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Not sure where to holiday in July? Here are some of the best destinations to visit during the month.July is the driest and warmest month in mainland Ecuador, and a great time to visit Quito and the humid Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s also nesting time for blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants on the nearby Galapagos Islands, when whales and dolphins can also be spotted. Meanwhile, the east coast of Sri Lanka is enjoying dry and bright weather, making it a great time to visit the beaches of the area. Over in South Africa, the family-friendly Knysna Oyster Festival runs over two weekends at the beginning of July, encompassing sporting events, live music, and – of course – a lot of oyster tastings. Elsewhere in Africa, there is the Akwasidae festival in Kumasi, Ghana, celebrated with lively drumming, dancing and singing. Back in Europe, Pamplona, Spain, hosts the exhilarating Running of the Bulls – and while we do not recommend joining in, you can hire a balcony from which to watch the action from a safe distance – and Siena, Italy, holds Il Palio, the world-famous horserace, similarly best viewed from a balcony above, with food and drink included.
The best time to travel to the ‘Land of the Blue Sky’ is in July, when the weather is warm and there is little rain. It’s also a great time to attend the Naadam festival, which runs for two days in the middle of the month. Beginning with an elaborate ceremony in Ulan Bator, featuring musicians, athletes, dancers and horse riders, the festival showcases three traditional sports – archery, cross-country horse racing and Mongolian wrestling. For many of the sports, traditional music is sung by the audience and the atmosphere is exuberant and lively.
The dry season in July is the best time to visit as wildlife often emerges looking for water. At this stage the temperatures are warm but not baking, and drop at night to be quite cool. It is also the time of year that Livingstone Island opens for visitors – this is the spot from which David Livingstone first caught sight of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, Victoria Falls. It’s a spectacular place to view the waterfall, where the rising mists do not block your view, and at a time when the water levels are still high enough to create a dramatic impact.
Summer in Alberta is warm and dry; and one of the best times to explore the beautiful lakes and mountains, as well as spot endemic wildlife in national parks like Banff and Jasper. However, it’s the ‘greatest outdoor show on Earth’ that is the main attraction – the Calgary Stampede. This annual rodeo and exhibition runs for more than a week, and includes a parade, competitions, derbies and exhilarating rodeos. The celebrations extend into the local community, where markets are set up, barbecues and pancakes are served, shop fronts are decorated for the week, and locals dress like cowboys.