Argentine Patagonia has finally caught up with the rest of the country in terms of spring by now. Daily highs fall in the mid-50s in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, though you should still expect some rain this time of year. That being said, when the sun does come out, it's a great time to catch the wildflowers in this part of the country, and days are longer—upwards of 15 hours—for enjoying peak outdoor time.
As for the rest of Argentina, it will get warmer the further north you travel. For instance, Buenos Aires, the starting point for most international visitors, will see highs in the mid-70s Fahrenheit, and Salta, in the northwest, will see highs in the mid-80s. Still, it's necessary to bring warm layers for the evening chill when the sun goes down.
Another year-round destination is Iguazú Falls with a tropical climate; temperatures start to creep in the upper 80s this time of year making it increasingly hot and humid, though spray from the thundering falls creates a welcome respite.
Crowds & Costs
November is the last month of Argentina’s shoulder season, which means you'll find lower prices and not-overwhelming crowds in popular areas. This is a great time to travel to popular beach resorts along the coast, as well as the Lake District, Los Glaciares National Park, Ushuaia, and Tierra del Fuego, where you'll beat the flood of international tourists (and pricey accommodation costs) of coming peak summer months.
Just to be safe, it's a good idea to make your reservations at least three months in advance. Also, keep in mind that November is when the gay pride parade is held every year drawing thousands of visitors for a big celebration.
Where to Go
The entire country is open for business this time of year. It’s a great month to head to Patagonia before the crowds arrive in December, especially Los Glaciares National Park, home of 13 glaciers and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, nicknamed "hiker's paradise" due to the abundance of mountaineering options all around. Head further south to Ushuaia and explore Tierra del Feugo National Park and the Beagle Channel for a variety of coastal trails and boat cruises that capitalize on marine life.
In central Argentina, this is a pretty time to visit Mendoza for hundreds of vineyards surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and plenty of outdoor activities to choose from. Consider a big road-trip further northwest in the country for a range of otherworldly salt flats, gorges, and painted deserts.
Since most trips start and end in Buenos Aires, make sure to spend a few days wandering through key sites and neighborhoods by foot whilst enjoying the jacaranda trees, which dazzle with purple blooms this time of year. It’s a good time to visit beach resorts along the Atlantic coast, which are coming into full swing for the upcoming summer season.
What to Do
Outdoor sports are available in droves during late spring. In Patagonia’s national parks there are day hikes, multi-day treks, wildlife spotting, and glacier boat tours, to name a few options. For something unique, you can trek on top of Perito Moreno glacier fully equipped with crampons and an ice ax. This full-day excursion crosses deep blue ice crevices and hikes over meltwater streams as you experience this rare advancing glacier up close.
The town of El Chaltén, offers several day-hikes from town, including a two-hour brisk hike through the native forest to a deep blue lake called Laguna Capri that sits at the foot of the mountains and offers an unobstructed view of the jutting granite towers of the Fitz Roy massif.
Tierra del Fuego National Park offers many wonders within its 155,000 acres, so you'll want an experienced guide to show you the best hikes, lakes, and lookout points. Bariloche offers great hiking as well, and you’ll find some of the most stunning scenery in the region as well as a network of well-maintained hiking paths.
Wildlife watchers interested in Magallenic penguins, sea lions, and elephant seals can take a day-trip to Peninsula Valdes, or stay overnight on one of the peninsula's estancias (ranches)—some of which have grounds that include long stretches of shoreline frequented by wildlife available to guests only (in other words, not a day-tripper in sight). Learn more about Peninsula Valdes in this guide to its gateway city.
Events in November
Buenos Aires Gay Pride. Buenos Aires has been described as one of the most gay-friendly cities in South America, and this fun party in Plaza de Mayo attracts hundreds of thousands of members and non-members of the LGBT community to let loose, have fun and celebrate who they are.
Fiesta de la Tradición. This festival salutes the gaucho and is especially significant in San Antonio de Areco, the most classically gaucho of towns. However, it is also important (and much less touristy) in the mountain town of San José de Jáchal.
Lamb National Festival in Puerto Madryn. This gastronomic event takes place in November features Patagonian lamb.
Fishing Season Opening in Patagonia. Here is a classic: the Chimehuín River near the City of Junín de los Andes dresses up for this November occasion and declares the Patagonian continental fishing season formally open.
Traveling to Argentina in November? Check out these great itineraries.
Patagonian Adventure for Couples. Explore Patagonia's most breathtaking sites at a relaxed pace while staying in comfortable accommodations on this 15-day itinerary. Kick off in Chile's capital before continuing south to Torres del Paine National Park for glaciers, turquoise lakes, and thrilling day hikes. Finish across the border in Argentine Patagonia for more glaciers and a secluded mountain lodge with a variety of outdoor activities, not to mention iconic views of Mt. Fitz Roy.
Buenos Aires & Mendoza. This fun weeklong trip splits time in two of Argentina's most desirable destinations: Buenos Aires, with sophisticated restaurants, theaters, history, and architecture, and the smaller, more relaxed city of Mendoza surrounded by impressive Andean views and lush vineyards. Take part in a range of guided activities like tangoing, wine tasting, trekking, rafting, and zip lining for the ultimate South American adventure.