In travel planning – as in life – timing is everything. Particularly so if you’re planning to travel Argentina. This post is part of a larger Guide that I’m writing to help you plan your perfect trip to Argentina. On this post, you will find some of my recommendations about the best time to visit Argentina.
How far in advance should you start the planning process?
Even though Argentina is not an extremely popular destination, the offer of flights, best hotels, lodges and also the best guides are unfortunately in very limited supply! So it is essential to start the process many months in advance of your travel date, especially if you are traveling between the months of November to march ( it’s peak season ) or if it’s your honeymoon or another special event. By booking in advance you will get the best places and the best fares! ( many hotels and cruises, have early booking offers and also the flight that are an important cost in your trip, will be cheaper)
When is the best time to visit Argentina?
There is no “bad” time to visit Argentina—every season has its own unique charms, and it depends on what you are personally desiring to get out of your adventure. That said, there are definitely better times than others if you want to avoid certain types of weather or crowds. If you don’t like humidity and crowds you might want to skip Iguazu Falls during the summer. Easter and Carnival are national holidays so many lodgings and tours will be fully booked, and prices will rise – particularly for flights.
Climate — Except for a small tropical area in northern Argentina, the country lies in the Temperate Zone, characterized by cool, dry weather in the south and warmer, humid air in the center. Accordingly, January and February are quite hot — often in the high 90s to more than 100°F (25°C-30C) — while winter (approximately June-August) can be chilly.
A few things to keep in mind about the seasons in Argentina:
High season ( late spring and summer) goes from November to February and is the best time for outdoor activities in Patagonia and Lake district. January is peak summer in Argentina, Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) escape the sweltering heat at beach resorts, making them crowded and expensive.
Early spring and early Autumn (Sep–october & Mar-May) have mild temperatures and fewer crowds; I consider this time of the year the best time to visit Argentina if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy good weather and prices. Is the best time to visit Buenos Aires, leaves are spectacular in autumn in Patagonia and Iguazú Falls is less hot and humid.
March and April are a great time to visit Mendoza and San Juan provinces for the wine harvests
Low Season (Jun–Aug) is the best time if you are willing to see snow. Snow falls at ski resorts from June to August. July is a winter vacation month for Argentinians, so popular destinations get busy.
Antarctica season goes from November to march, Expedition cruises depart from Ushuaia or Punta Arenas in Patagonia during those months. Patagonia Cruises to the fjords also operate during this months.
The season for the whales are from the beginning of June and runs until December in the region around the Peninsular Valdez in Patagonia. In September, the whales head around the peninsular to base themselves on the northern bay, and thus it is better to stay in one of the Estancias on the Peninsula. The season for penguins goes from September to march.
The north of Argentina can be visited all year round, but during the summer (December to February) it can get incredibly hot, which isn’t ideal if you want to be out hiking all day.
How long should you plan to stay?
Argentina is a very large country, with huge distances between cities. We usually recommend staying at least 10 days, and longer if you can. Our Patagonia Exclusive with Australis Cruise itinerary covers 10 days and 3 destinations: Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, Torres del Paine National Park, and El Calafate.
It’s enough time for some wonderful experiences and adventures in Patagonia. Exploring glaciers, doing some kayaks, hiking, ice trekkings and enjoying the gourmet delicious food of Patagonia. Most of our travelers tend to visit Argentina for about two weeks or more, which allows you to really immerse yourself in a couple of key destinations—and sample others. Our wonderful Argentina trip from North to South takes in several beautiful spots, Buenos Aires and its countryside, Iguazu Falls, Salta and Quebrada de Humahuaca, Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, Ushuaia the end of the world and Puerto Madryn. And it includes some incredible adventure, eco, and cultural experiences.
Argentina is infinitely varied, and you will always leave with a new wish list of towns to visit. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it’s worth doing well!
A bit about the following my Guide for planning your perfect trip to Travel Argentina:
My goal for this blog is to show you the Argentina I know and love, to give you the benefit of my passion and experience so you will be able to discover and travel Argentina in a truly personal and profound way:
- When is the best time to visit Argentina ( which is this post!)
- The best (and most overlooked) destinations in Argentina
- An insightful guide to one-of-a-kind travel experiences in Argentina
- Essential pre-departure tips to know before you travel to Argentina
- Questions to ask your Argentinian travel provider
I hope this blog gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to plan your ultimate Argentina trip to Argentina!
In my next post I’m going to tell you more about some amazing places, many of which you may not have heard of, trust me, you won’t want to miss it.
Clara, Founder of Across Argentina
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