When to visit Argentina
One of the first things most people think about when planning a trip to Argentina is the best time to visit. As this country is so large and diverse with many different ecosystems, the answer really depends on where you’ll be visiting and what you’d like to do. In addition to the weather, you’ll also want to consider your budget and your tolerance for crowds. Summertime brings the most pleasant temperatures to Patagonia at its southernmost end, ideal for taking part in boat tours along with activities like hiking, horseback riding, and paddling. This is also the busiest season in terms of tourists, so if that’s a concern you might want to go in late spring or early fall for decent weather and fewer visitors to bump elbows with. In places like Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and around Iguazu Falls, it will be hot and crowded, making those areas best experienced in the spring or autumn months.
December - February
If you plan to stick around Buenos Aires, it will be hot and humid during the summer. It’s not uncommon for temperatures to spike into the triple digits Fahrenheit although evenings are more comfortable, typically in the 60s. Locals make their escapes now but there will be more tourists. It won’t be much different in Mendoza either. The Iguazu Falls area is tropical with hot, humid weather but travels further west and it will be more arid though the mercury can still rise to 100 or above. Patagonia in the south is most accessible this time of year. You’ll be able to take in the stunning natural attractions at their full splendor but making travel arrangements as far in advance as possible is a must as everyone else will be coming too. January and February tend to draw the most visitors while temperatures range from the upper 60s to low 70s on average.
March - May
The autumn months are particularly ideal for visiting the wineries around Mendoza. It’s also a great time to be in the Lake District, with not only more pleasant temperatures but there will be brilliant hues of orange in the beech trees along with copper and gold vines. The streets won’t be as crowded in Buenos Aires and there’s a nice, crisp feel in the air with temperatures typically in the 60s and 70s. At night it will be cool enough to require a few layers to stay comfortable. The season also brings a variety of local festivals and often discounted room rates. In Patagonia, March, and April, in particular, are great times for sightseeing with sunshine plentiful and temperatures ranging from the 40s to 60s. It won’t be as crowded and accommodation rates drop but you’ll need to be aware that many attractions will be closed in preparation for the coming whale watching season.
June - August
During the winter months around Buenos Aires and Mendoza, daytime highs are generally in the 50s and 60s and it won’t get below freezing at night, with temperatures around 45 degrees or higher. While the weather is the chilliest it will be all year, most attractions will be open and the Buenos Aires Tango Festival will kick off in August. While the beaches will be closed, this is the season for skiing the slopes. The snow-covered Andes beckon to skiers, while the Atlantic shores of Patagonia will be drawing wildlife enthusiasts to watch for whales. If you come now, you’ll want to bundle up with winds that make it feel even colder. Southern Patagonia will be quiet in terms of tourism, but you’ll need to confirm that attractions are open before making the trek. Lakeside towns will be brimming with tourists despite temperatures falling into the 30s or even the 20s.
September - November
Spring is beautiful throughout Argentina. In Buenos Aires the city’s violet jacaranda trees will be blooming while a thousand different types of roses can be seen along the Rose Garden Walk. Daytime highs may be anywhere from the 60s to the 80s, so it’s not too cool or too hot and hotel rooms are more affordable now too, with most tourists not arriving until the start of summer. The beaches can still be quite chilly, especially with the spring winds. If you go in late spring, you’ll have a better chance for warmer, calmer weather. This season is lovely in the Lake District which comes alive with colorful wildflowers. In Patagonia, the weather is relatively mild with highs in the 50s, but you’ll still need warm clothes for the strong winds. It can be ideal for exploring without the biggest crowds, but you’ll still need to make your reservations as early as possible, especially in Atlantic Patagonia.
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