Peru in October has smaller crowds and an Amazon River race.
If you’d prefer to see the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu without a throng of tourists obscuring your views, head there in October, in the middle of the austral spring.
Being shoulder season, you’re far more likely to get that must-have shot of Wayna Picchu without being photobombed by some random.
It’s also drier at this time of year, making treks through the Amazon Basin far more comfortable.
In early October, head to Iquitos, the ‘‘Capital of the Amazon’’, to watch the world’s longest river raft race.
Originally a one-day affair attracting only locals, The Great Amazon River Race was extended in 2006 to cover 190 kilometres of the river over three days.
Teams of up to four build their own rafts from balsa wood logs and set off in Natua for Iquitos.
Accessible by air and river, Iquitos offers an authentic taste of the Amazon – and rainforest cuisine – with modern conveniences.
Eat out at elegant riverside restaurants, explore floating town Belen’s markets and escape to the jungle when the mood strikes.