Argentina

When to go to Argentina

The best time to go to Argentina

With so much to discover in Argentina, from walking with penguins to scaling icy glaciers and exploring Andean deserts, it is essential that you plan your trip and decide when to visit depending on what you want to experience to get the most out of your time. As Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed for many international visitors from the northern hemisphere, but being such a vast country certain regions have their own individual climates that may make travel easier or more restrictive. The Cafayate region for example, being one of the driest places on the continent, can be enjoyed at any time of year, as can Mendoza, whilst some parts of Patagonia are inaccessible in winter. 

It is essential for you to choose the time you want to go to Argentina based on the experience and wildlife you are looking for.

When to go

This is a guide for the country as a whole, indicating good times to plan a holiday, taking into account popular places to visit, wildlife encounters and overall weather. Please remember that where in the country will vary depending on month of travel.

When to go by Season

November to February 

The summer months are a popular time to visit, particularly between the peak season between Christmas and New Year which requires early booking to guarantee availability. Being so close to the Antarctic, the southernmost reaches of Argentina around Ushuaia are more suited to travel during this time, when the temperature can reach a comfortable 16°C or 60°F. The north of the country experiences the hottest weather during this time. 

March to April 

Autumn can be an ideal and temperate time to visit most of country. In Patagonia, it marks the onset of winter albeit before the coldest months set in. It is also a great time to visit Buenos Aires and the Lake District, which feels distinctly fresher outside of peak summer and winter. 

May to August

During the winter months, many of Patagonia’s key attractions are closed and the northern areas of the country are amongst the best to visit, such as Iguazu Falls or Salta, where you are likely to experience mild temperatures of around 12°C or 56°F. 

September to October 

As with autumn, the spring months can be an ideal time to visit most of the country the Lake District around Bariloche, as well as Patagonia and the capital of Buenos Aires, which can become unbearably hot in the height of the summer. 

When to go for wildlife

If you are hoping to see the spectacular Southern Right Whales off the Peninsula Valdes, you should plan to visit between the beginning of June and December. At the beginning of this season they congregate around the southern section of the peninsula before heading to the northern area of the bay from around September. The Magellanic Penguins in Punta Tombo, south of arrive in August to breed and leave for the warmer waters of Brazil in April. 

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