Right place, right time
When to be where in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and Antarctica
It's the start of the olive harvest, the sun still shines, Alhambra crowds disperse - time to revel in central Andalucía's beauty.
Up in the Douro it’s grape harvest; sunny blue skies and early fall colors on the vines make it perfect for walking and wine.
The Pyrenees are never more resplendent than when covered by their fall hues in the forests of Ordesa and Aigues Tortes parks.
The great beech forests of La Garrotxa are at their most beautiful as the fall arrives in October and early November.
Head to the pretty Sierra de Aracena in the west of Andalucía for wonderful walking while the mushroom season is in full cry.
Picos de Europa
Travel early in October for empty trails with beautiful backdrops as the ochre tones of fall arrive in the forests of the Picos.
Walking season in Alentejo extends through October into early November, with pleasantly warm temperatures and reliable blue skies.
It's not guaranteed, but if the dry deserts are to become covered in a sea of colorful exotic flowers, it'll be right around now.
Iberá & Patagonia
The Iberá wetlands are thriving with widlife, and pair well with the Valdes coastline and Patagonia's opening for a wild vacation.
A wonderful month for Chile. Patagonia opens up again, with the lupin blooms framed by snowy peaks along the Carretera Austral.
Try ice hiking in Patagonia as the south reawakens, or head for Cape Horn as expedition cruises begin to depart Tierra del Fuego.