the Fazenda Barranco Alto eco-lodge run by two biologists. The former cattle range on the shores of the Rio Negro gives you a front row seat for wildlife. Spy otters fishing in the morning, alligators swimming along the waterways and if you’re lucky, a jaguar or two.

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It’s the dry season in Peru so strap on your hiking boots and take on Machu Picchu. And when you’re not looking at one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, you can be visiting a breathtaking baroque church, visiting the famed salt mines or topping off those calories that you burnt off at the Chocolate Museum.

Rest your head: At the new Explora Sacred Valley that opens this month. Famed for chic retreats in remote destinations Explora is now bringing its luxe adventure style to Peru. Or if you’re looking at going in 2017, you could also look at booking a seat on the Belmond Andean Explorer that will whisk you from Cusco to Lake Titicaca in its five-star carriages.

Peru; Machu Picchu,
Machu Picchu, Peru



There is no better time to enjoy an Arctic cruise than in July. The sea ice has melted, the polar bears are spotted closer to the shoreline and the sky is filled with birds.

Rest your head: On the Ortelius, a former Russian research vessel that’s perfect for ploughing through the waterways. With the help of the onboard geologists and naturalists, you will be able to get the most out of your once-in-a-lifetime wildlife tour.

Polar bear on edge of ice flow preparing to jump in the water. The location is Svalbard (Spitsbergen), north of Norway.



July is the dry season in Tanzania. So this means that if you ever had a burning desire to climb Kilimanjaro this is the month to do it. You can also time your trip with a safari and follow in the footsteps of the Maasai to the Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to leopard, buffalo and elephant.

Rest your head: At Asilia The Highlands. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows of your luxe safari tent, you can start game viewing from the moment you wake up.

TANZANIA, AFRICA-FEBRUARY 9, 2014: Masai warriors dancing traditional jumps as cultural ceremony, review of daily life of local people on February 9, 2014. Tanzania.
Maasai warriors


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