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Most people either visit Argentina between November to February to soak up the sun or during July to get the most out of the ski season. But August can also be a great month to discover this fascinating country. Be it spotting whales in Puerto Madryn, enjoying a ski vacation at a resort in Patagonia, or taking part in the famous Tango Festival in Buenos Aires, there are countless things to do and places to visit in Argentina in August.

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Argentina Weather in August

Lake Lacar in the province of Nuequen in Argentina
Tourists visit lake Lacar for recreational sports; hunting, fishing, sailing, and skiing are the most popular activities.

Argentina is incredibly vast, and there can be a lot of variation in temperatures depending on the area you will visit. For instance, in Buenos Aires, you will find mild temperatures with highs of 17℃ and lows of 10℃. Rain is common in the capital, but it will not be too much of a hassle, with an average of eight rainy days during August. As you head south, however, the weather gets colder. The city of Bahía Blanca, located southwest of Buenos Aires, has an average of 7℃ with lows of 4℃. Rainfall is unusual in this part of the country in August. The south is extremely cold during August, with frequent frost and snow. On higher altitudes in the Andes, the average temperature is around 2℃.

If you are not sure when to visit Argentina, make sure to check our travel guide on the best time to visit Argentina.

Weather in Argentina in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)151719
Avg Nightly (°C)81011
Avg Daily (°F)596367
Avg Nightly (°F)475052
Avg Rainfall (mm)505050

Why Visit Argentina in August

Gorgeous view from the top of Cerro Companario in Nahuel Huapi National Par
Nahuel Huapi National Park is home to vast lakes, the Rio Manso river, and the impressive Andes landscape that allows incredible trekking, kayaking, or rafting opportunities.

No matter which month you pick, there are always plenty of things to do in Argentina. However, there are a few extra reasons why you should visit this country in August. We have listed a few of them below.

  • Better rates: August falls in the low season, which means that you can get better rates for your accommodation and services during this time of year.
  • Less-crowded highlights: Another good reason to visit Argentina in August is that there will be way fewer tourists than in July. This will give you a better chance to mingle with the locals and avoid endless queues at every tourist site.
  • Winter sports: The south of Argentina gets incredibly snowy during the winter, allowing you to try your hand at several winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Some of the most popular places are Las Leñas, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, and Cerro Bayo, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Nahuel Huapi Lake.
  • Whale-watching: August is the perfect month for animal lovers. This is the time when southern right whales can be spotted in several areas of Argentina. Head for Puerto Madryn if you want to see these gorgeous creatures. If you are lucky, you may even catch sight of Magellanic penguins!
  • National park visits: Make sure that you include a few national parks, especially those in the northern part of the country, in your itinerary while heading for the country in August. The weather in this region will make your trip way more enjoyable. Some spectacular nature reserves that you can visit include El Leoncito, Sierra de las Quijadas and San Guillermo.
  • Festivities and celebrations: The month of August sees a variety of events across the country. For instance, the famous Buenos Aires International Tango Festival in which both amateurs and professional couples perform on the streets of Buenos Aires.
    Another popular celebration is Fiesta Nacional del Dorado. Organized in Paso de la Patria, this festival also includes a sport-fishing competition. Fishermen from all over the area take part in the event, hoping to catch the unique 'dorado', a bright yellow fish that can only be found in the waters of the Paraná River.

Where to go and what to do

Iguazu Falls on the Argentine side
Experience the sheer force and sounds of the Iguazu falls — the most powerful waterfall in the world.

If you are looking forward to making the most of the ski season, head for the south of the country, to Patagonia. One of the most popular resorts in the area is Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia, located near the town of Bariloche. For those interested in the cultures and traditions of Argentina, a stay in Buenos Aires along with a sightseeing tour of the city is a must. Other options include taking a tango class or joining a mate-tasting session.

Argentina has numerous nature reserves that nature lovers can enjoy. Gaze at the stunning Igazú Falls or venture to see the famous rock-wall formation of Talampaya National Park. August is also the perfect month for whale-watching. Southern right whales can be spotted in Bahía de San Antonio Reserve as well as in Mar del Plata.

Are you planning for a customized trip to Argentina in August? Then make sure to reach out to our local travel experts in Argentina for a personalized itinerary.

Argentina in August has something to offer for all kinds of travelers. Whether you want to get most of the ski season, join cultural events, or lose yourself in nature, you will not be disappointed. With mild temperatures in the north and plenty of snow in the south, it is always a good idea to book a trip to Argentina in August.

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Published by Will Cooper, updated on August 5, 2022

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