What is the climate like in Patagonia?
The location of the individual provinces that comprise the South American region is decisive for the climate in Patagonia . Patagonia extends over different areas of Argentina and Chile. The huge Andes mountain range runs through Patagonia and influences the climate. To the west of the Andes ( Western Patagonia), the climate is shaped by the Valdivian rainforest. The climate here is cool with a lot of precipitation. Especially in the south of Patagonia there is a lot of precipitation, on an average of 300 days a year. East of the Andes(Eastern Patagonia), on the other hand, the climate is dry, as the Argentine part of Patagonia lies in the rain shadow of the mountain range. Here the climate is similar to a semi-arid desert climate. The average annual temperature in Patagonia is 6.5 degrees Celsius. The seasons here are opposite to those in Europe. If it’s winter here, it’s summer in Patagonia, and vice versa. Accordingly, the warmest month of the year is January with an average of eleven degrees Celsius. Depending on the altitude and topography, the temperatures fluctuate enormously. Therefore, in the following, I will show you when the best travel time for the various regions of Patagonia is based on climate tables and further information about the weather. So that you have a picture of where Patagonia is and which regions the area includes, I will first show you the geographic location of Patagonia in the next point on a Google Maps map .
The best time to travel to Patagonia depending on regions and preferences
In summary, the Argentine summer time between December and February can be named as the best travel time for Patagonia . Even in the rain-rich south, higher temperatures can then be expected. This time of year is the main season in Patagonia and traveling here is correspondingly more expensive. If you want to travel to Patagonia a little cheaper, the transition months in spring and autumn are particularly suitable for a vacation in the north. According to Beautypically.com, the best time to travel to Northern Patagonia is from October to April . During this period it rains less and the temperatures are milder at around 20 degrees Celsius during the day. At night it can get down to zero degrees even at the best time to travel to Patagonia.
Ski fans celebrate a completely different travel season in Patagonia. For a ski holiday in Patagonia , winter is the best time to travel with the most popular travel month , July . The ski season runs from mid-June to mid-October . The winter months from May to September are very rainy and parts of Patagonia are snowy. In many areas public transport is canceled due to weather conditions and some hotels even take a winter break and are closed. Therefore, before your trip to Patagonia, you should find out exactly where to go for a ski holiday.
Best Patagonia travel time by region and preference
|Best time to go to Patagonia|
|Western Patagonia||December to March|
|Northern Eastern Patagonia||October to April|
|Southern Patagonia||December to February|
|fire land||December to mid-March|
|Ski vacation||July (ski season: mid-June to mid-October)|
It is said of Patagonia that there are four seasons in one day . Because the region in South America has a wide variety of climatic zones due to its geographical location and the differences in altitude. Viewed over the year, Patagonia is characterized by a cool and humid climate . On average, the Argentine summer months of December, January and February are the warmest in the entire area. This makes these months the most popular for traveling to Patagonia and the main travel season for the region. As I have shown you, however, the best time to travel to Patagonia depends on the location and preferences. If you want to visit Eastern Patagonia, the transition months in spring and autumn are also very suitable for a trip. For a ski holiday in Patagonia, the best time to travel to the country is in the Argentine winter. The most popular month is July , but a ski holiday is possible during the entire ski season from mid-June to mid-October.
I hope my climate data for Patagonia could help you with your vacation planning. Below I am linking you to articles in my travel magazine, in which you can find more information about Patagonia. You can find information about the best travel time for Chile in my travel calendar. And for a cheap vacation, I’ll present you the best deals for South America on my blog . Take a look and have unforgettable trips!