Winter in Patagonia: Weather, Destinations, and Travel Essentials

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Temperatures drop and a pristine blanket of snow creates a mesmerizing spectacle in Patagonia between June and September. It is wintertime in this part of the world. The majestic mountains, glaciers, and frozen lakes invite nature lovers and adventure seekers. Engage in thrilling activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice climbing, set out on a snowshoeing adventure along the scenic trails, or embark on a peaceful glacier walk that will uplift your spirit. A trip to Patagonia during winter also offers a chance to witness the ballet of the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis), an awe-inspiring exhibition of radiant colors. Winter in Patagonia reveals nature’s icy masterpiece that will surely hold you in thrall.

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Weather and Temperatures during winter in Patagonia

The landscape of Perito Moreno glacier during August in Patagonia.
Winter in Patagonia brings cold temperatures, frequent snowstorms, and wet conditions, creating a captivating yet challenging environment.

The winter season in Patagonia, which lasts from June to September, offers a drastic change in weather patterns. Overall, the average high temperatures in these four months can range between 9°C to 11°C. The average lows are anywhere from 0°C to 2°C. But the mercury can dip significantly, way past the freezing point in some remote areas. Patagonia is also noted for its strong winds during the winter.

The northern parts of the region such as Bariloche and the Lake District see an average temperature range between -2°C and 10°C during the day. Temperatures can be extreme further south in places like Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego, where daytime temperatures range from -5°C to 5°C. Intense winds and occasional snowstorms can worsen the winter conditions. As weather patterns in Patagonia can be unpredictable, bring warm clothes, waterproof coats, hats, gloves, and sturdy boots.

  June July August September
Avg high 9°C (48°F) 8°C (46°F) 8°C (46°F) 11°C (52°F)
Avg low 1°C (34°F) 0°C (32°F) 0°C (32°F) 2°C (36°F)
Rainfall (mm) 50 40 40 50

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Patagonia.

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Patagonia in July
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Panoroma of glacier Perito Moreno in Patagonia.
Take advantage of fewer crowds during winter and take in the beauty of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia.

Patagonia in winter offers plenty of opportunities, from wildlife encounters to exhilarating activities. Here are some of the reasons why you should plan a trip to Patagonia during winter:

  • Winter sports: Winter in Patagonia offers a variety of exciting sports and adventures. This is the best time to hit the slopes in popular ski resorts such as Cerro Catedral or Cerro Chapelco, which are surrounded by spectacular mountain landscapes. Crossing glaciers like the Perito Moreno and Viedma, and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing through snowy forests and valleys are also remarkable experiences to have during winter.
  • Festivals: Patagonia celebrates an array of festivals during winter. The Fiesta Nacional del Lago (National Lake Festival) is held at El Calafate, a hamlet near Perito Moreno Glacier, which features a variety of cultural performances. Another popular event is the Winter Carnival in Punta Arenas which draws both locals and visitors. The carnival includes colorful costume parades, traditional dance, and music.
  • Lower crowds and rates: Patagonia sees fewer visitors during the winter season. Thinner crowds mean you will get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the region's natural splendor completely undisturbed and without being rushed. Lodgings and tours are also available at lower rates during this time. Talk about value for money!
  • Hot springs and wellness retreats: The winter months are ideal for relaxing and rejuvenating in Patagonia's hot springs and health retreats. Soaking in natural hot springs such as Termas de Puyuhuapi or Termas Geométricas is a great way to beat the cold weather and relax your travel-weary body. Many retreats and lodges also include spa treatments, yoga lessons, and meditation sessions.


Patagonia has a variety of destinations that offer stunning landscapes and unforgettable experiences. Here are the top places to visit in Patagonia during winter:

1. Los Glaciers National Park

Wonderful landscapes with Mount Fitz in Los Glaciares National Park.
Los Glaciares National Park includes Perito Moreno and is best known for the dramatic icefalls from its front wall into Lake Argentino.

Home to the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina is a must-visit place during the winter months. Witness the glacier's stunning beauty as massive chunks of ice break off and smash into the surrounding lake, producing a spectacular display. During your trip to Los Glaciers National Park, you can hike the approved pathways to see the serene frozen vistas or take boat tours to admire the beautiful glacier walls from up close.

Major attractions: Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Torre, Upsala Glacier, Laguna de los Tres, and Lago Argentino.


  • Winter is the off-season so there will be fewer crowds, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the park in peace and quiet.
  • Cold winter temperatures can heighten the visual experience of glaciers.
  • Winter is the best time to enjoy activities like snowshoeing, winter hiking, and ice climbing.


