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Best Time of Year to Travel to Argentina

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Best Time to Visit Argentina

Argentina is a great year-round destination but the ideal time depends on your destination. December to February (summer) allows for the easiest access to the popular Patagonia region and Ushuaia in the south, while between September and December (spring/ early summer) are great months if you prefer a cooler environment in Buenos Aires, and between March and May (fall), the autumnal colors of the wine valley in Mendoza are marvelous. It’s worth noting that Argentina has opposite seasons as the northern hemisphere, so their summer is the northern hemisphere’s winter.
The travel seasons in Argentina are generally considered:
  • High season (prices & tourism at its peak): Late November-February & July
  • Shoulder season: September-November & March-May
  • Low season: June & August
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires (Terri Dion)

Best time to visit Buenos Aires

For a refreshingly crisp climate and moderate prices in Buenos Aires, the shoulder seasons of September to December (spring/ early summer) and April to June (fall/early winter) are the best times to visit. While January and February is the high tourist season in Buenos Aires, it is also accompanied by crowded streets, high prices, high temperatures, and muggy weather. Between January to February can be worth it to some explorers though as the nightlife in the city seems to get quite a bit more pronounced. 

Aconcagua towering over vineyards
Aconcagua towering over vineyards

Best time to visit the wine valleys around Mendoza

Between March and May (fall) are the seasons when the foliage is in its stunning and colorful transition, especially in the Lake District and wine valley region of the country, where visitors will see whimsically copper and gold vines and brilliant shades of orange in the beech groves.
Sunrise in the Patagonian Andes Mountains
Sunrise in the Patagonian Andes Mountains

Best time to visit Patagonia

The best time to visit the wind-swept Patagonia region is from December to February (summer) with warm temperatures of 70℉ (21.1℃). Because this is the high season, tour prices also tend to be more expensive during these months. Another good time to visit is between October to November (spring). Although the weather will be a bit chillier at this time with highs in the 50s (10℃) hotel rates are more reasonable, you won’t be missing out on beautiful sights or activities, and it should be a bit less crowded. Regardless of what season you’re planning on booking though, it’s recommended that you book the hotels a few months in advance as Patagonia can get extremely busy during these seasons.  

Picture-perfect Ushuaia
Picture-perfect Ushuaia (Cindy Isaf)

Best time to visit Ushuaia

Ushuaia is one of the southernmost towns in the world and the best time to visit is in the summer between December and March (summer/early fall). This is the best time because the weather is considered the most moderate at this time of the year, however, the weather can still be cold with averages of 48℉ (8.9℃). The most popular attraction is Ushuaia is following the steps of Charles Darwin on a river cruise through the Beagle Channel. Additionally, the hike up to Glacier Martial is a good activity, especially in the summer as it’s considerably more enjoyable with warmer weather.

Additionally, if you’re looking to combine a trip to Argentina with a trip to Antartica, Ushuaia is the perfect port to leave from as it is the southernmost port in the western hemisphere and a very popular place to begin an arctic expedition. Adventure Life offers many trips to Antartica and these trips are very hard to come by, so if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, contact our travel experts at Adventure Life now!  

Best time to visit the beaches

Brilliant blue water of Argentine lakes
Brilliant blue water of Argentine lakes

Argentina’s hot summer runs from December to February (summer) and has perfect beach weather averaging at about 70℉ (31.1℃) and if you’re most interested in visiting the beaches, it’s recommended that you go in this season. The spring season between October and early December is also an acceptable time to go but the weather can get a bit chilly and produce not-ideal beach weather, especially with the spring winds. The further into the spring season you wait the warmer the temperature can get so if you must go in the spring season, it’s recommended to wait until October or November.

Best time to visit ski resorts

Gondola over Bariloche
Gondola over Bariloche

Between June to August (winter) is ideal to visit the ski resorts. This is because many beaches are closed but the mountain ski resorts are open for business!
Season Month Where to go Where not to go
Summer January Patagonia, Beach region, Climb Andean peaks, Tierra del Fuego Buenos Aires & low-lying northern region
February Patagonia, Climb Andean peaks, Tierra del Fuego Buenos Aires & low-lying northern region
Autumn March Patagonia, Mendoza & San Juan (the wine valley), Lake District, Tierra Del Fuego  
April Northern Patagonia, Lake District, Mendoza & San Juan (the wine valley)  
May Buenos Aires, Lake District  
Winter June Buenos Aires, Andes Ski Resorts Beach region, Patagonia, & Southern Argentina
July Andes Ski Resorts Beach region, Patagonia, & Southern Argentina
August Andes Ski Resorts Beach region, Patagonia, & Southern Argentina
Spring September Buenos Aires, Lake District Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia
October Buenos Aires, Lake District Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia
November Buenos Aires, Lake District Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia
Summer December Patagonia, Beach region, Climb the Andean peaks, Tierra del Fuego Buenos Aires & low-lying northern region

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