There are many things to look forward to if you are planning to visit Chilean Patagonia this year. It all depends on what you are looking for and what you are planning to do. If you are on the lookout for an adventure sports program (which are plenty here), a penguin boat trip to see some adorable black and white creatures or even if you just want to unleash the photographer from deep within, the time of the year can vary. Hopefully, some of the tips given below will help you decide a final date for your holiday. Remember, weather and the conditions can vary dramatically over the large expanse of area, but there is always something to do in Patagonia no matter which time of the year you plan to visit.
The peak summer months of December – February sees the most influx of tourists as it is the warmest time of the year. However, with the warm 15 degree Celsius temperature comes the infamous winds of Patagonia which can reach over 120 miles an hour. If you want to miss the crowds and the lashing winds, you can think about visiting the region during Spring or Fall seasons where the temperatures may be cooler, but the winds will be calmer as well. As this region boasts of many picturesque hiking trails, many people do flock here in the summer to get a glimpse of Patagonia’s beauty. Most of the popular trails are inaccessible in winter due to the snow and wintry conditions, but it has been remarked that the pristine untouched snow white beauty of a wintry Patagonian landscape is worth a day’s hike. As most of the routes will be closed for winter, you should plan your trip in warmer months to visit the Torres del Paine National Park and be prepared for all weather conditions as it can change dramatically.
2. Missing out on the tourist crowds
If bumping into other tourists is not your thing, never fret. It is guaranteed that no matter where you go in Patagonia, you will more or less have the entire landscape to yourself. You will never find yourself trailing behind a while passel of cars on the roads of the National Parks. However, the summer months being the most tourist friendly, it is advised that you booked your campsites or hotel rooms in advance to avoid any disappointments. If you want to take a chance at having an empty Patagonian horizon to yourself, travel in late autumn or early spring when everything is quieter.
3. Something for the Adrenaline Junkies
Patagonia is a fantastic place for those who want to get their adrenalin pumping. Whether it is kayaking, mountain biking or horse riding, travel during the months from November through to March. If skiing and winter sports are more your thing, plan your holiday for September.
4. Wildlife Sighting
If you are a wildlife photographer, your best chances of sighting some rare animals is to visit during the seasons of spring and fall which is the quieter visitor months. However, if you are planning to visit Patagonia in summer, you will be able to see the fauna and wildlife the minute you leave the cities and towns behind you. Penguins are best seen during the months of November through March when you travel by boat in the Strait of Magellan.
Patagonia has a spectacular landscape and the contrasting colors of the Fall season makes it worth the visit. See the flaming trees combined with milky blue lakes framed by white gleaming mountains and capture it all.
6. Travel Deals
The shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall are the best time to get all the best travel deals – you’ll probably get great flight ticket prices, reduced rates and even bonus free nights at many hotels.