While Patagonia is arguably home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking national parks in the Americas, it is also notorious for its unpredictable and ever changing weather. It’s tricky to give a blanket statement on the best time to visit Patagonia because it depends on what you are looking to do and see. Some venture to Patagonia for the hiking, while others go for photography, relaxation, and adventure. Read on for our some tips on the best times to visit Patagonia.
High Season in Patagonia – November to February
November to February is Patagonia’s “high season” and happens to be summer in South America. Throughout these four months, temperatures are at their highest and can reach an average of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a myriad of activities you can do while amidst the summer sun, such as hiking, camping, wildlife spotting, etc. However, while the days are longer and the weather is warmer, the winds of Patagonia are at their strongest. At this time, you may also experience precipitation and a higher chance of overcast sky. While the clouds might provide shade from the sun rays, they might also block exposure of the towers of Torres del Paine.
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Low Season in Patagonia – June to August
While during the spring and fall season you might experience cooler temperatures, many locals say that the what is referred to as the “low season” is the best time to travel weather-wise. During this time, the winds are milder, and the sky is clearer. Also, hotel prices and flights tend to drop as the demand for those dates is not nearly as high as it is during the summer months. It’s a blessing in disguise!
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Shoulder Season in Patagonia – September to October & April to May
If you travel to Patagonia during the “shoulder season” you will avoid the crowds that form around December – January. There are fewer trekkers in bothTorres del Paine (in Chile) or El Chalten (in Argentina). Note that if you wish to hike the iconic W Trek in Torres del Paine, or go on an in-depth adventure in the national parks, summer is the season for you! During the summer, most roads and trails are open, leaving no risk of closure. Be sure to book in advance as accommodations, camping sites and flights fill up quickly.
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For more tips on the climate and weather of Patagonia, check out our Patagonia Weather Info page.
Pack for all weather types in Patagonia!
Regardless of when you choose to visit Patagonia, it is always a good idea to pack for all weather conditions. During the summer months, you can still experience, sun, rain and/or snow in one day! Come mentally prepared and pack accordingly for any possible weather. The unpredictability is all a part of the Patagonia experience!
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