Crossing the border between Argentina and Chile is a memorable journey in itself. There are three main crossing points, each with distinct scenery—and modes of transportation. After sipping wine in Mendoza, bus over the snow-capped Andes to Santiago. Cruise in a catamaran across glacial lakes from Bariloche. Or, cross the dramatic Atacama Desert, passing through a center of Argentine indigenous culture. Learn more about all three options below.
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Both Argentina and Chile have multiple wine producing regions that welcome visitors, from world-famous destinations like Mendoza to coastal wineries near the Pacific Ocean that make an easy detour on your way to the beach. Whether you're interested in tasting a crisp white in a desert canyon or sipping a full-bodied Chilean red under the stars, you have great options on both sides of the Andes—learn more about the six main regions with this guide.
Argentina seems tailor-made for family travel. Not only is the culture welcoming to children, but there's plenty for kids to see and do. Explore the urban parks and ice cream shops of Buenos Aires, watch whales off the Atlantic coast, or hike past some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the world in Argentina's north with this guide.
Have just one day in Buenos Aires? Plan on waking up early and going to bed late. It's the only way to fit in the modern art, cathedrals, and classic cafés—and still have time to linger over leisurely meals, Argentine-style. From morning sightseeing to late-night bar-hopping, here's the best plan for spending 24 hours in Buenos Aires.
Walk through a busy penguin colony, ride with wild horses in the Andes, or watch whales breach through the cold waters of the Patagonian Atlantic: Argentina's landscapes offer travelers an exciting range of wildlife experiences. Whether you're interested in sailing alongside dolphins or hiking with llamas, read on for some of the best options in the country.
When to visit Argentina
January in Argentina equates to long days and blissful summer weather—a time when locals skip out of town and head for the beach resorts. It’s also high season for tourists in southern Patagonia for glaciers, wildlife, and national parks, so expect peak prices. This monthly guide will tell you what to do and where to go (and how to beat the crowds).
February is the last full month of Argentina's high season with longish days of summer—perfect for outdoor adventures in Patagonia and escaping the heat at Atlantic beaches. Despite peak crowds and prices, this is a great time to visit. Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
March is a great time to travel to Argentina as summer turns its head towards autumn. This is when crowds and prices beginning to taper off, especially in Patagonia and the Atlantic coast. Travelers heading north to Iguazú Falls will also find less humidity towards the end of the month. Read on to learn more.
April in Argentina is peak autumn season with cooling temperatures and fiery colors, especially in the southern forests. Crowds begin to wane in Patagonia but decent hiking weather is still possible, while the northern wine regions, desert, waterfalls, and capital city offer great weather for sightseeing and outdoor adventures.
It’s late autumn in Argentina with shorter days and cooler weather. This is a great time to visit Iguazú Falls, the northwest desert, and wine region of Mendoza with fewer crowds where you can enjoy the gorgeous foliage and spectacular landscapes in peace. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
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.
July is Argentina's peak winter month when ski resorts heat up in Patagonia and Mendoza. This is also a great month to visit Buenos Aires, go whale-watching along the Atlantic coast, and explore desert landscapes, salt flats, waterfalls, and starry skies in the north. Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Argentina this month.
August is the last full month of winter and the end of Argentina's ski season with lower prices than July. Those who want to skip the snow-sports should stay north of Patagonia and head to Buenos Aires and the dry north for great alternatives. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
Spring becomes official this month. As ski season winds down, September is a great time to experience Buenos Aires and the country's northern region for the best sightseeing and weather (with few crowds). This is also the best time for whale watching around Península Valdés. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
October is in the midst of spring—a great time to visit Buenos Aires, central Argentina, and the north before the summer heat kicks in. Meanwhile, Patagonia emerges from hibernation but the crowds haven't arrived yet making this a favorite month for travelers in the know. Read on to learn more.
