Start planning your spring trip to Patagonia
Patagonia covers a third of Argentina and Chile. Its a vast wilderness of grassy plains, mountain ranges, glaciers, fjords, and lakes. Wild, untamed, and full of awe-inspiring natural beauty, this is an ultimate travel destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Spring in Patagonia, when the winter snow begins to melt and plants and flowers burst into their spring colors, is not the peak season, but it might be a great time to plan your hiking trip to Patagonia.
Why should I visit Patagonia in the spring?
Spring in Patagonia lasts from September to November. After the winter months, during which many areas are inaccessible or closed, the spring months offer hikers a chance to be the first to tread paths that haven't seen any humans in months. The early spring months are known as the shoulder season, during which travelers have full access to facilities, but at discount prices and with few other visitors around. As some animals retreat into the mountains and forests during peak season, the quieter spring season is the ideal time to spot unique wildlife.
The best things to do in Patagonia in spring
Patagonia in spring is a dream destination for nature lovers and adventurers. As the region is incredibly vast and diverse, and unexpected weather conditions and limitations in infrastructure can pose challenges at any time of year, navigating the area requires some research and planning. Here are some experiences not to be missed.
Celebrate the Fiestas Patrias in Chile
During Fiestas Patrias, taking place on the 18 and 19 of September, Chileans take to the streets to indulge in parties and parades. This is an opportunity to kick off your adventure with a local celebration, before heading into the remote wilderness Patagonia has to offer.
Take a ski stopover in the Andes mountains
Early spring is the crossover season and the month of September offers the last opportunity for skiing in the Andes. Take advantage of this by making a skiing stopover, before hitting the hiking trails in Patagonia.
Try hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine is Patagonia's undisputed highlight. Rolling grasslands and azure lakes surround the three mighty spires of the Paine Massif, making for days of wondrous exploration.
Go ice trekking in Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park is home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the surface of which can be explored on foot. Examining the glacier up close and picking a way through massive ridges of creaking, groaning ice is an experience of a lifetime.
Get a taste of gaucho life on an estancia
Venture into the countryside to get a taste of the day-to-day life of Patagonian gauchos. Various estancias (ranches) offer opportunities to stay over, experience family and farming life, and go horse riding.
What's the weather like in Patagonia in the spring?
The weather in Patagonia is highly unpredictable: it is said that you can experience all four seasons in one afternoon. Yet in general, the Patagonian spring, lasting from September to November, is characterized by relatively warm, though sometimes chilly days and cold nights. Rain is to be expected, but the winds are moderate.