I will be travelling through S. America from April to around July. I believe I'm pretty well sweet for the western side northern countries until I fly into Santiago from Cusco in May. I am realy looking forward to doing the Southern cone route through the Patagonia region but I realise that it will be the dead of winter which is a touch daunting. I was wondering if anyone could help a with any advice/ past experience within these winter months. Such as sight seeing availability, transport and generally if it is worthwhile. I'm extremely excited but am cautious of wasting my trip???
I appreciate any input. Cheers big ears. Matt.
Patagonia in winter is just no fun; cold, with little in the way of nature or scenery that is particularly worth going south for. Road transport should not be a problem, though parts of Ruta 40 and other roads close to/in the southern Andes may be closed in case of heavy snow.
As to sights: things like Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy will be no party because of the cold. El Calafate will be crowded as ever, I guess. Esquel/Sarmiento may be deserted, because the Bosco Petrífico is not open in winter afaik. Ushuaia in winter is nice, but not so special that you definitely have to go. The atlantic coast towns are a waste of time year-round except in austral spring (although there is a certain charm to Comodoro and Rawson).
All in all, I'd say your time is better spent elsewhere.
Transport won´t be a problem except for the ruta 40. I would say that if you like to ski you could visit the resorts like San Martin de los Andes, Bariloche, Esquel, and Ushuaia.
Otherwise I agree bentivogli that you had better wrap up warm to visit the main tourist spots like Calefate, or the bosque petrificado.