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When is the Best Time to Visit Patagonia?

Many consider the summer season as the best time to visit Patagonia. However, we recommend the shoulder seasons (October – November, and March – April) when travelers can enjoy walking the trails with fewer crowds. From October to November, Patagonia blossoms into spring with wildflowers of every color. From March to April, autumnal hues of fall transform the national park into a spectacular display.

December to February is the most popular time to visit as the days are longest and the chances of good weather are highest, but that comes with larger numbers of visitors. Patagonia weather follows the same patterns throughout the whole region, however the Lake District including Bariloche, Puerto Varas, and Pucon being further north is warmer.

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“If you are looking to travel during a shoulder season, October, November, and April are great months to explore Patagonia as there are fewer visitors during these months. My favorite time of year to visit Patagonia is April as it enables you to experience the vibrant fall colors and escape the crowds of the peak summer months.”

Mike Bonnett

Patagonia Travel Expert

Visiting Patagonia in Spring: September to November

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Spring in Patagonia (September – November)

September is when Patagonia transitions from the cold winter season into a blossoming spring! Spring is one of our favorite times to explore Patagonia as the temperatures are moderate and the region welcomes colorful wildflowers. It is a wonderful time to examine the natural plant species and wildlife of the area. There are also smaller amounts of travelers exploring the area at this time – leaving the hiking trails open for many.

Note: While temperatures are beginning to rise and it may be warm during the day, make sure to pack warm clothing as Patagonia’s nighttime still experiences chilly weather.

Patagonia Weather in the Spring

Torres del Paine

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12ᵒ C / 53ᵒ F
Ushuaia

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10ᵒ C / 50ᵒ F
Bariloche

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16ᵒ C / 60ᵒ F

Things to Do in Patagonia in the Spring

Be the first to hit the famous hiking trails of Patagonia. One of the major advantages of visiting Patagonia during spring is that it is considered one of the shoulders seasons. With hiking trails throughout the region reopening after Winter, visitors will find national parks and landmarks relatively quiet. The trekking trails begin to reopen again with the end of Winter, however, ski resorts often remain open during early Spring. Visitors can enjoy the best of both seasons, hitting the dramatic slopes of Patagonia’s various mountains and trekking through its pristine national parks. Combine a trip to one of Chile’s famous ski resorts & then continue south to Patagonia.

Visiting Patagonia in Summer: December to February

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Summer in Patagonia (December – February)

Summer in Patagonia is the peak season for a reason. In general, December weather in Patagonia is ideal. Especially in central areas, the sun is shining and the daily high temperatures begin to linger leaving the trekking trails in perfect condition. All of the natural attractions are easily accessible and travelers are able to explore the region and its wildlife in its full splendor.

Note: The busiest travel times for Patagonia are from December to February with a big influx of visitors during the holiday season so it is best to book your trip to Patagonia well in advance when traveling during these months.

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Patagonia Weather in the Summer

Torres del Paine

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16ᵒ C / 61ᵒ F
Ushuaia

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14ᵒ C / 57ᵒ F
Bariloche

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24ᵒ C / 75ᵒ F

Top Things to Do in Patagonia in the Summer

Summer is the best time for hiking in Patagonia. With longer days, warmer weather and the most comfortable temperatures in the year, the various trekking trails of Patagonia are most accessible during Summer. Additionally, travelers will have the most options for excursion tours and accommodation at this time. Ecolodges, resorts, tour groups, and campgrounds that may close during winter, will be open for the season.

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Visiting Patagonia in Autumn: March to May

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Autumn in Patagonia (March – May)

Patagonia during the Fall is the second “shoulder season” for travelers. It’s another opportunity to explore the region when the summer season is dying down and the region becomes much more comfortable to explore with fewer visitors.

While the temperatures of the park start to cool, the leaves of the region transform into beautiful autumnal hues leaving any traveler in awe of the surrounding natural beauty. It’s during this time that the contrast of colors makes visiting Patagonia during the Fall one of the best times of the year. And while the weather becomes a bit cooler, in general, the days stay dry and the famous treks are still available to tourists.

