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Best Times to Visit Chilean Patagonia

The best time to visit Chilean Patagonia is November to early March (summertime in the southern hemisphere). Although you'll compete with heavy crowds during this peak season, the weather is ideal for exploring Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego. September, October, and November (spring) welcome colorful blooms, while March, April, and May (fall) usher in autumnal hues. Both times of year experience mild temperatures and fewer crowds. Avoid visiting between June and August (winter), when most attractions close and Southern Chilean Patagonia empties out. No matter when you visit, remember to pack layers and a sturdy windbreaker to shield yourself from Patagonia's chilly year-round winds.

Weather in Chilean Patagonia

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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September-November

Spring is gorgeous. While weather is temperate with daytime highs in the 50s, bring plenty of warm clothing with you. Biting winds and the occasional overcast sky can make it awfully chilly. If you can handle the cool temps, you'll beat the flood of tourists (and pricey accommodation costs) of peak summer months. You'll want to make your reservations at least three months in advance.

Key Events

  • Festival Internacional de Cine (October)
  • Oktoberfest (October)

November-early March

With dazzling vantage points from almost every angle—emerald lakes below and azure glaciers above—Patagonia summers are simply showing off. During this sweet season, daily highs rest in the 50s, making this an ideal time to flock to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. In the peak months of January and February, visitors arrive in droves to journey to Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. You'll want to make your travel arrangements several months before your trip to beat the rush of tourist groups.

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March-May

If you don't mind cooler temperatures, this can be a pleasant time to visit. Winds are not as strong as they are in the spring, and both hotel rates and summer crowds begin to wane. Daily highs fall into the 40s and 50s, making comfortable conditions for exploration.

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June-August (winter)

With the snow-capped Andes looming above, Chile's winter season draws skiers eager to hit the slopes in the Lake District (north of Southern Chilean Patagonia). But if you're visiting Chilean Patagonia to experience the most acclaimed sites (like Torres del Paine and Isla Magdalena), this is not the right time. Many top attractions close, temps drop to the 30s and 40s, and rooms are hard to come by.

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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