What’s the climate like in Argentina?
The climate of Argentina is just as diverse as the country itself. There are a lot of differences between the north, east, south and west due to different altitudes and the topography of the different climates. One common feature of the whole country is that all of the seasons are the opposite of Europe. During our summer months of June, July and August Argentina has its winter months and during our winter months, Argentina has its summer months. The reason for this is that the South American country is in the Southern Hemisphere, whereas Europe is in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore, it can be said as a general rule of thumb that the warmest time in Argentina is during the summer time and the coldest is the Argentine winter.
In terms of the climate and temperatures, it can vary greatly depending on the region. In the northeast, where the Iguazu Falls as there is a tropical climate with high temperatures and high rainfall throughout the year. In the north, the climate is more tropical. In the eastern regions of Argentina, as in Buenos Aires and La Pampa, the climate is Mediterranean. The centre of Argentina is characterized by the protection of the Andes, notably protection from Drought. Here in eastern Patagonia, the climate resembles a semi-arid desert climate. In the Andes, there can be a lot of rainfall, this often causes dark clouds in the west of Argentina near the Andes, causing precipitation. However, in the west, the climate is mild year round. In the Tierra del Fuego archipelago on the southern tip of South America, there is an oceanic, cool climate.
Would you like to go on an Argentine adventure and the explore the different areas of this amazing South American country? The read below, you can find out the best times to travel to the different regions of the breathtaking country. On the basis of the below climate tables and weather information, you will be well informed about the best time to visit Argentina.
- The Best Time to Visit Argentina by Region and Preference
- The Climate and the Best time to go to Buenos Aires in the East
- The Climate and the Best time to go to San Carlos de Bariloche in the West
- The Climate and the Best time to Visit Iguazú-Waterfall in Northeastern Argentina
- The Climate and Best Time to Visit Tierra del Fuego in the South of Argentina
- My Conclusions on the best time to visit Argentina
- More information on Argentina
- The Best Travel Times for other Destinations
When is the best time to travel to Argentina?
When examining the best time to travel to Argentina you have to look at the different regions in the South American country. The climate in the individual regions can depend on factors like the altitude and the direction of the wind. The best time to visit the north and northeast is generally from April to September. In the capital Buenos Aires in the east of the country, the best time to travel is generally in the spring or autumn, in the transitional periods between summer and winter. The best travel time for the west of Argentina, which makes up a large part of eastern Patagonia is between October and April. For a holiday in the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America in general from December to mid-March. If you want to go on a skiing holiday in Argentina, the best time to travel is between mid-June and mid-October. The most popular month of the ski season is July.
The Best Time to go to Argentina by Area and Preference
|Best time to Visit||Climate|
|North/Northeast||April to September||Subtropical/Tropical|
|East (Buenos Aires)||September to November & Middle of March to May||Mediterranian|
|Central (East Patagonia)||October to April||Semi-arid|
|West (San Carlos de Bariloche)||December to February||Mild, Rainy|
|Tierra del Fuego (Southern)||December to Middle of March||Oceanic/Cool|
|Ski holidays||July (Ski Season: Middle of June to the Middle of October)||/|
Below you’ll find more details on the climates of the different regions of Argentina! Based on these handy climate tables you’ll be able to decide what time of year suits you best to travel to one of the diverse regions of Argentina.
Best Time to Visit Buenos Aires in East Argentina
The best time to visit Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina are the transitional months of September to November and mid-March to May. The main reason for this is that during the summer months it can get quite warm, which some people might find uncomfortable.
Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and is the centre for politics, culture, commerce and industry in the South American country. Here is the international airport where most travellers fly to when they are on holiday in Argentina. Also here is the Aeroparque, the smaller airport that serves only national flights and flights to neighbouring countries of Argentina. In terms of your trip to Argentina, Buenos Aires is the transportation hub. This makes it a very good thing that the climate is mild here all year round. No matter where you travel in Argentina you won’t find a climate like with mild summers and winters. Here on the Atlantic coast, there is a Mediterranean climate that gives you pleasant temperatures of around 20 degrees throughout the year. It can get pretty hot on occasion in the months of December, January and February. During this time the thermometer can rise up to 29 degrees during the day. At night it would cool down to about a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius. The coldest month of the year in Buenos Aires is July with daytime temperatures of around 15 degrees and 8 degrees at night.
