When to Go to Argentina
Argentina by season
As the world’s eighth largest country, with a huge range of geographical features, it is inevitable that Argentina's weather varies considerably. As such, it is a year-round destination – there’s always somewhere with good weather. All four seasons occur in Argentina, although they are the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. To help you decide when’s best for you to travel, we’ve summarised the year below:
September to November
Argentina’s spring brings mild, sunny days and cool nights, with temperatures ranging from 20°C in the north to 8°C in Patagonia. Rainfall levels are low, so this is a lovely time to visit, especially as the wildflowers bloom around Bariloche and the Andean meadows, perfect timing for hiking and biking adventures in the mountains.
Oktoberfest Argentina: to coincide with the famous German version, Argentina hosts this rather raucous five-day beer festival in Cordoba province. Come to drink German beer and eat pretzels.
Gay Pride: in November, Buenos Aires’ annual gay pride event takes place, with bars and clubs putting on special rainbow-themed parties, and a huge parade taking place, attended by many thousands of revellers.
December to February
Argentina’s summer is the warmest time of year, with temperatures hitting the high twenties in the north, but remaining cooler in the south. The chance of rain is highest in summer, and the river levels at Iguassu are at their fullest, with the waterfall at its most impressive. Many Porteños take time off during the Argentine summer, meaning Buenos Aires is quieter – if you can cope with the heat, this is a great time to visit the city.
Penguins: from September to March, head to Peninsula Valdes, where you’ve a very good chance of spotting the resident Magellanic penguins waddling in from the sea.
Orcas: the mighty orca can also be seen splashing about off the coast of Peninsula Valdes between September and April. Your best chance of seeing one is at high tide, when you might also glimpse a dusky dolphin or two.
March to May
Autumn brings sunny days and pleasant temperatures to Argentina. In the north, days remain warm, with temperatures in the low 20s, but Patagonia begins to cool down considerably, with temperatures down to 6°C. It’s a pretty season to visit though, with very little rainfall making this the ideal time for trekking in the mountains, especially as the country’s vineyards and forests turn delightful shades of reds and golds.
Grape Harvest Festival: in March, residents of Mendoza celebrate the year’s crop with beauty pageants, songs, dancing and brightly-coloured costumes, many covered in sequins.
Tilcara Carnival Festival: in Tilcara, a city in Argentina’s far north, locals thank the earth for its gifts with this vibrant nine-day celebration, held in March, which includes offerings and colourful costumes.
June to August
For ski lovers, May to September is the ideal time to come to Argentina. By now, snow has reached Mendoza and Bariloche and the powder is magnificent. Despite it being winter, northern Argentina is warm, averaging around 14°C, but in Patagonia and the Andes temperatures approach freezing. The cooler temperatures and fresh air make this a great time to visit Buenos Aires while, if you head to the east coast, you’ve a good chance of spotting southern right whales.
Independence Day: Argentina’s Independence Day, July 9th, is celebrated all over the country with loud music, parties, and furious waving of the Argentine flag.
Buenos Aires World Tango Festival: in Buenos Aires in August, the birthplace of tango celebrates its favourite dance as competitors from all over the globe compete to be crowned world champion.