Best time to visit Patagonia
Patagonia’s weather is characterised by unpredictability; warm, windproof and waterproof layers are essential year-round – especially given the relentless wind.
November to March is the best time to visit Patagonia, with warmth and longer days on both the Chile and Argentina sides. Southern nights last a scant six hours, although night frosts and sleet can occur in the highlands even in summer. Mid-November to mid-December is less crowded, with spring blooms. April and May are the best months to visit Patagonia for colourful autumn foliage and fewer crowds, with northern regions still retaining some warmth against the milder temperatures of the south. When to go to Patagonia also depends on the region – it is huge and there are great variations all over. Coasts are wetter and milder; the inland steppe is chillier and arid.
When to go to Patagonia, month by month
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Our nature pick: PenguinsPatagonia is the best place to spot penguins outside of Antarctica, and they’re here in the warmer months of October-April. Head to the beaches around Ushuaia and Peninsula Valdés – or to Punta Tombo if you want to walk amongst South America’s hugest colony of Magellan penguins.
Festivals & events in Patagonia
Kayaking with whales
You can kayak with whales in the lagoons around Peninsula Valdes! Southern right whales travel to this nature reserve between late September and early December, and you can see them breaching, slapping their tails and tending to their babies from the shore – or from your kayak.
National Festival for the Longest Night of the Year
In impressive, South American style, the "National Festival for the Longest Night of the Year" actually lasts for nine nights. Held in Ushuaia, the festival begins with a torch light parade on 20th June, and there are fireworks and live music.
While most travelers avoid the depths of winter, feline fans should head south for the season. It’s the best time to visit Patagonia if you want to spot big cats – including the elusive puma. The cold encourages them to descend from chilly mountaintops into warmer valleys – which are no longer filled with tourists who might scare them away.
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