  • Many wildlife species in Los Glaciares National Park are less active during the winter months. So spotting them can be difficult.
  • Due to the low season, some of the services and facilities within the park may be limited.

2. El Chalten

El Chalten city in Patagonia.
Explore the rugged beauty of El Chalten, where nature and adventure collide in the heart of Patagonia.

Located on the Argentinian Patagonia, El Chalten transforms into a charming winter haven from June to September. The snow-covered peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre rise majestically, creating a captivating setting for hiking. Take the frost-covered woods and frozen rivers that lead to stunning overlooks such as the iconic Laguna de los Tres. El Chaltén tour provides a genuinely wonderful experience for nature enthusiasts during winter.

Major attractions: Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Torre, and Lago del Desierto.


  • The snow-capped peaks, frozen lakes, and frost-covered forests of El Chalten are especially beautiful during the winter season.
  • As winter is the low season, you may find discounted rates or special offers on tours.


  • Hiking on snow-covered trails and icy paths can be challenging.

3. Puerto Natales

Snow capped mountains behind Puerto Natales during cloudy day in Patagonia.
Discover the allure of Puerto Natales, nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia during the winter season.

Located in the Chilean Patagonia, Puerto Natales is an enchanting town surrounded by natural beauty. Here, you can explore the adjacent fjords and glaciers during winter. On the Puerto Natales tour, you can take a boat journey to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers to see the magnificent blue ice sculptures and interact with lively sea lions. In the evenings, dine on hearty Patagonian fare while warming up by the fire at one of the snug restaurants.

Major attractions: Milodon Cave Natural Monument, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers, Puerto Natales Waterfront, Mylodon Statue, Municipal Historical Museum, and Sierra Dorotea.


  • As Puerto Natales sees fewer crowds during winter, you can enjoy the attractions, trails, and viewpoints without the hustle and bustle.
  • Winter can provide excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings of sea lions, black-necked swans, and more.


  • Icy road conditions may hinder access to certain areas.


A man enjoying skiing in Patagonia during August.
Enjoy skiing and other in Patagonia's snowy wonderland during winter.
A group of people hiking in the mountains of Patagonia.
Experience the crisp mountain air as you hike through Patagonia's breathtaking hiking trails.
  • Go take a hike: Lace up your boots and head to Patagonia for epic winter hiking. Visit renowned national parks such as Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares to see frozen lakes, snow-covered peaks, and spectacular landscapes. Explore gorgeous routes, spot rare species, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the winter wilderness.
  • Enjoy skiing and snowboarding: Patagonia has several world-class ski resorts that draw winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Cerro Catedral near Bariloche and Cerro Chapelco near San Martin de los Andes are popular skiing destinations. Enjoy an exciting day of skiing or snowboarding among breathtaking mountain scenery.
  • Try ice climbing: Test your climbing skills on frozen waterfalls and ice walls in sites like El Chaltén, El Calafate, and Ushuaia. Experience the excitement of scaling icy formations while enjoying the breathtaking views.
  • Spot wildlife: Though many animals in Patagonia go into hibernation during the winter months, you can still spot some majestic marine creatures like the migrating whales off the coast of Peninsula Valdes, penguins, seals, and sea lions. You might even chance upon the elusive Andean condors flying over the mountains.


  • Make sure to pack essential winter gear such as warm jackets, scarf, thermal socks, and insulated boots to keep you warm and comfortable in the cold.
  • Check the trail conditions before embarking on walks or other outdoor activities. Due to snow and ice, winter conditions may cause trail closures or limited accessibility.
  • Winter in Patagonia can bring harsh weather conditions, including strong winds and snowstorms. Stay updated on weather forecasts and be prepared for changes in conditions.
  • Though winter is the low season in Patagonia, popular destinations can still get busy, especially during holidays and weekends. So plan your trip and make reservations in advance.

Winter in Patagonia offers unique opportunities for adventure and exploration in the region’s stunning landscapes. The dramatic mountains, pristine glaciers, and icy lakes create a magical backdrop for your vacation. Low tourist crowds and icy weather will only enhance the sounds and vistas of glaciers, mountains, and lakes. So whether you are a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply in search of a peaceful retreat, Patagonia in winter will leave you with unforgettable memories.

For more ideas on what you can do on your trip to Patagonia during winter, see our guide on the things to do in Patagonia.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on May 26, 2023

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