Note: it starts to become a bit cooler temperatures during this time. The weather can also be a bit more unpredictable – you might experience a variation in weather in just one day!

Patagonia Weather in the Autumn

Torres del Paine

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11ᵒ C / 52ᵒ F
Ushuaia

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9ᵒ C / 49ᵒ F
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16ᵒ C / 60ᵒ F

Top Things to Do in Patagonia in Autumn

A tour through Patagonia’s most popular national parks like Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares are among the top things to do in Autumn. Regarded as the shoulder season, visitors at this time will find popular trails and natural landmarks significantly less crowded than during the summer season. Temperatures will begin to cool, however, continue to be comfortable for outdoor exploration. Additionally, the transition from Summer to Fall coats Patagonia with a beautiful display of Fall colors, with forests bursting in hues of reds and oranges throughout these national parks.

Visiting Patagonia in Winter: June to August

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Winter in Patagonia (June – August)

While yes, many trails and lodges shut down in Patagonia during the winter, it is a common misconception that it’s too cold to visit – we’re here to tell you that that is not the case. In fact, Patagonia during the winter is the perfect time to pull out your skis and snowboards and hit the slopes at one of Chile’s most reputable resorts.

Note: Services in and around the park are limited during the winter season and the weather conditions.

Patagonia Weather in the Winter

Torres del Paine

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5ᵒ C / 41ᵒ F
Ushuaia

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4ᵒ C / 40ᵒ F
Bariloche

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8ᵒ C / 46ᵒ F

Things to do in Patagonia in the Winter

The best things to do in Patagonia during Winter can be found in the mountains. Patagonia is world-famous for its impressive peaks and during Winter, many of these dramatic slopes are open for winter sports. Tour through some of the continent’s top ski resorts, like El Calafate. Bariloche or Cerro Castor, to name a few. From skiing, snowboarding, cross-country hiking or snowmobiling, the climate of Patagonia provides the ideal weather and conditions for enjoying the best of Winter.

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FAQs

What is the best time to visit Patagonia? ›

The best time to visit Patagonia is in the austral Spring and Summer, between September and March. Days are longer and warmer and there's less rainfall than other times of the year. However, the few who are lucky enough to visit in winter are tend to experience less wind and more blue sky days.

How much time do you need for Patagonia? ›

Planning Your Trip to Patagonia

To get the most out of the experience, plan on 7-10 days. That will give you enough time to explore two different regions, visit famous glaciers, and enjoy rewarding circuit hikes through the area's beautiful national parks.

When should I go to Patagonia Argentina? ›

November to March is the best time to visit Patagonia, with warmth and longer days on both the Chile and Argentina sides. Southern nights last a scant six hours, although night frosts and sleet can occur in the highlands even in summer. Mid-November to mid-December is less crowded, with spring blooms.

Is October a good month to visit Patagonia? ›

October in Patagonia is the heart of spring and prime shoulder season—a great time to visit the region's most popular spots before peak crowds arrive. Hint: This is a favorite month for savvy travelers in the know.

Is it better to see Patagonia from Chile or Argentina? ›

If you're hoping to spot some incredible wildlife in Patagonia, Argentina is the best place to do it. While you can spot the elusive puma and cute guanacos in Chile, you'll have the chance to see Magellanic penguins, fur seals and fascinating birds like the austral parakeet in Ushuaia.

Is Patagonia worth seeing? ›

Many are the attractions that can be seen both on the Argentine and the Chilean side of Patagonia—Yes, Patagonia spreads between Chile and Argentina and it's absolutely worth visiting both of them if you have the chance. In both countries, the region occupies half of the territory and only has 2 million inhabitants.

How fit do you have to be to hike Patagonia? ›

If you are comfortable hiking for 4 hours a day, 2 days in a row while carrying a 10kg to 15kg backpack, you will be fine.

