5 Things to Do in South America Next Year

Unending street parades and the ultimate running race are just a couple of reasons to head south in 2017.

By Ariel Cukierkorn 

Montevideo, Carnival

Dance in the Best Carnival You’ve Never Heard Of


WHAT: While Rio de Janeiro claims to have the biggest (and most famous) carnival on the planet, Montevideo celebrates the longest one. From the floats, costumes and choreography of mid-January’s Opening Parade to the musical tribute to Afro-Uruguayan culture that is the Llamadas Parade in February, Montevideo’s month-long carnival is a celebration of the country’s rich heritage. Visiting off-season? The experience is captured in the Museo del Carnaval, which opened 10 years ago in Montevideo’s charming Old Town.

WHEN: January–February, 2017

Santiago, Marathon

Run the Marathon More Popular Than a Soccer Championship


WHAT: Chile’s national soccer team may be the continental champion for the first time in the country’s history, but not even that prize outshines the feat of winning Santiago’s annual marathon – the most popular sporting event in the country. Surrounded by the snow-covered Andean peaks, more than 30,000 runners from across the globe take over the city for one glorious morning, starting at the iconic Palacio de la Moneda. The 42K race is part of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ world calendar.

WHEN: April 2, 2017

Lima, Peruvian cuisine

Taste a Kaleidoscope of New Flavours


WHAT: Ceviche, tiradito, anticucho and causa limeña are no longer unfamiliar words, as Peruvian food continues to appear on menus around the world. But Lima’s annual Mistura festival is the best place to savour these distinct flavours at the source. Created in 2007 by chef and entrepreneur Gastón Acurio, this gastronomical fair features dishes direct from chefs and food producers from across South America. In 2017, the festival will be moving to a larger venue, which means more space for the 300 exhibitors and, most importantly, the nearly 400,000 visitors who come to try new creations by the continent’s celebrity chefs, like Virgilio García, Maido Mitsuharu, Renzo Garibaldi and Rafael Osterling, among others. Next year, Mistura also plans to hold sister events in Santiago (Chile), Córdoba (Argentina), Bogotá (Colombia), Miami and New York (United States).

WHEN: September 2017


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Bogatá, Youth Summit

Help Change the World at the First Youth Summit in South America


WHAT: This year, Colombia’s capital city will be the first in the region to hold the One Young World Summit, an annual meeting for more than 2,000 under-30 leaders from 194 countries to discuss education, business, human rights, sustainable development and leadership. Originally established in the U.K. and with its latest editions in Dublin, Bangkok and Ottawa, this summit has gained attention for its efforts to empower young people to effect worldwide change. Last year’s speakers included Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof and Cher.

WHEN: October 4–7, 2017

Buenos Aires, International theatre

Pull Back the Curtain on International Theatre


WHAT: Since 1997, Buenos Aires has celebrated its status as South America’s theatre capital with a biennial festival that attracts top productions from around the world to some of the city’s 300 venues. The last edition drew a record 55,000 people who came out to see masterful productions such as Third World Bunfight’s Macbeth, which set the Bard’s tragedy among warring factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 2017 lineup has yet to be announced, but the festival plans on setting the bar even higher for its 20th-anniversary celebration.

WHEN: October 5–21, 2017