Hi again! In travel planning – as in life – timing is everything. Particularly so if you’re planning a trip to Argentina. But when is the best time to Visit Argentina?
There is no “bad” time to visit Argentina—every season has its own unique charms, and it depends on what you are personally desiring to get out of your adventure. That said, there are definitely better times than others if you want to avoid certain types of weather or crowds. If you don’t like humidity and crowds you might want to skip Iguazu Falls during the summer. Easter and Carnival are national holidays so many lodgings and tours will be fully booked, and prices will rise – particularly for flights.
Best time to Visit Argentina – Seasons & Climate
— Except for a small tropical area in northern Argentina, the country lies in the Temperate Zone, characterized by cool, dry weather in the south and warmer, humid air in the center. Accordingly, January and February are quite hot — often in the high 90s to more than 100°F (25°C-30C) — while winter (approximately june-august) can be chilly.
A few thing to keep in mind about the seasons in Argentina: High season ( late spring and summer) goes from november to february and is the best time for outdoor activities in Patagonia and Lake district . January is peak summer in Argentina, Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) escape the sweltering heat at beach resorts, making them crowded and expensive.
Early spring and early Autumn (Sep–october & Mar-May) have mild temperatures and fewer crowds; I consider this time of the year the best time to visit Argentina if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy good weather and prices. Is the best time to visit Buenos Aires, leaves are spectacular in autumn in Patagonia and Iguazú Falls is less hot and humid.
March and April are a great time to visit Mendoza and San Juan provinces for the wine harvests
Low Season (Jun–Aug) is the best time if you are willing to see snow. Snow falls at ski resorts from June to August. July is a winter vacation month for Argentinians, so popular destinations get busy.
Antarctica season goes from November to march, Expedition cruises depart from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas in Patagonia during those months. Patagonia Cruises to the fjords also operate during this months.
The season for the whales are from the beginning of June and runs until December in the region around the Peninsular Valdez in Patagonia.
In September, the whales head around the peninsular to base themselves on the northern bay, and thus it is better to stay in one of the Estancias on the Peninsula. The season for penguins goes from September to march.
The north of Argentina can be visited all year round, but during the summer (December to February) it can get incredibly hot, which isn’t ideal if you want to be out hiking all day.
How far in advance should you start the planning process?
Even though Argentina is not an extremely popular destination, the offer of flights, best hotels, lodges and also the best guides are unfortunately in very limited supply!
So it is essential to start the process many month in advance of your travel date, especially if you are traveling between the months of november to march ( it’s peak season ) or if it’s your honeymoon or another special event. By booking in advance you will get the best places and the best fares! ( many hoteles and cruises, have early booking offers and also the flight that are a important cost in your trip, will be cheaper)
How long should you plan to stay?
Argentina is a very large country, with huge distances between cities. We usually recommend staying at least 10 days, and longer if you can.
Our Patagonia Exclusive with Australis Cruise itinerary cover 10 days and 3 destinations: Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, Torres del Paine National Park and El Calafate. It’s enough time for some wonderful experiences and adventures in Patagonia. Exploring glaciers, doing some kayaks, hiking, ice trekkings and enjoying the gourmet delicious food of Patagonia. Its one of our most loved Argentina Tours!
Most of our travelers tend to visit Argentina for about two weeks or more, which allows you to really immerse yourself in a couple of key destinations—and sample others.
Our Food & Wine tour of Argentina & Chile covers 2 weeks exploring the heart of Argentina as well as Chile’s southern Lakes District. Picture tango neighborhoods, stunning Patagonia, crossing the Andes and the culinary delights of seaside Santiago
Argentina is infinitely varied, and you will always leave with a new wish list of towns to visit. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it’s worth doing well. If you are planning a trip to Argentina, don’t miss to read the story of Moyra, one of our travelers!
Clara, Founder of Across Argentina & South America
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