Rugged and romantic, Patagonia encompasses the southern cone of South America, including parts of both Argentina and Chile—and each side has unique advantages for travelers. Want to get as far off the beaten path as possible? Head to Chile. Deadset on visiting Tierra del Fuego and have limited vacation days? Argentina is right for you. Read on for highlights and things to consider when deciding where to go in Patagonia—you might just decide to see it all.
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January in one of the best months of the year to visit Patagonia and the crowds confirm it. This is peak season for international tourists who come to see glaciers, wildlife, and national parks with warmer temperatures and longer days for enjoying outdoor activities. This monthly guide will tell you what to do and where to go, including lesser-known options.
February is the last full month of Patagonia's high season with peak temperatures and longish days of summer—perfect for all sorts of outdoor adventures that capitalize on the views. Despite peak crowds and prices, this is a wonderful 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 Patagonia for the first glimpses of autumn. This is when crowds and prices beginning to taper off, making popular national parks like Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares, more peaceful. Read on to learn more.
Autumn is in full swing this time of year in Patagonia with cooling temperatures and fiery colors. Crowds thin out across the region making this a great time to visit with decent hiking weather and lower prices (except for Easter week). Let this monthly guide help you find the best places to visit and things to do.
It’s late autumn in Patagonia with shorter days, cooler weather, and waning crowds. This is a great time to enjoy the last of the autumn foliage and spectacular landscapes in peace before winter (and ski season) arrives. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
With the onset of winter, snowcapped Patagonia practically empties out in terms of tourism for the season (except for ski resorts). Let this monthly guide show you the best sights and culture during the shortest days of the year.
July is winter season in Patagonia, and that means ski resorts are open for business and local snow festivals are underway. Low tourist numbers and prices appeal to the adventurous (and those equipped with outdoor gear). Read on for more tips on where to go and what to expect in Patagonia this month.
A quiet month overall, August signifies the last full month of Patagonia's ski season with lower prices than July. Everywhere else, winter rains begin to wane while daylight hours begin to lengthen—a sure sign of spring. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
September is a transition month in Patagonia, when the region comes out of hibernation in preparation for the upcoming high season. This is also the best time for spring skiing at the mountain resorts and whale watching around Península Valdés. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
October in Patagonia is the heart of spring and prime shoulder season—a great time to visit the region's most popular spots before peak crowds arrive. Hint: This is a favorite month for savvy travelers in the know. Read on to learn more.
With springtime blooms, November is a beautiful month in Patagonia—arguably the best of the year. If that's not enough, you can visit popular sites and national parks while the crowds and high prices are still a month away. Read this monthly guide to learn more.
The transition from spring to summer is a spectacular time to visit Patagonia with plenty of sunshine for enjoying the great outdoors. Plus, the first half of the month is still quiet—in other words, get here before the tour groups arrive for the holidays. Find out what to do and where to go with this December guide.