Best time to visit Argentina

Updated: 15th July 2021

Argentinean Patagonia in autumn - Best Time to Visit
The beautiful colours of autumn decorate Patagonia's dramatic landscapes

Argentina at a Glance: Best Time to Visit

Recommended time to visit: With four distinct seasons, Argentina is a year round destination, but the climate varies across the country. If visiting Patagonia, then December - March is considered the best time to visit, whilst the cooler months of April - October are best suited to exploring Buenos Aires.

Less popular time to visit: There really isn't a bad time to visit Argentina. But the coldest months are during winter from June - August. In terms of rainfall, it depends where you're travelling. Bariloche is wettest from May - August and Buenos Aires from October - March. Iguazu sees heavy rainfall all year round, whilst Patagonia rarely sees a shower!

Best time for wine: Autumn (March - May) is a great time to visit the Mendoza winelands, with thinner crowds and stunning scenery as the colors of the trees begin to change.

Best time to explore Patagonia: Patagonia is at its warmest and most beautiful during the summer months of December - March, especially Bariloche and El Calafate.

Best time to visit Iguazu: The mighty falls are impressive year round, but to see them at their fullest, December is the month to visit.

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Best time to visit Iguazu Falls in Argentina

Given its location close to the equator, there is never really a bad time to visit the Iguazu Falls when it comes to the weather. While the temperature does fluctuate throughout the year, it rarely drops below 10 degrees Celsius. What really determines the best time to visit the falls depends on what you want to get out of your experience. Argentineans are on holiday from January to February, making this one of the busiest times to visit the falls along with Easter. If you want to skip the crowds then you should avoid travelling during this time.

The rainy season, from December to March, sees higher temperatures, a lot of humidity and high water levels, making the falls seem all the more powerful. On the downside, high water levels might make San Martin Island inaccessible and sometimes the heat can be a bit overbearing. From April through to October, blue skies prevail, making for the best photo opportunities, and the weather is much milder. However, during this time the low water levels might detract from the magnificence of the falls. Visiting the Argentinean side of the falls is all about getting up close and personal with the cascades so visiting when they are in full flow is a great way to experience them. Generally, people agree that the shoulder months of March, April and September are the best times to go as the water levels are still reasonably high and it isn’t too hot.

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