How much does it cost to visit Patagonia? ›

This adds up to $1,400-$1,540 USD plus flights and tours for the cost of two weeks in Patagonia, for two people traveling on a budget.
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How much does it cost to go to Patagonia for two people?
ExpenseCost (daily)
Accommodation$45-$55 USD
Food$20 USD
Transportation$35 USD
Total$100-$110 USD = $50-$55 USD per person
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Can you travel Patagonia on your own? ›

Traveling by car through Patagonia can be a great experience, but it's not convenient for solo travelers. If you're on a tight budget, we recommend options such as bus, airplane or ferry (there are no trains in Patagonia). The distances are vast in southern Chile, so fuel expenses will be high.

What airport do you fly into for Patagonia? ›

You can fly straight to Patagonia's main airport, Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ), but you may experience long layovers in other cities or countries. Flights are most likely to stop in Chile at the Santiago International Airport (SCL). Consider booking a flight to Patagonia's El Calafate International Airport (FTE) first.

How cold is Patagonia in September? ›

In Spring (September-November), you can expect it to be warm during the day but can still be chilly, strong winds, cold nights, and a strong possibility of rain. Temperatures likely range between lows in the 30s (3-7 degrees Celsius) and highs in the 60s (14-18 degrees Celsius).

How cold is Patagonia in October? ›

October Temperatures in Patagonia

Daytime highs in October average 57°F making it an ideal temperature for outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing and sailing. Overnight, the temperate drops to an average of 34°F.

What is Patagonia like in September? ›

As it's still technically winter in Patagonia, September is a chilly month; you'll find snow on the ground and temperatures of around 5 degrees in El Calafate, for example. Lots of operators, hotels and lodges are still closed for the Winter.

What is the coldest month in Patagonia? ›

Quick Climate Info
Coldest MonthJuly (45 °F avg)
Wettest MonthJune (0.36" avg)
Windiest MonthDecember (16 mph avg)
Annual precip.2.29" (per year)
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What is the best part of Patagonia? ›

Top places to go in Patagonia
  • Lake District, Argentina & Chile. Alpine scenery & snow-capped volcanoes. ...
  • Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. See Southern Right whales, penguins & sea birds. ...
  • Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina. See huge chunks of ice crash into water. ...
  • Torres del Paine, Chile. ...
  • Tierra del Fuego, Argentina & Chile.

Are there cougars in Patagonia? ›

The puma - also known as “mountain lion” and “cougar” in North America - is the fourth largest cat in the world, after the tiger, the lion and the jaguar. It is also the most widely distributed mammal in the Americas; the puma concolor can indeed be seen from Alaska to Patagonia.

What city is closest to Patagonia? ›

Patagonia is a remote region, roughly 1500km south of the nearest capital cities, Santiago and Buenos Aires, one of which will be your point of arrival if travelling internationally.

Do they speak English in Patagonia? ›

What language is spoken in Patagonia? Spanish is the official and predominant language in both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. English is spoken in locations frequented by foreign visitors or larger cities, but in rural areas and away from hotels, English is rarely spoken.

Can you do Patagonia without a guide? ›

The simple answer is yes, you can hike Patagonia without a guide, and there are certainly some perks. If you're looking to move at your own pace – stopping to admire views, take photos and be in the moment – then self-guided trekking will award you this privilege.

Are there snakes in Patagonia? ›

If you're not one who hopes to encounter spiders and reptiles, fear not! There are no venomous snakes known in Patagonia, and it is highly unlikely that you'll encounter any poisonous crawlers.

What is so special about Patagonia? ›

Endless Wild Landscapes

There's no denying that Patagonia has a wide variety of unique landscapes in the region. With virgin forests, glaciers, snow capped mountains, rivers, volcanoes and more, this remote region proves to be a true paradise for nature-lovers, adventure-seekers and photographers alike.

Should I wear leggings or jeans to hike? ›

The very short answer is: you probably shouldn't wear jeans while hiking. You'll be much better off wearing a pair of hiking pants because they're lighter, more comfortable, chafe less and retain less moisture.

