From extravagant Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro to Chinese New Year in Beijing, February is one of the best months to explore the world, and the world is filled with cheap and warm destinations that are awaiting your arrival in February. It might be the month of romance, but there’s not much to love about the ongoing trudge of winter. So, why not brighten the mood with a rejuvenating escape. Add them to your Bucket List right away. Read on to find the best places to visit in February 2020 with your family, friends, or significant other.
Rio de Janeiro
If it’s your first time here are some places to visit in Rio de Janeiro. The official language of Rio De Janeiro is Portuguese, as it is for the rest of the country. You can’t pass up relaxing and people-watching along the shores of Copacabana or Ipanema. But don’t spend all of your time at the coast; the Marvelous City has more spectacular natural beauty to offer with sites like Tijuca National Park and Sugar Loaf. Rio de Janeiro uses the Brazilian Real so before you leave home, don’t forget to convert some of your cash into Brazilian Real to have with you when you arrive in Rio.
Best Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro
A must-see statue “Christ the Redeemer” is an excellent attraction in Rio. Recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this statue of Jesus Christ stands with arms outstretched to the city from above Corcovado Mountain’s staggering 2,330-foot elevation.
Spread out across more than 340 acres, “Jardim Botânico” awes its visitors with more than 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora. This serene garden hosts everything from orchids to jasmine-mango heliconias.
Popularized by the song “The Girl from Ipanema,”, “Ipanema Beach” is a neighborhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), between Leblon and Arpoador.
No list of winter travel destinations would be complete without mention of Hawaii. Maui offers its annual Whale Festival in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of Feb. In February, the weather is pleasantly warm at the beaches with average daytime temperatures ranging from about 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Nighttime temperatures near the beaches range from around 63 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit on average.
Top festivals and events in Hawaii in February
Hawaii, the Big Island Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival (in early February) Laupahoehoe Music Festival (in mid-February)
Kauai Waimea Town Celebration (in mid-February)
Maui Whale Festival with various events (from the end of January through February)
February is part of the big wave season on Oahu’s North Shore. Various surfing competitions are held in February.
Planning your Beijing tour in February has its perks in terms of budget and crowd levels, but there are drawbacks for traveling to Beijing in February, too. It is still very cold outside, average high 5℃ and low -7℃ though a little bit warmer than January. February is a transit month between winter and spring. It is still in the low-tourist season when you are able to enjoy the discounted tour prices in Beijing, including hotel accommodations, entrance fees, and flights. You don’t expect huge crowds of tourists in the places you are going to visit.
Unique Attractions in Beijing
Spring Festival: The Chinese Lunar New Year Holiday falls generally on 1st week of Feb. Spring Festival is the biggest and most celebrated festival in China as well as some countries of east and southeast Asia. People enjoy a 3 day holiday. The Chinese government makes it a 7 day holiday by moving the prior weekend and the upcoming one together.
Chinese Lantern Festival: It falls on the 1st or 2nd week of Feb. The New Year comes to an end when the Festival of Lanterns sets in. Each lantern festival finds lantern shows and folk dance everywhere. One special food for the festival is the Tang Yuan, another kind of dumplings made of sweet rice rolled into balls and stuffed with either sweet or different fillings. People solve riddles on the lanterns.
Temple Fair: Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during the Chinese new year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas. Although some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of Beijing’s temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions.
February marks the end of the summertime in the Southern Hemisphere, making it the perfect time to visit the beautiful Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile. The season is ideal for hiking and trekking through the region’s stunning mountain landscape. Highlights include the town of Bariloche in Argentina and Torre del Paines National Park in Chile. February is also an excellent month for kayaking, horseback riding, and camping in Patagonia. Patagonia covers some 400,000 square miles – roughly one and a half times the size of the UK – and visitors need to plan.
Coolest things to do in Patagonia
1. Visit the Penguins
2. Hike to Laguna Torre
3. Go Kayaking
4. Hike the W Trek
5. Visit a Traditional Estancia
6. Take a Trip to Ushuaia
7. Go Cycling
8. Take a Boat Trip on the Beagle Channel
9. Go Ice Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier
10. See a Puma
Patagonia’s unit of currency is the Chilean Peso ($ or CLP) in Chile and the Argentinean Peso (ARG$) in Argentina. In Chilean Peso coins have values of 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 pesos; notes have values of $1000, $2000, $5000, $10000 and $20000. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of Chile or Argentina. However, every person who carries more than USD10,000 cash in or out of Chile or Argentina is required to fill the Border Cash Report.
Pick Your Destination For February 2020
Traveling abroad is not as expensive as it seems to be. If planned well, in advance and done thorough research on how you want your trip to fit your budget, it will cost as much as a decent trip in India. So forget about the swanky vacations where you would have to scrimp and save to get an international getaway and start packing your bags for a felicitous trip to these countries. These places will give you the wanderlust at a reasonable price range. Pack your bags, and get started with your 2020 travel Bucket List!
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