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.
Dec-Feb bring warmth and longer days, with southern nights lasting a scant six hours, though night frosts and sleet can occur in the highlands even in summer. Mid Nov-mid Dec are less crowded, with beautiful spring blooms. Mid-Mar - late Apr also allow you to avoid the tourist hordes, and photographers should come prepared to capture the wonderful autumn colours and spectacular sunsets.The best time to visit Patagonia also depends on the region; it is huge, and there are great variations, not just from north-south. Coastal regions are wetter and milder, while the inland steppe is chillier and arid.
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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.
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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.
More about Patagonia
A triangle of land at the end of the world, with calving glaciers, shattered fjords and jagged mountains, Patagonia stirs the heart of red-blooded adventurers.
Patagonia is surprisingly vast, but our suggested itineraries help you explore the parts that interest you most - whether that's trekking, marine life, glaciers or local culture.
Our guide to things to do in Patagonia covers the classic and lesser known hiking routes, Gaucho culture, cruises round Cape Horn and the best places to see calving glaciers.
Torres del Paine National Park is one of the brightest jewels in Chilean Patagonia’s well-bedecked crown.
Home to some of the world’s only advancing glaciers and dramatic mountain scenery, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia is not to be missed.
While cars can cover the distance, slow down to a walking pace and you’ll experience what this region is really about.
Combine Buenos Aires and Patagonia for a vacation that takes you from chic city streets to wild mountain vistas.
From small group vacations led by expert local guides, to road trips behind the wheel of your own hire car, here’s how to travel in Patagonia in style.
Traveling in Patagonia with kids is an offbeat suggestion for a vacation but for more adventurous types, especially those with teenagers, there is much to enthral and inspire.
Our vacation companies have shared their most helpful Patagonia travel tips to help your vacation run more smoothly - from unusual places to hike to lesser known cruise routes.
Responsible tourism in Patagonia takes many forms - as befits this vast region that spans two South American countries.
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