When to Go

High Season (Nov–Feb)

  • Patagonia is best (and most expensive) December to February.
  • Beaches throng with crowds from late December through January.

Shoulder (Sep–Nov & Mar–May)

  • Temperature-wise, these are the best times to visit Santiago.
  • Lakes District is pleasant September to November; April brings fall foliage in the south.
  • Wine country has grape harvests and wine festivals in March.

Low Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Best time for ski resorts is June to August.
  • A good time to visit the north.
  • Few services on the Carretera Austral; mountain passes can be blocked by snow.
  • Transportation and accommodations are busy in July.