Best time to visit Argentina

Updated: 13th June 2019

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

Seasons and Weather

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons in Argentina are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere. From September to November the country enjoys a spring-like climate with pleasant sightseeing conditions across the nation, while the summer months of December to February offer particularly good conditions to explore the likes of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in the south. Days are longer, temperatures are cool and there is less snow making it easy to explore these beautiful landscapes. Buenos Aires is warmest at this time of year, though it can get quite muggy in the city.

Autumn lasts from March to May and is a wonderful time to visit Mendoza and other wine regions just in time for the grape harvest. Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are also a joy to explore at this time as the landscape transforms into a stunning autumnal hue before the temperatures begin to plummet. Winter arrives in June and is the perfect time to head up into the ski resorts of the Andean Mountains. The northern reaches of the country are also great to visit at this time as the temperatures cool down offering pleasant sightseeing conditions.

In the far north, Iguazu Falls is hot and humid year-round and can be visited at any time. To the west the climate starts to become drier as you approach Salta and even more so further to the Atacama Desert. During the day in the summer months the temperature here can reach a scorching 40 C, while in winter it is much more pleasant.

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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 around 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.

Climate | Buenos Aires

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C1717161285668101316
Temp Max °C292826221814141618212428
Rainfall (mm)7971109897661566179868499

Climate | Ushuaia

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C66531-1-101345
Temp Max °C1515131075569111314
Rainfall (mm)433149473952343441373947

Climate | Iguazu Falls

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C212020171413121314181820
Temp Max °C333232292524242728303133
Rainfall (mm)1071127382128102486696126109101
Tango in Argentina - Argentina Tours - On The Go Tours
The steamy dance of tango is celebrated with a two-week-long festival

Festivals and Events

Brimming with colour and history, it should come as little surprise that Argentina plays host to a number of exciting festivals throughout the year. With tango performances, live music, religious ceremonies and all kinds of seasonal snacks and beverages, Argentina’s myriad festivals have something to suit every taste.

Gualeguaychu Carnival

Running every Saturday throughout the majority of January and February, the Gualeguaychu Carnival is one of Argentina’s most popular and highly anticipated festivals of the year. Comparsas - local dance groups - take to the streets, colourful and sequinned, to show off their choreography and synchronicity as audience members cheer and shout. This is the ultimate festival for anyone looking to blow off some steam and let go of their inhibitions.

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film

This incredible event brings people from every corner of the globe in celebration of all the fantastic films that are being made around the world but which never make it to commercial screens. Every year, a whole host of films are played in various cinemas around the city, drawing in crowds by the dozen and sparking meaningful conversations between fellow film-goers. Standard ‘best film’ and ‘best actor/actress’ awards are given out as well as some more unique titles such as ‘film of the future’ and the ‘UNICEF human rights award’.

ArteBA – Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Fair

One of Latin America’s biggest contemporary art fairs, ArteBA is spread out across several days and sees artists from around the world mingle and showcase their work. One of the main draws, especially for local artists that are yet to establish a presence in the art world, is the chance to get noticed on an international scale. With a huge range of events and exhibitions, there is something at this festival for everyone.

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Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial

No Argentinean export has quite the same global reputation as tango. One of the most sensual and passionate dances in existence, tango is treated to its own fortnight-long festival, which consists of a dance showcase as well as a world cup. Thousands of dancers from around the world flock to Argentina’s bustling capital to compete for the title of ‘world champion’. Expect flamboyant costumes and jaw-dropping performances.

Festival Ciudad Emergente

The Ciudad Emergente festival is all about emerging and underground art and music. It is the ultimate promotion of self-expression among youths in Argentina. While art and music are mainstays at the events, there are dozens of other categories in which young people can showcase their talent, such as comedy, dance, film, theatre and fashion. For the headline events, huge venues fill up with energetic young people as DJs and VJs (real-time visual performers) take to the stage and wow the crowds.

Oktoberfest

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could take all the best bits of Oktoberfest and transport them away from Germany to a country with better weather? Welcome to Argentina’s National Beer Festival. Steins of beer and lederhosen speckle the town of Cordoba as Argentina pays homage to one of the world’s booziest festivals. When you need to take a break from drinking, head over to one of the many food stands and pick up some traditional wurst or apfelstrudel.

Upcoming events

To help plan your visit to Argentina, here's a calendar of the upcoming festivals and events taking place. This is by no means an exhaustive list so if you are thinking of heading to Argentina outside of these dates and want to know what's on, check out a more comprehensive list here.

2019:

August 15th-28th - Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial (Buenos Aires)
September 12th-15th - Festival Ciudad Emergente (Buenos Aires)
October 4th-14th - Oktoberfest (Cordoba)

2020:

January-March TBC - Gualeguaychu Carnival (Gualeguaychu)
April TBC- ArteBA – Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Fair (Buenos Aires)
April TBC - Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film (Buenos Aires)

There's also a number of national holidays in Argentina and on these dates many businesses and some tourist sites will close for the day so plan your visit accordingly.

See Also

For further information to help plan your trip to Argentina, see the following:

Best Places to Visit - cities, national parks and more
Top Travel Tips - covering everything from money to health, food to shopping
Tourist Visas - know what visa you need prior to travel

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