November is a gorgeous month to visit Argentina. Buenos Aires is perfect for sightseeing, Patagonia finally blooms into spring, and the beach resorts open for business. It's an excellent time to visit the hot spots while the crowds and high prices are still a month away. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
December is a magnificent time to visit Argentina when spring transitions to the summer season. This is the best weather month to take advantage of beach resorts and outdoor activities in the Lakes District and Patagonia before the peak crowds arrive. Find out what to do and where to go with this December guide.
January is the middle of summer in Argentina and Brazil. Temperatures soar into the high 90s and you’ll have to contend with crowds of visitors from all over the world, but it’s still a good time to see the falls—and their spray of water helps keep you cool on the hottest days. Find out what to expect and which activities to try in this monthly guide.
It's hot and humid at Iguazú Falls in February. Temperatures reach into the high 90s—it's a great time to take a boat ride on the Iguazú River and feel the cool spray of the falls—and crowds come to the national parks from all over the world, so you'll want to plan your trip well ahead of time. Find out more about weather, costs, and seasonal attractions in this monthly guide.
March is a great time to visit Iguazú: crowds have thinned out after the summertime rush, but the river level is high, making the waterfalls look especially dramatic. Whether you want to go on a boating adventure, spot exotic butterflies, or hike in the park after dark, learn more with this monthly guide on what to expect at this time of year.
Consider yourself lucky if you're visiting Iguazú in April. Thanks to comfortable fall weather with warm sunshine and blue skies, it's a perfect time to see one of the world's most impressive waterfall systems—just as long as you avoid visiting during busy Semana Santa (Holy Week), when Argentine and Brazilian tourists come in droves. Check out this monthly guide for more on what to expect at Iguazú in April.
May is a great time of year to visit Iguazú. The weather is relatively cool, you won't run into major crowds, you'll experience blue skies instead of rainy days, and the low level of the river makes it a good time of year for boat adventures and hiking alike. Find out more about what to expect at Iguazú in May with this monthly guide.
With clear skies and comfortable weather, June is an excellent time to visit Iguazú. Hike along the waterfalls' edge on a series of catwalks, raft on the river, or trek along quiet forest paths, spotting butterflies and capuchin monkeys in the wild: with relatively few crowds visiting, you'll enjoy peace and quiet in the parks. Learn more about what to expect with this monthly guide.
Plan wisely if you're considering visiting Iguazú in July: during the second half of the month, the region is packed with Brazilian and Argentine tourists on vacation. Luckily, the weather is generally sunny, dry, and comfortable throughout the month, whether you're battling crowds on the hiking trail or enjoying views of the cascades in relative peace. Read on for more about what to expect at Iguazú in July with this monthly guide.
August is a great time of year to visit Iguazú Falls: the weather is sunny and dry, crowds are minimal, and some hotels discount their rates. It's winter in the southern hemisphere, so days are short—but there's still plenty of time to hike, boat, and bird-watch in the jungle. Learn how to make the most of your time with this monthly guide to August at Iguazú.
September heralds the start of spring at Iguazú Falls. As the days get longer, temperatures warm up and the river level starts to rise as the dry season ends—it's a perfect time for hiking, boating, and bird-watching in the national parks, especially as there aren't too many crowds around. Find out more about what to expect with this monthly guide to Iguazú in September.
October is a good time for hiking, boating, and bird-watching at Iguazú National Park, just as long as you're prepared for precipitation. This is the rainiest month of the year in the region—then again, Iguazú is one of the largest waterfall systems in the world, so getting wet is par for the course (and part of the fun). Learn what to expect with this monthly guide to October at Iguazú Falls.
With pleasant weather and moderate crowds, November is a fine time to visit Iguazú Falls. True, you'll probably get wet—this is a fairly rainy time of the year in the region—but what else would you expect when visiting one of the largest waterfall systems in the world? Learn what to expect and what to do, plus top tips for boating and bird-watching, with this monthly guide to November at Iguazú.
December marks the start of summer at Iguazú Falls. The days get longer, the temperatures climb, and tourist crowds build as the month goes on: it's a great time of year to visit, just as long as you plan ahead. Learn more about what to expect, where to go, and what to do in the national parks with this monthly guide to December at Iguazú.