Winter is coming this month in Argentina. This is when the Andes become snowcapped and Patagonia practically empties out in terms of tourism for the season (except for ski resorts). For non-skiers, this is an ideal time to visit the deserts of the Andean Northwest and Iguazú Falls for less rain and heat. Read on to learn more.


Argentina's winter season begins at the end of the month with lower temperatures all over the country, which can be a great thing if you're planning on traveling north. Buenos Aires will hover in the 50s Fahrenheit during the day (40s at night) while northwest in Salta, you'll see highs in the upper 60s (40s at night). 

If you're keen to visit Argentine Patagonia and experience Mt. Fitz Roy and Tierra del Fuego, this is perhaps not the best time. Many top attractions and lodgings close for the season as days shorten and temperatures drop to the 30s and 40s with an increased chance of rain and snow depending on your altitude. Patagonian destinations are said to experience all four seasons in the course of a single day, so be prepared to dress in multiple layers and outdoor gear. 

Crowds and Costs

Argentina's autumn to winter transition begins to draw local skiers who are eager to hit the slopes in the south. Despite these southern resorts, which pick up steam this time of year, most of Patagonia quiets down. Other areas of the country are welcoming in June even during low season, though you'll still want to book those destinations at least three months in advance to get the best deals. In general, Argentina's cooler temperatures help keep the international crowds and costs down compared to summer months.

Where to Go

If snow sports are on your list, Argentina's ski resorts (located in Patagonia and near the wine region of Mendoza) have been gaining more attention in recent years, though neighboring Chile lures more international skiers and snowboarders. Still, Argentine resorts like Chapelco (near San Martín de Los Andes) as well as La Hoya (an excellent choice for families), are standouts. Another option near Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, is the world-class ski area around Cerro Castor. 

Since other areas of Patagonia either empty out and/or close for the season, this is the perfect time to visit Argentina's north, where sunshine and comfortable temperatures make Salta and the nearby wine region of Cafayate particularly welcoming. This is also a great time to explore Iguazú Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina. 

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What to Do

Other than skiing in the south, there's plenty of dry land activities in the north this time of year. You could get to know Buenos Aires like a local with a day of walking and sightseeing throughout the European-inspired metropolis. Cap off the day with a steak drizzled with the nation's famous chimichurri (a garlic, herb, and vinegar sauce). The city thrives after dark, and it's not uncommon for locals to have dinner late in the evening, especially on weekends, followed by a round of cocktails at one of the many lounges.

At the Iguazú falls, you can spend time exploring hundreds of waterfalls along the Three Borders Landmark in the tri-border area between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, and enjoy a panoramic view from the walking paths surrounding the cascades.

Another highlight this time of year is the city of Salta 'La Linda' (meaning Salta the beautiful) due to its well-preserved colonial architecture, circa the 16th century. Take a guided city tour visiting Salta's most important buildings and churches, or just relax on the gondola ride for a birds-eye view of the city. There are many noteworthy day-trips from here, including salt flats, canyons, wineries, and gorges, which could keep you busy for a whole week or two.

Events in June

Fiesta de la Noche Más Larga. Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, celebrates the longest night of the year with about 10 days worth of music and shows. This is when the city gets decked out and sleeping is forbidden.

Tribute to Juan Martín Miguel de Güemes. Every year in Salta on June 17th, tribute is paid to General Juan Martin Miguel de Güemes, a liberator who aided the National Army accompanied by his gauchos.

Patagonian New Year. On June 24, the native peoples both from Chile and Argentina celebrate the beginning of the new year. An ancient tradition which attracts new visitors every year.

Anniversary of Carlos Gardel’s Death. On June 24, 1935, tango legend Carlos Gardel died in a plane crash in Colombia. Head to Buenos Aires’ Chacarita cemetery to see fans pay their respects at his grave and statue.

Traveling to Argentina in June? Check out these great itineraries.

Buenos Aires, Mendoza & Salta. Immerse yourself in Argentina's sights, tastes, and rhythms on this 10-day adventure. Begin by exploring the culture of Buenos Aires with a guided tour and tango lesson. Next, venture to high-altitude Mendoza and take part in several wine tastings (especially Malbec). Finish in the colonial city of Salta—your jumping off point for rugged gorges, giant salt flats, and painted deserts in the country's far north.

Discover Northern Argentina. One of the least explored—yet most rewarding—areas of the country, this 8-day itinerary covers the highlights of Northern Argentina. After a day in the capital, you’ll visit hundreds of waterfalls on the Brazilian border, explore a colonial city known for architecture, and take day-trips to epic gorges, salt flats, and wineries at the foot of the Andes.

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