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Best Time to Visit Argentina

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Landscape of lakes and mountains in the Lake District of Argentina

Bariloche, Argentina

Argentina is majestic in its diversity, with a subtropical north and subantarctic south, high-altitude plains and subpolar forests making the best time to visit between April to June or October to December.

The country feels familiar and unpredictable, which only adds to its alluring drama, which is fed by the legendary tango, mouthwatering cuisine, dynamic wines, and myths of the gaucho.

From pristine glaciers to quiet lakes, lively cafes to decadent chocolates, you can discover the different perspectives of Argentina with the following guide that gives you more information on the best time to visit for your trip.

Best Time for Sightseeing

The Piramide de Mayo (May Pyramid), on Plaza de Mayo square, the oldest national monument in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza de Mayo Square in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Months: October | November | December | January | February | March | April

The best time to visit Argentina for sightseeing takes into account the weather and the crowds, with shoulder season and summer from October to April giving you the most diversity. The climate is really diverse across the country and the sizable distance between destinations also means you can experience dramatically different weather patterns when visiting places like Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu, and Patagonia in a single trip. But spring, summer, and fall give you the chance to experience the best of Argentina.

Best Time for a Trekking

Man trekking in Ushuaia, Argentina with views the Martial Mountains and the Beagle Channel

Ushuaia, Argentina

Best Months: November | December | January | February

Trekking in Argentina gives you front-row views of the dramatic scenery, especially between November and February. The summer months give you the most chances for the best hiking experiences around the country, sending you around Ushuaia, El Calafate, Cerro Arco or Cerro de la Cruz. Warmer weather, consistent sunshine, and longer daylight hours make trekking that much easier and lay the foundations for crowds of people eager to experience Argentina’s exceptional outdoors.

Best time for Patagonia

Autumn foliage on the river banks in Argentinian Patagonia with Mt Fitz Roy in the background

Mt Fitz Roy in Argentine Patagonia

Best Months: January | February | March | July | August

Patagonia is a place of extreme weather and supreme beauty, making the summer and heart of winter the best times to visit. January to March and July to August give you opposite ends of the spectrum of beauty. Summer in Patagonia is ripe with lush forest and sunny skies, giving you ample time to trek, cycle, or visit remote glaciers. The winter blankets Patagonia in snow, making it an exceptional ski or snowboarding destination. The activities and crowds are around for most of the year, further supporting the elegance and grand allure of the region.

Best Time for Wine Tasting

Covered outdoor seating area surrounded by vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina, with mountains in the background

Vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina

The best time for wine tasting in Argentina is from October to December and again between April and June. These months take into consideration crowds, the weather, and the harvest, including the National Grape Harvest Festival in March. The days can range from warm to cool and crisp, but the colors of spring to fall are dynamic and outline the charm of the wine regions, whether you are visiting Salta or Mendoza, Rio Negro or Cordoba.

Best Time for Horseback Riding

Gaucho horseback riding through the Argentinian grasslands

The Pampas region in Argentina

Best Months: November | December | January | February

The best months for horseback riding in Argentina are from November to February, which covers the edge of spring and all of summer. The warm weather makes it easier to experience the trails around the country, whether you prefer to ride on the mountain slopes or travel down the famous pampas. You can learn the history of gauchos, live the life of an estancia, or simply enjoy the great expanse of Argentina’s captivating scenery on horseback adventures.

Best time for Iguazu Falls

Tourist on bridge walkway and viewing platform taking in the massive waterfalls at Iguazu in Argentina

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Best Months: March | April | August | September

The best time to visit Iguazu Falls is in early fall or early spring, which takes place between March and April or August and September. In spring, the crowds are generally smaller and the weather is nicer, as the subtropical summer heat subsides. There is also plenty of leftover rainfall from the wet summer months to keep the falls gushing. At the early edge of fall, you have clearer days, pleasant temperatures, and also drier weather, which makes the water clearer.

Best Time for Family Travel

Family kayaking Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina

Nahuel Huapi Lake in Bariloche, Argentina

Best Months: October | November | December | January | February | March | April

Argentina is a great place to travel as a family in spring, summer, and fall, which takes place from October to April. The nice weather around the country gives you the best chances for an immersive trip encompassing distinctive culture, diverse landscapes, and exciting activities that are perfect for families with children of any age. A Boca Juniors soccer game, cycling around Bariloche, or touching the End of the World at Ushuaia further support the endless possibilities Argentina has for a family trip.

Best Time for Couples

Couple holding hands standing on lake looking the night starry sky and mountain reflection in Patagonia Argentina

Puelo Lake in Patagonia, Argentina

Best Months: October | November | March | April | May | June

The best time to visit Argentina for couples takes into account things like weather, crowds, and seclusion, which you can find between October and November, and again from March to June. You can find more romance in isolated corners of the country, with secluded properties that have that quintessential ambiance, as well as thrilling outdoor activities marked with stunning vistas. You can also enjoy exclusive experiences for intimate memories that only Argentina can provide when traveling in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall.

Spring and Summer Activities

Young female is hiking under Mt Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National park in Patagonia, Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

Best Months: October | November | December | January

Spring and summer in the southern hemisphere include October, November, December, and January, which are great times to visit Argentina. Activities like tango or visiting museums can take place year-round, but other adventures are more conditional on the weather. October, November, December, and January give you the best weather for activities that are more weather-dependent and can change based on the region, but also help define the Argentine experience. These include:

Wine | Food | Hiking | Kayaking

Fall and Winter Activities

Skier at Cerro Catedral Ski Resort, Bariloche, Argentina, with lake and mountain views

Cerro Catedral Ski Resort, Bariloche, Argentina

Best Months: April | May | July | August

The best months to visit Argentina during the southern hemisphere’s fall and winter are April, May, July, and August. The temperatures can vary greatly across the country from north to south, and are most dramatic between Iguazu and Ushuaia. Fall and winter give you a completely different experience to spring and summer, from skiing instead of hiking, to the International Tango Festival. Other excursions and activities in Argentina in fall and winter include:

Ski | Snowboard | Tango | Iguazu | Whale Watching | Wine | Wildlife

More Travel information & Tips

Group of people dancing tango at an outdoor milonga in Buenos, Aires, Argentina

Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina is famous for its spirit and natural beauty, with unique conditions that support tropical and subantarctic wildlife, as well as the captivating culture of Buenos Aires. Knowing the exciting things to do will help you figure out the best time to visit Argentina, which can depend on whether you want to trek over glaciers or witness powerful waterfalls. Thinking of traveling soon? You can speak with an Argentina travel expert free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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