The Patagonia region covers 1,060,631 km² and is located in the southern part of South America. It extends across the countries of Argentina and Chile and is incredibly scenic. Patagonia is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for many travel-loving tourists. Since the climate varies greatly throughout the year, you should ask yourself which tourist attractions you want to visit in order to know when is the best season to visit the region. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages, there is no general “best time” because it all depends on what you would like to experience, visit and do in Patagonia.
The climate in Patagonia
Patagonia has a Mediterranean climate with a dry summer. The annual average maximum temperature in Patagonia is about 12°C (from 5°C in July to 18°C in January), with the highest rainfall in June and the lowest in January.
For Europeans, it is important to know that the seasons are reversed as they are in Europe: From September to November Patagonia has spring weather, from December to around March it is summery warm, and the days are longer. From April onwards, the colder season slowly begins and lasts until around September or October.
Spring in Patagonia
Spring in Patagonia is from September to November. During this time, the trees and meadows are in full bloom and the climate is warm and pleasant at about 20 °C. One of the most beautiful natural spectacles is certainly the flowering of the tulips (Campo de Tulipanes) in Trevelin in October, which attracts many tourists to the city every year. Many other attractions can be visited in the spring months, such as the petrified forest of Jaramillo, or the largest cherry production in the country in Los Antiguos.
Summer in Patagonia
Most visitors come to Patagonia in summer, which begins in December. It is not too hot, with temperatures around 25 °C, and many tourist activities are offered in the areas of hiking, mountaineering, and climbing. In summer, the days are much longer in Patagonia, which favours outdoor recreational activities. The landscapes are lush green, and wildlife such as pumas can occasionally be spotted in protected zones. In addition, the skies are usually clear with good visibility by day as well as by night, which will delight friends of the stars and observers of celestial bodies.
Summer is also a particularly good time to visit the popular southern region of Patagonia, also called Tierra del Fuego. It features an unspoiled natural environment of mountain landscapes and picturesque lakes, but its geographical location makes it cooler and precipitation is more frequent.
Temperatures in this region are moderate in summer, however, and it is, therefore, advisable to visit Tierra del Fuego in summer. On average, it is 13 to 14 degrees Celsius during the day, and at night it cools down to about three to five degrees. However, this is, of course, high season, with correspondingly high prices and full accommodation.
Autumn colours in Patagonia
From March – April, the autumn season slowly arrives in the region, with temperatures cooling down a little, but it is still not too cold. Fewer visitors come to the region at this time of year, so late autumn is the best time to visit the main attractions, and tourists can still do a lot in Patagonia.
Autumn is also a particularly beautiful time for photographers, who appreciate the contrast of the fiery autumn colours and deḿ brilliant blue of the sky and lakes.
Wildlife lovers and observers also get their money’s worth in autumn, as they can observe the animals undisturbed in their natural habitat.
Winter in Patagonia
Winter in Patagonia is a real highlight for friends of snow and ice in the months from June to August. Due to the extreme weather conditions, a trip in winter should be planned and started with the appropriate equipment. In addition, the days are much shorter with sunrise around 10.00 am and sunset after 5 pm. For the ski season, July is a popular month, but the ski season runs from mid-June to mid-October.
So, Patagonia is always worth a trip, and planning and travel arrangements should vary depending on the time of year you travel, but this beautiful, diverse landscape will offer highlights at any time of year that travelers will not soon forget.