What is the climate like in Argentina?
The climate in Argentina is as diverse as the country. There are different climatic zones between north, east, south and west due to the different altitudes and topography. One thing all parts of the country have in common is that Europe has opposite seasons here. Our summer months June, July and August represent the Argentine winter and our winter months December, January and February represent the summer. The reason for this is that the South American country is in the southern hemisphere, while Europe is in the northern hemisphere. Therefore, it can generally be stated that it is warmest in the Argentine summer and the coldest in the Argentine winter.
Depending on the region, the climate and therefore the temperatures differ enormously. In the northeast , where the Iguazú waterfalls are located, there is a tropical climate with year-round high temperatures and rainfall. In the north the climate is subtropical. In the eastern regions of Argentina, such as Gran Buenos Aires and La Pampa, the climate is Mediterranean . The center of Argentina is particularly characterized by drought thanks to the protection of the Andes. Here in Eastern Patagonia the climate is similar to a semi-arid desert climate. A lot of rain falls in the Andes themselves, which means that in western Argentina, too, near the Andes, dark clouds often form and lead to precipitation. However, the climate in the west is mild all year round. In Tierra del Fuego , the archipelago in the southern tip of South America, there is a cool oceanic climate .
Would you like to make a tour of Argentina and explore the different places of the South American country? Then read below, when is the best time to travel to Argentina for the various directions and regions! Using climate tables and information about the weather, I will show you when the optimal travel time is for various tourist attractions.
When is the best time to visit Argentina?
To determine the best time to visit Argentina, it requires the various regions in the South American country to look at. Because, depending on the altitude and direction, there is a different climate. The best travel time for the north and northeast of Argentina is from April to September. The best time to travel to the capital Buenos Aires in the east of the country is in spring or autumn in the transition phases between summer and winter. The best time to travel to western Argentina , which makes up a large part of Eastern Patagonia, is between October and April. For your vacation in Tierra del Fuego, the archipelago at the southern tip of South America, the months December to mid-March are best. If you want to go on a skiing holiday in Argentina , the winter time between mid-June and mid-October is the best time to travel. The most popular month in the ski season is July.
Best time to travel to Argentina by region and preference
|Best travel time to Argentina||climate|
|North / northeast||April to September||subtropical / tropical|
|East (Buenos Aires)||September to November & mid-March to May||Mediterranean|
|Center (Eastern Patagonia)||October to April||semi-arid|
|West (San Carlos de Bariloche)||December to February||mild, rainy|
|Tierra del Fuego (south)||December to mid-March||oceanic cool|
|Ski vacation||July (ski season: mid-June to mid-October)||/|
Find out more about the climate values in the various regions of Argentina below! With the help of climate tables, I will explain to you why the months mentioned are the best travel time for your Argentina vacation depending on the region.
Best travel time for Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina
According to RRRJEWELRY, the best time to travel to Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina are the transition months from September to November and mid-March to May , as it can get quite warm in the summer months, which some find uncomfortable.
Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and, as a primate city, the political, cultural, commercial and industrial center of the South American country. This is where the international airport is located, which travelers mostly fly to when they are on vacation in Argentina. In addition, the Aeroparque is located here, the smaller airport that only serves domestic flights as well as flights to the neighboring countries of Argentina. For your Argentina trips, Buenos Aires is the transport hub . How good that the climate here is mild all year round . Whenever you want to travel to Argentina and wherever you go, in Buenos Aires you will neither freeze to death in winter nor be wet with sweat in summer. Here on the Atlantic coast there is a Mediterranean climate , which gives you pleasant temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius all year round. In the warmest months of December, January and February it is very hot. Here the thermometer rises up to 29 degrees Celsius during the day. At night it cools down to a minimum of 19 degrees Celsius. The coldest month in Buenos Aires is July with around 15 degrees Celsius during the day and eight degrees Celsius at night.
Climate table for Buenos Aires (capital 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|
Best travel time for San Carlos de Bariloche in western Argentina
The best travel time for San Carlos de Bariloche in western Argentina is in the Argentine summer in the months of December, January and February . The climate in the lake area is mild all year round with maximum values of 22 degrees Celsius daytime temperature in January and February and minimum values of six degrees Celsius in the coldest month of July. San Carlos de Bariloche belongs to the province of Rio Negro and thus to Eastern Patagonia. I have also summarized all information about the best time to travel to Patagonia in my travel calendar. Check it out!
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 the Iguazú Falls in northeast Argentina
If you want to visit the famous Iguazú waterfalls in the province of Misiones , the best time to travel is in the winter months of April to September . The summer months are almost unbearable in this tropical area. The temperatures rise to up to 33 degrees Celsius and generate a high level of humidity. If you can handle that well, it is best to travel to the northeast of Argentina at this time , as trips are much cheaper at this time of the year. During the main travel season in winter, the hotels are full and more expensive.
Climate table for the Iguazú Falls (province of Misiones)
|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 travel time for Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina
At the very bottom of the southern tip of South America are the magical islands of Tierra del Fuego , in English Tierra del Fuego. The best time to travel to Tierra del Fuego is from December to mid-March . In the oceanic cool climate it is cold all year round. It rains and snows a lot. The best bearable months are therefore the summer months with average temperatures of 14 degrees Celsius per day. The busiest city in the Tierra del Fuego island chain is Ushuaia. The following table shows the average climate there.
Climate table for Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)
|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 day||6||5||4||3||2||1||2||3||4||6||6||6|
|Water temperature 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|
Argentina has different climate zones. The best time for a holiday Argentina to determine it necessary to note the different regions in different altitudes. As I have shown you, the best time to travel to the capital Buenos Aires in eastern Argentina is from September to November and from mid-March to May, in the transition period between summer and winter. For the center of the country in Eastern Patagonia , the best travel time is October to April. The mild west and the cold, humid south of Argentina (Tierra del Fuego) is best to visit in summer, from December to February. This is the time when temperatures are highest and the probability of rain is lowest. If you want to spend a skiing holiday in Argentina, the Argentine winter is best. The favorite month during the ski season from mid-June to mid-October is July .
Get more inspiration and information about Argentina in my travel magazine and prepare yourself well for your vacation! I wish you a fantastic time in South America!