Is it better to hike in jeans or leggings? ›

Although it may seem counterintuitive, leggings that offer a snugger, more secure fit are often more comfortable when you're hiking. Although the zippers and pouches aren't normally as big as they are in regular pants, there are still plenty of hiking leggings that offer pockets.

Are jeans or leggings better for hiking? ›

Conclusion. Hiking pants take the edge for hikes with more extreme weather conditions and longer duration. Some hiking leggings are fine for light showers and wind for a few hours at a time but aren't going to hold up as well as pants over a 3-day hike in rough weather.

Do US citizens need visa for Patagonia? ›

Do I need a tourist visa in Patagonia? No. With a valid US or Canadian passport you won't need a visa to enter either Argentine or Chilean Patagonia for tourism or business travel up to 90 days.

Do you have to book Patagonia in advance? ›

The park authorities are strict, and once the lodges and campsites are fully booked, they will not allow any additional trekkers to sleep inside of the national park. With this in mind, it's important to know when to book and how far in advance you would need to plan your trip. .

Who owns most of Patagonia? ›

Under Patagonia's new business structure, company shares have been split between two new entities: the Patagonia Purpose Trust, and the Holdfast Collective charity. The Collective gets 98% of total shares while the Trust gets just 2%.

Is there a train from Buenos Aires to Patagonia? ›

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Is there a train through Patagonia? ›

The "Tren Patagonico" is a passenger rail service that connects the northern Patagonian Atlantic coast with San Carlos de Bariloche in the Argentinean Andes.

How do I prepare for Patagonia? ›

Preparation for Patagonia Trek

Our Patagonia Trek requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning), and hiking-specific training (via hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for success on a high altitude trek.

What country is close to Patagonia? ›

In the southernmost part of South America, Patagonia occupies 260,000 square miles spanning Argentina and Chile. The region is known for dramatic mountain peaks, an abundance of glaciers and an array of unique wildlife. 6.

Is it hard to get to Patagonia? ›

Patagonia is easily accessible by either car or bus from the capital cities of Argentina and Chile. Though, the journey will be several hours longer than that of flying. These routes are for riders who wish to travel leisurely and enjoy the changing landscapes up close.

Can you drive to Patagonia from the US? ›

You can drive from California to Patagonia following the Pan-American highway. The only interruption presents itself in between Panama and Colombia where you will have to ship your car between continents because the Darien Gap is an impassable section of dangerous jungle.

Can I go to Patagonia in August? ›

Highs typically fall in the 40s and drop to the 30s at night with several variations due to microclimates. In Patagonia, it can still get quite cold and very wet in August, so this may not be the best time to visit the highlights unless, of course, you are taking part in snow sports available in higher altitudes.

How to spend 10 days in Patagonia? ›

Patagonia in 10 Days or Less
  1. Day 1: Buenos Aires.
  2. Day 2: Travel day to El Chalten.
  3. Day 3: Laguna de los Tres Hike.
  4. Day 4: Fitz Roy Hike.
  5. Day 5: El Calafate and Perito Morena Glacier.
  6. Day 6: Travel Day to Puerto Natales.
  7. Day 7: Towers Hike.
  8. Day 8: Salto Grande Waterfall + Lago Grey.
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Is it always windy in Patagonia? ›

Patagonia is known for its often windy conditions. For most part of the year, you can expect winds with a speed of about 15 - 20 km/h (9 - 13 mph). In the summer months however, winds pick up and they can even reach speeds of about 120 km/h (74 mph).

Can you go to Patagonia in September? ›

September is a transition month in Patagonia, when the region comes out of hibernation in preparation for the upcoming high season. This is also the best time for spring skiing at the mountain resorts and whale watching around Península Valdés.

What month is fall in Patagonia? ›

Fall: March, April and May

Much like the northern US, Patagonian has beautiful fall foliage from March to May. Temperatures are a bit cooler throughout the region. But it's still reasonable weather for hiking so long as you pack some extra layers.

Are Patagonia jackets actually warm? ›

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Is September a good month to visit Argentina? ›

September marks the official transition from winter to spring, and it's a beautiful time to visit most areas of Argentina. Buenos Aires, the starting point for most international visitors, sees highs in the mid-60s with only a few days of rain in September as the city's famous jacaranda trees start to bloom.

