Argentina’s spring and summer months (September to February) are the best for outdoor activities in Patagonia and the Lake District. The weather is pleasant and clear blue skies really show off the epic scenery. Iguassu Falls can be visited at any time of year, as can Salta and the north, although from December to February it can get very hot. Buenos Aires is a great city all year round, but expect higher humidity in the summer months.
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Argentina's fun, vibrant capital city is a great year-round destination with plenty of restaurants, galleries and museums to keep you busy whatever the season. It does however tend to be more humid around December and January.
The Lake District
Outdoor activities are the big draw here, so visiting in spring and summer (September to February) is recommended. Lots of people come here to ski in the winter, when the snow makes for an impressive landscape, but be aware that this is not the time for hiking.
Patagonia is best visited during the Argentinian spring and summer. This is the best time for walking, as many hotels and several routes close during the winter months (June to August) and there aren't as many activities on offer. If you visit during March and April, you’ll catch the warm reds and oranges of the beech groves.
The falls can be visited all year round and really are a spectacular sight. Rainfall is higher from January to March which can make the water volume higher, but the rains vary every year and the water levels depend on the Brazilian dykes. Domestic tourism is particularly high around Easter, so you may wish to avoid this time if you prefer things a little quieter.
Salta and the North
The north of Argentina can be visited all year round, but during the summer (December to February) it can get incredibly hot, which isn't ideal if you want to be out hiking all day.
Australis cruises around Cape Horn operate from the end of September through to mid April. Outside of this window of time, the temperatures drop dramatically and the weather is far from its best.
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