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Argentina in October: Witness the Marvels of Spring

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October offers the last chance to take advantage of uninterrupted tours to major destinations across Argentina. The country sees a spike in foot traffic starting in November as crowds pour in. Therefore, this is the best time to go on city tours, see highlights and adore the colors of spring. If you are traveling further south, do not miss out on the chance to explore the Argentinian outdoor and witness the marvels of nature in Puerto Madryn and Los Glaciares.

Argentina Weather in October

Colorful Building La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
A combination of marvelous architectural and cultural heritage and modern lifestyle makes Buenos Aires one of the most exciting cities in South America.

Spring sets in its full glory in most parts of Argentina in October. This is when sunshine is aplenty, and the weather is mild. However, prepare for occasional showers in some parts of the country.

Salta’s weather during this month is mild, averaging between 23°C to 26°C during the day, with possibilities of rain toward the end of the month. In Buenos Aires, the average temperature hovers between 18°C to 20°C, occasionally reaching a maximum of 22°C. The Argentine capital is humid and sees at least ten to eleven days of rain during this time of year.

On the other hand, October is early spring in Patagonia. This southern region is still chilly, with the mercury rarely breaking above 10°C, and the nights can see a significant drop in temperatures, sometimes reaching as low as 1°C.

For a seasonal overview, visit our travel guide on the best time to visit Argentina.

Why Visit Argentina in October

Grapevine in Mendoza, Argentina. Wine production.
Argentina has endless production lines of premium wines and is best known for its Malbecs.
Iguazu Falls in Argentina
The scenic view of Iguazu Falls can be enjoyed from the many viewing decks

The peak of the spring season offers visitors a chance to engage in an array of activities across Argentina. Below are a few reasons why you should head to the country during this time of year.

  • National parks: Argentine national parks are at their best in spring. You can take this chance to explore the famous Los Glacier or go on a tour to the lesser-known Esteros del Ibera. Further south, you can visit the majestic Iguazu Falls. However, be mindful of showers while wandering around one of the world’s largest waterfall systems.
  • Sightseeing tours: Avoid long, peak-season queues in museums and art galleries during this shoulder season. October offers a wonderful opportunity to study the artwork and historic relics in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo Histórico Nacional at your own pace. You can also go on city tours of Buenos Aires and Salta to embrace the lifestyle of the people there and relish their culture.
  • Best prices: The deals that come along with a winter slumber start evaporating after August. However, if you want to visit Argentina in October and start planning for your trip in advance, you might still be able to book accommodation and services at the lowest prices available.
  • Festivals: Oktoberfest is the most prominent event in October. And although Argentina is best known for its wines, the Argentinians still have a healthy appreciation for beer. Be part of the eleven-day-long Oktoberfest celebrations held in Cordoba during your trip to the country. Likewise, those visiting Patagonia should use this opportunity to experience Bariloche a la Carta — a week-long food festival with dozens of restaurants participating.

Where to go and what to do

Whale jumping out the water during a beautiful sunset
Puerto Madryn is a popular wildlife destination in Argentina and whale watching should definitely be on your list.

Whale-watching is a must if you are visiting Patagonia during this time of the year. Embrace the marvelous sights of southern right whales breaking to the surface in Puerto Madryn and chase a school of orcas flocking up to hunt sea lions in Caleta Valdes and Punta Delgada. You can also travel to Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve to join herds of Magellanic penguins.

To enjoy luxuriant forests, springtime blossoms, and picture-postcard lakes, head for the Argentine Lake District in northern Patagonia. As for city dwellers, now is a great time to embark on a sightseeing trip to Buenos Aires. Embrace the ambiance and architecture of Plaza de Mayo, visit the Colón Theater. For a little outdoor experience, spend some time in Jardin Botanico. Better still, combine your stay in the capital with a trip to Mendoza and discover this piece of gem located close to the Andes.

What to bring

Tango dancers in the Plaza Dorredo in the historic center of San Telmo, Bue
Summer in Argentina invites the best tango dancers to showcase their skills in the streets of Buenos Aires.

Pack in some quick-drying fabrics that move moisture away from your body. High-tech polyester, nylon, and merino wool are all viable options. It is further advisable to get a pair of solid, waterproof shoes as precipitation is high in most parts of the country.

October is a great time to visit Argentina and take advantage of the shoulder season. Less footfall in national parks like Los Glaciares and Iguazu as well as in metropolitan cities like Buenos Aires means that now is your chance to discover the country to your heart’s content.

Check out our Argentina tour page for more ideas and inspiration. If you want a tailor-made itinerary, feel free to reach out to our travel expert in Argentina. They can plan a customized trip to Argentina for you based on your requirements. For instant inspiration, check out our Argentine tours in October

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