The best times to visit the different regions of Argentina.
Argentina is an incredibly vast and diverse country, being the 8th largest country in the world, it has one of the greatest ecosystem varieties on the planet. From the tree-lined streets of Buenos Aires to the crystal lakes of Northern Patagonia, to the towering mountains of Southern Patagonia, to the colored hills of the Northwest, to the thunderous falls in the Northeast and the tranquil valleys of the West, Argentina will never cease to amaze.
Argentina, located in the southern hemisphere, experiences seasons that are opposite of those in the northern hemisphere. Winter is from June – September and summer is from December – March. With that in mind, you might be wondering, when is the best time to travel to Argentina? The answer lies within your preferences on destinations and activities!
Best Time to Visit Northwestern Argentina
Northwestern Argentina includes destinations like Salta, Jujuy, Tucuman and Cafayate. It boasts incredible landscapes with picturesque mountains, prevailing indigenous and rural cultures, and insane rock formations. This region of Argentina sits at a perfect altitude for growing Torrontes grapes, used to produce a white wine that is primarily only seen in this region of the world. This area is dry and cool with temperatures not often reaching over 80 °F (26 °C).
Best Time to Visit: Because the area does not vary much in temperature, you can really visit at any time. The most popular time to visit is from October – December. The temperature remains around 80 °F (26 °C), and you’ll avoid the crowds. The most rainfall occurs during the summer from December – February. To see the mountains when they are greenest, visit during Argentina’s autumn February – April. For wine and culture, explore the town of Cafayate, which holds a large folkloric music festival and a harvest festival in February and March. If you can only travel during June – August but want to avoid the cold weather that occurs in the more Southern areas, this is also a very good time to visit.
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Best time to Visit Western Argentina
Western Argentina’s top destination is Mendoza. Mendoza is famous for its wine and sits at the base of the Andes. You can visit Aconcagua, the mountain with the highest peak outside of Asia, during the summer months. The region is marked with red soil and winding rivers that are perfect for rafting. The climate is arid with temperatures between 65 °F (18 °C) and 90 °F (32 °C) throughout the year.
Best Time to Visit: There isn’t a bad time to visit Mendoza. The best time depends on what you’d like to do along with tasting the region’s famous wines. If you’d like to ski, you can visit in the winter months of July through early September. For lounging by the pool after a day of wine tasting, visit during the warmest months from November – January (keeping in mind that January is the rainiest month of the year). To experience the hills blooming firsthand, visit in the Spring from September – November. For Mendoza harvest festivals, plan to travel anytime between March – April.
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Best Time to Visit Northeast Argentina
Vastly different from Northwest Argentina, the Northeast is a tropical region. The highlights include Puerto Iguazu and Iguazu waterfalls, and the off the beaten path areas of the Atlantic Rainforest and Jesuit missions. This area has a subtropical climate characterized by high temperatures and frequent rainfall.
Best Time to Visit: Typically September – November will offer cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, but you can experience more rainfall. If you are visiting the Atlantic Rainforest or the falls, this time will be more comfortable for exploring. December – February experiences the hottest temperatures and highest amount of visitors due to the holidays, but you’ll also see the water levels at its peak. This makes the Garganta del Diablo even more impressive than usual, but there can be closures to some parts of the park if the water levels get too high. May – August has the lowest temperatures and lowest amount of rainfall. This would be great if you are visiting the mysterious Jesuit missions.
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Best Time to Visit Northern Patagonia
Northern Patagonia destinations include Bariloche and Puerto Madryn. Many people visit the western side of Patagonia for its lakes, mountains and fjords, while on the eastern side you’ll have rocky coasts and high chances to see whales, sea lions and other marine life. The climate is dry, windy and sunny in the summer. In the winter months, you will see some snow in Bariloche and rain in Puerto Madryn.
Best Time to Visit: If you enjoy skiing, visit Bariloche in the winter from July – August. Otherwise, the best time to go to Bariloche is during the spring between October – November. You’ll avoid the crowds, and the landscapes are in full bloom, making it a picturesque site. For warm weather, visit between December – February.
For Puerto Madryn, most people decide their visit based on when they can see specific types of marine life.
- November and December you will have the most opportunities to see all of the animals the area has to offer, such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, elephant seals and penguins.
- May – December is the best time to see whales and Killer Whales are most commonly spotted between January – April and October – December.
- December – March is the best time to see dolphins.
- Sea lions and elephant seals can be seen year round but will breed between December and March.
- Penguins can be seen from October – March but many people enjoy going in late November to see the newly hatched chicks.
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Best Time to Visit Southern Patagonia
Southern Patagonia is one of the most beautiful areas in Argentina where you are truly at the end of the world. Main destinations include El Calafate, El Chalten, Ushuaia and on the Chilean side, Torres del Paine National Park. It is generally cool and windy with some rain and snowfall. The average temperature in the summer is around 70°F (21 °C).
Best Time to Visit: Most of Southern Patagonia closes from April to late September. There are a few hotels in El Calafate open, but Ushuaia and Torres del Paine remain closed to tourists. Visit during the warmer months, October – March to experience the best weather. Tourism from December – February in Torres del Paine is extremely high so if you are planning a trip there, do so at least 6-9 months in advance to secure your hotel. You can experience sun and snow on the same day, so it is important to be prepared for all weather. The wettest month tends to be May, and the driest tends to be February.
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Buenos Aires is the largest city in Argentina with beautiful European-styled architecture, exciting nightlife and a culture that highlights food, wine and Tango. It lies in the pampa region and has a humid subtropical climate thanks to its location near the Rio Plata. It has hot summers and mild winters.
Best Time to Visit: You can visit Buenos Aires any time, but as a resident of the city for 6 years, I can tell you that October – November tend to be the most pleasant. You’ll avoid the heat and the large crowds that descend to the city in the summer months from December – February. In addition, the city’s many green parks are lined with Jacaranda trees which bloom vibrant purple flowers, enhancing the city’s beauty. The temperatures in the summer can get up to 90°F (32 °C) with humidity up to 70%, while the winters tend to be cold and gray with an average temperature of 50°F (10 °C).
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For an overall breakdown of temperature, and packing tips for Argentina, refer to the table below:
My personal suggestion is to visit Argentina in October or November when tourism is lower, temperatures are mild and the flowers are in bloom. If you’d like more ideas about where and when to go to Argentina, please contact us!
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