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Best Time to Visit Patagonia
The windswept steppes of Patagonia feature some of the most stunning vistas in all of Argentina and Chile, but summer (from late November to early March) is really the only ideal time to visit this enchanting region. Since it is in a remote corner of the world, even the high season does not imply crowds and heavy tourist traffic.
 
While strong gales characterize this area year-round, they are typically more powerful during the summer months, and temperatures in the normally chilly Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine National Park in southern Patagonia can get as high as a balmy 52ºF (11ºC). Plus, trails are more accessible during this time as well. Though not as strong as the summer winds, there are still gusts consistently throughout the winter.
 
Autumn (late March-April) and spring (October-November), considered the shoulder season, are fair alternatives to the summer months, with generally less wind but cooler temperatures than the summer months. The dampness and wind chill can make it feel colder here too.
 
W-Circuit Torres del Paine
W-Circuit Torres del Paine
DO NOT GO between June and August, during the southern winter. Many of the main attractions are closed or inaccessible, and the weather is fairly miserable, with bitter temperatures. Some say this is a particularly picturesque time to visit, but the severe weather and closure of major trails, especially in Torres del Paine, make it a bad time to visit.
 
Patagonia’s weather is unpredictable
The only thing predictable about Patagonia’s daily weather is that it is unpredictable – storms could pop up quickly and weather patterns also tend to change quickly, so you should always be prepared with adequate layers.
 
Dress for the wind & chill
No matter when you decide to go, layers and a good windbreaker are essential for an enjoyable experience in Patagonia.
 
 
Summer January Best time to visit: Warm temperatures & high winds.
February Best time to visit: Warm temperatures & high winds.
Spring March Good alternative: Shoulder season, lower winds, chillier temperatures, lower prices
April Good alternative: Shoulder season, lower winds, dropping temperatures, lower prices
Winter May Okay for scenery & skiing; Otherwise not a great time to visit.
June Not ideal: Many trails & parks (including Isla Magdalena & Torres del Paine) are closed or inaccessible due to extreme weather; blue skies, lower winds, bitter cold, impassable conditions.
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Autumn October Good alternative: Shoulder season, lower winds, chillier temperatures, lower prices
November Good alternative: Shoulder season, lower winds, rising temperatures, lower prices
Summer December Best time to visit: Warm temperatures & high winds.
 

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