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Looking to escape the cold, long evenings in November? If so, it’s a great time to visit Chile, Argentina and Brazil as November brings warm temperatures and little rain. Plus, their capital cities are not too hot or humid. It’s cool in Oman too, being the perfect time to visit the coast as humidity is low. It’s also prime time for turtle nesting activity, if you time it right you may see turtles burying their eggs or baby turtles hatching and making the dangerous journey from land to sea. In November, Kenya’s Mombasa festival is in full swing. Join a parade where floats line the streets and local musicians and dancers perform. There are numerous craft stalls and local foods to enjoy too. It’s also the cooler, drier season, meaning that not even a hint of rain could spoil the party.
November is one of the best months to visit the north of India. Although it is one of the driest months, it’s not as hot or humid as other months, nor does the temperature plummet at night. In Pushkar, the annual camel fair is held and is one of the largest in the world. This fascinating spectacle runs for five days and around 50,000 camels and cattle are brought to trade. Camels are dressed up, raced and entered into beauty pageants, while traders themselves can enter competitions like the ‘longest moustache’. Cricket matches are played between the local club and tourists, while markets sell jewellery and material, adding to the colour and variety of this amazing festival.
November is the transition month between the wet and dry season, meaning the rains have just stopped and tourists have not yet started to flow into the country. It’s an especially great time to combine the coast with central Mexico, while visitors to the highlands may find it chilly at this time of year. Meanwhile, the Day of the Dead festival takes place on 1-2 November, a celebration where spirits of the dead return to earth to be reunited with their loved ones. Graveyards become packed with colour and sound as families gather to decorate the graves and musicians stroll the grounds playing the deceased’s favourite music. Street parties and markets are also held, sugar skulls are sold and swapped between friends and family. Some of the best places to see the celebrations are in Oaxaca and Lake Patzcuaro.
Although November marks the beginning of winter, it is also the best time to travel in the north and the south of the country as they see the least amount of rain. Hoi An however will experience large amounts of rain. Whether you want to walk among the rice terraces in Sapa, visit the limestone pillars of Halong Bay or cruise along the Mekong Delta, the land will be lush and days will be cool and clear. The beaches in the south of Vietnam, such as Phu Quoc, Mui Ne and Phan Thiet tend to have bluer skies and more sunshine in November.