Patagonia in October

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1. Posted by toomast (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I`m travelling to Argentina on October 20th. And my big question mark is the weather in Southern Patagonia at that time. Would be nice to go to see Fitz Roy Perito Moreno.
But I hace very controversial information about the conditions at that time. Some say it`s way too rainy, cold etc, some say it is a beautiful spring.
Would much appreciate if anyone could describe what it is. Worth going then ( as it is still quite some travel from BA) or not?


2. Posted by sdaltrey (Budding Member 68 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


The short answer is that the weather could be anything. I´ve seen days in Ushuaia with all day sun at 20c then the next with wind and rain at 5c. If you´re lucky you can get some really nice weather in October but it´s not guaranteed.

In October 2004 I did a round trip from Ushuaia, to El Calefate, El Chalten, Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas and back to Ushuaia again. We were really lucky with the weather, with warm sunshine at around 20c in El Calefate and El Chalten, and then a bit cloudy and around 15c in Torres del Paine, and some rain in Puerto Nateles and Punta Arenas.

Hope this helps, and enjoy your trip,


3. Posted by toomast (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks a lot Steve

4. Posted by helper (Full Member 55 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Weather is unpredictable here in Buenos Aires or there in the southern tip of the country. October is not bad in the area and the high season begins. The Fitz Roy is in Chalten town and if you want to see it, you d better stay there for one day complete. From Calafate there are buses that take you to chalten in the afternoon. then you have the whole day in Chalten to do trekking.
and return same bus to calafate when the day is finishing.

The first thing i would do is to get the air tickets to Calafate.
If they are not the low rate tickets they are very expensive now.
Once there, You can make it to Chalten for a day and to TDP for 2 nights. Remember Calafate is the place where the Perito Moreno Glacier is and that deserves a visit of one full day if you trek on it.

good luck.

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was planning on travelling to Torres Del Paine for this week but was told the weather is so bad there with snow that alot of it is closed.Plus someone told me they also close off Route 40 every year because of bad weather (THANKS FOR NOT MENTIONING THIS LONELY PLANET) so ive had to route my my whole trip and am now in Argentina instead.
However im not complaining too much as even though ive only been here for 6 days i love this country.

Torres Del Paine and the rest of that area will now have to wait till November time.

6. Posted by BobFrassinetti (Budding Member 64 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Toomast,

Let me tell you a bit about Patagonia weather... it's closer to the Antarctica and there are also cold winds coming from the Atlantic.
Spring has started on Sept 21st, and as everywhere else you might get some rainy days... however it is usually nice, cool and bright blue sky...
As always with weather it is a matter of good luck, but it is not rain season, that is in Winter and Autumn...
Checking the forecast and a good pinch of luck will provide you a good weather...

Hope I've been of help, Cheers from sunny BA, Bob