a year-round destination
Contrary to common thought, Patagonia is a year-round destination and each season is unique in its own way. Within the seasons, there is really no better or worse time to visit. Rather, one should plan a Patagonia adventure based on your interests and determine which season is the right season for you. Below are a few highlights of each season to help you choose the best time of the year to go.
You will have the same opportunities to spot the different species that inhabit the area year-round, yet there are a few migratory exceptions that are best seen in spring and summer. The high season for tourism tends to be from early October to late April, and the lower season from May - September.
The highest season tends to be the general holidays and vacation weeks around the world. If you are planning your Patagonia getaway during the popular "holiday" weeks, we recommend you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your desired travel date and when possible, even sooner.
Regardless of whether you travel to Patagonia in spring, summer or fall, each season has its particular attractiveness.
*Important Note: The information found below is a general depiction of what the weather and climate are like in Patagonia throughout the year. However, please note that the weather in this region of our world is extremely unpredictable. It is very important that travelers come well prepared for all weather conditions regardless of when you choose to travel. It is not rare to experience rain, wind, sunshine and even snow in a single day, even if traveling during the summer months.
summer (december - february)
The days are the longest all year during this season and the temperatures are pleasant during the day, with cooler temperatures at night. You can expect the sun to be up as early as 4:30am and sundown to be at around 10:00pm. This is also the busiest time of the year in Patagonia.
IDEAL SEASON FOR: Active individuals looking to do lots of trekking and spending long days in the Parks.
fall (march - may)
This season rewards travelers with beautiful colors as trees begin to shed their leaves for the upcoming winter season. For photographers, this is one of the nicest times of the years to go as the landscape contrasts beautifully with the shades of reds, yellows and browns of the plant life. The winds of the summer months start to die down and the larger crowds of the summer months also begin to diminish during this time of the year.
IDEAL SEASON FOR: Photographers and travelers looking to experience the best of Patagonia away from the crowds of the busier summer months.
winter (june - september)
Winter is the season with the least amount of wind in Patagonia, giving way to plenty of days of big blue skies. Landscapes are very different during these months as both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks are powdered with light snow. For photographers, this is the most beautiful time of the year to visit Patagonia and it is much easier to spot elusive wildlife like Pumas and foxes. 95% of all the excursions offered during the summer months remain open during the winter, offering a whole new way to experience the wilds of Patagonia.
IDEAL SEASON FOR: Photographers and travelers interested in Puma Tracking. This is the ideal time of the year for those looking to experience Patagonia in the most private manner possible as the Parks are never crowded.
spring (october - november)
Spring is gorgeous in Patagonia. The greens turn very vivid during these months as natural life recovers from the winter months, giving a renewed aspect to the entire region.The days start getting longer and travelers start arriving in larger numbers to the parks.
IDEAL SEASON FOR: Travelers looking for good weather for outdoor activities, but also looking for more privacy in the parks and on their daily outings as you avoid the crowds of the summer months.