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Patagonia in August: What are the obstacles?

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1. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 9y

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I was told the temperature is between -5 and +5 C. I live close to the Austrian boarder, always go skiing in winter and do NOT find this too cold.

Are there any other obstacles (apart from the low temperature) to visit the Perito Moreno glacier in August? Why is the region almost not visited in the winter months and why are many places closed down?

[ Edit: Edited on May 25, 2007, at 2:44 PM by StephanieH ]

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Many DO consider the Patagonian winter too cold, and I wouldn't recommend doing anything outdoor-ish, like hiking, since most parks are practically deserted which is tricky if something were to happen to you.

The most important practical problem concerns the closure of roads in southern Argentina in winter; you run the very real risk of suffering major delays, partly because of closures, partly because many bus companies cancel a large percentage of their services. But other than that, I don't see objections against visiting in winter. Only, I didn't find Perito Moreno particularly interesting...

enjoy!
Niels

3. Posted by StephanieH (Inactive 18 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

Many DO consider the Patagonian winter too cold, and I wouldn't recommend doing anything outdoor-ish, like hiking, since most parks are practically deserted which is tricky if something were to happen to you.

The most important practical problem concerns the closure of roads in southern Argentina in winter; you run the very real risk of suffering major delays, partly because of closures, partly because many bus companies cancel a large percentage of their services. But other than that, I don't see objections against visiting in winter. Only, I didn't find Perito Moreno particularly interesting...

enjoy!
Niels

Thank you, Niels!