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Argentinean Patagonia is composed of rolling romantic plains where the original Argentine gauchos (or cowboys) field their herds on the pampas as well as a 1,250-mile long Andean mountain chain. In the far south, the land is cold and desolate with glaciers and flat plateaus. Due to this variety of land, the weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable. However, in general, its position so far south compared to the rest of Argentina gives it a colder climate, ideal for winter activities such as skiing and also ideal for housing glaciers, deep forests and snowy mountain peaks.
This nature is very unlike the rest of South America's subtropical climate. In fact, Patagonia has four very distinct seasons, for instance summer when the national forests are in bloom with fresh growth and flowers to the winter, when frigid temperatures make some of the travel in the Andes difficult and generally draw people in from Bariloche to the ski lodges sipping on authentic, hot cocoa and coffee. These diverse seasons are opposite to South America’s Northern countries by six months.
The best time to visit Patagonia is October through March which is essentially the spring and summer months in Argentina. From October to April plan, Patagonia is good to visit for trekking, mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, rafting, hunting and golfing. From June to October, Patagonia is good for skiing. Prime time is in January.
Regardless, the weather in Patagonia can be very difficult to predict and prepare for so regardless of when, travelers should be prepared for cold or intemperate weather. Any where in Patagonia, one can experience sun, rain, or extreme wind at anytime. This is all worth it to see the extraordinary natural gifts this land has to offer.