Climate Table for Buenos Aires (Capital City of Argentina)
|Max. Temperature in °C||29||28||26||22||19||16||15||17||19||22||25||28|
|Min. Temperature in °C||21||20||19||15||12||9||8||9||11||14||17||19|
|Hours of Sunshine per day||9||6||7||7||5||5||6||6||6||6||8||10|
|Rainy days per month||10||9||10||10||8||9||9||8||9||12||10||11|
The Best Time to Visit San Carlos de Bariloche in Western Argentina
The best time to visit San Carlos de Bariloche in western Argentina is in the Argentinian summer in the months of December, January and February. The climate in the lake district is mild throughout the year with highs of 22 degrees Celsius during the daytime in January and February and a low of around 6 degrees Celsius in the coldest month of July. San Carlos de Bariloche belongs to the province of Rio Negro and thus to Eastern Patagonia.
Climate table for San Carlos de Bariloche (Province of Rio Negro)
|Max. Temperature in °C||22||22||19||15||10||7||6||8||11||14||17||20|
|Min. Temperature in °C||6||6||4||2||1||-1||-1||-1||0||1||4||5|
|Hours of Sunshine Per Day||11||10||8||6||4||4||4||5||6||8||10||11|
|Rainy Days per month||4||4||4||6||11||12||11||10||7||6||4||4|
Best Time to Visit Iguazu-Waterfall in Northeastern Argentina
If you want to visit the famous Iguazu Falls in the province of Misiones, the best time to visit is in the winter months from April to September. The summer months are unbearable in this tropical area. The temperatures can rise up to 33 degrees Celsius and along with the high humidity, it can be an uncomfortable experience. If you can handle this humid weather you should try and get there during this time because the fares are much cheaper. During the peak winter season, it can be really crowded and much more expensive.
Climate table for the Iguazu Falls (Misiones Province)
|Max. Temperature in °C||33||33||32||30||26||25||24||26||28||30||31||33|
|Min. Temperature in °C||22||21||20||18||14||13||12||13||15||18||19||20|
|Hours of Sunshine per Day||12||12||12||11||11||10||11||11||12||12||12||12|
|Rainy Days per Month||12||10||9||9||9||9||6||7||9||12||10||10|
Best Time to Visit Tierra del Fuego in Southern Argentina
At the very southern tip of Argentina, you have the enchanting island of Tierra del Fuego, in the English the land of fire. The best time to visit the land of fire is from December to mid-March. In this oceanic cool climate, it tends to be cold year round. It’s pretty common to see a lot of snow and rain here. The most tolerable months are therefore the summer months with an average temperature of around 14 degrees Celsius per day. The most popular city in the Tierra del Fuego area is Ushuaia. You can see the typical climate conditions for it down below.
Climate table for Ushuaia (The Region of Tierra del Feugo)
|Max. Temperature in °C||14||14||12||10||7||5||4||6||8||11||12||13|
|Min. Temperature in °C||5||5||4||3||0||-1||-2||-1||0||2||4||5|
|Hours of Sunshine per||6||5||4||3||2||1||2||3||4||6||6||6|
|Water temp. in °C||7||7||6||6||5||5||4||4||4||5||5||6|
|Rainy Days per Month||10||9||9||10||8||10||8||8||7||9||9||9|
My conclusions on the best time to visit Argentina
Argentina is a country with a number of different climates. Choosing the best time to visit Argentina requires having a look at the different altitudes of the different regions. As you have seen the best time to travel to Buenos Aires is from September to November and from mid-March to May, during the transitional period between summer and winter. For the centre of the country, the best time to travel to Eastern Patagonia is from October to April. The mild west and the cold south of Argentina should be visited in the summer months, from December to February. During this time of year, the temperatures are highest and the rainfall is at its lowest. If you want to go on a Ski Holiday then the Argentine winter is definitely the best time of year to visit. The best months for this are from mid-June to mid-October and the best month in July.
The Best Travel Times for Other Destinations