Is it cold in Argentina in September? ›

Argentina Weather in September

September is warm and dry for the most part in north and northwest Argentina. Salta receives plenty of sunshine, and clouds subside gradually as the month progresses. The average daytime temperature in this part of the country hovers around 21°C, perfect for walking tours.

What are the warmest months in Patagonia? ›

Summer (December, January & February):

We highly recommend to visit Patagonia during summer (December to March), since it is the warmest time of year, of course, with average high temperatures of around 15°C but in this time infamous winds are at their strongest and can reach over 120 miles an hour.

How many hours of daylight does Patagonia get? ›

On average per day, Patagonia receives 8-10 hours of daylight.

How cold is Patagonia in July? ›

There's no getting around it, July is Patagonia's coldest and wettest month. Temperatures in southern towns typically stick in the 30s, while northern towns will see daily highs in the upper 40s, with a whole slew of microclimates depending on where you travel and the altitude.

How cold is Patagonia in May? ›

May in Patagonia

The next few months in Patagonia bring the coldest weather as winter rolls in; during the day the high will be somewhere between 20-30 fahrenheit. However, the lakeside towns and those hosting ski resorts, like Bariloche and Ushuaia, are still buzzing with activity.

How many days do you need in Patagonia? ›

For most people, spending 7 to 10 days should be enough to thoroughly enjoy the region. To be clear, you won't nearly be able to experience everything Patagonia has to offer in the 7 to 10 days. Additionally, different seasons will have very different experiences to offer.

What is the best month to visit Patagonia? ›

The best time to visit Patagonia is in the austral Spring and Summer, between September and March. Days are longer and warmer and there's less rainfall than other times of the year. However, the few who are lucky enough to visit in winter are tend to experience less wind and more blue sky days.

What food is Patagonia famous for? ›

Patagonia's most famous dish has to be this spit roast lamb, cooked over an open log fire for several hours until the outside is crisp and the meat falls off the bone. This method of cooking gives the meat a smoky and perfumed mouth-watering flavour, a must-have for any meat-lover.

Where do you fly into to go to Patagonia? ›

You can fly straight to Patagonia's main airport, Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ), but you may experience long layovers in other cities or countries. Flights are most likely to stop in Chile at the Santiago International Airport (SCL). Consider booking a flight to Patagonia's El Calafate International Airport (FTE) first.

Which part of Patagonia is the best? ›

Top places to go in Patagonia
  • Lake District, Argentina & Chile. Alpine scenery & snow-capped volcanoes. ...
  • Peninsula Valdes, Argentina. See Southern Right whales, penguins & sea birds. ...
  • Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina. See huge chunks of ice crash into water. ...
  • Torres del Paine, Chile. ...
  • Tierra del Fuego, Argentina & Chile.

Do you need to train to hike Patagonia? ›

Preparation for Patagonia Trek

Our Patagonia Trek requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning), and hiking-specific training (via hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for success on a high altitude trek.

Can you drive through Patagonia? ›

Yes! Plenty of visitors head to the region as part of a road trip, driving down from Santiago (the Chilean capital), Buenos Aires (the Argentine capital) or cities further south on the periphery of Patagonia such as Puerto Montt, where rental costs are affordable.

What is the most popular food in Patagonia? ›

Patagonia's most famous dish has to be this spit roast lamb, cooked over an open log fire for several hours until the outside is crisp and the meat falls off the bone. This method of cooking gives the meat a smoky and perfumed mouth-watering flavour, a must-have for any meat-lover.

Is Patagonia the most beautiful place on earth? ›

Jagged glaciers, snow-topped peaks, glittering turquoise lakes and lively beech forests make Patagonia one of the most dramatically beautiful landscapes in the world.

Can you visit Patagonia in September? ›

When is the best time to visit Patagonia? Patagonia in September is a great option, hotels are just reopening after the cold winter months and are not full up with reservations and days are quickly getting longer.

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