Weather in Argentina in August

While Argentina is often celebrated for its vibrant and warm summers, however, the winter season offers its own unique charm. Whether you seek the thrill of winter sports in Patagonia, the cultural charm of Buenos Aires, or the mild temperatures of the north, here is our guide to the weather in August in Argentina,  with tips from our local travel experts.

Travelling to Argentina in August

In Argentina, August falls in the Southern Hemisphere's winter. The southern regions, like Patagonia, transform into a snowy paradise. Meanwhile, in the north, temperatures are mild and comfortable. 

Benefits of visiting Argentina in August

When planning a trip to Argentina in August, the advantages and disadvantages are contingent on your preferences and the kind of experience you're seeking. Here are some benefits to take into account.

It’s a great time for winter adventures

Plan your trip to Argentina in August, and you’ll open the door to a world of thrilling winter adventures. The snow-covered landscapes of Patagonia and the Andes become your playground, offering opportunities for activities like skiing, snowboarding, and dog sledding. 

Whether you seek the adrenaline rush of winter sports or the serenity of a snowshoeing excursion, Argentina in August is sure to make for a memorable trip.

August is fantastic for witnessing wildlife

August is a great time to explore the coastal areas of Argentina, where you can witness awe-inspiring marine wildlife. Head to the Valdes Peninsula, where Southern right whales gather for their annual migration. You can witness in person the spectacle of breaching and tail-slapping. 

Additionally, you might encounter playful sea lions, penguins, and orcas along the rugged shores. The combination of Argentina's diverse marine life and the winter season provides a unique and memorable wildlife-watching experience.

Grassland desert in Patagonia, Argentina © Stanislav Spurny/Shutterstock

Grassland desert in Patagonia, Argentina © Stanislav Spurny/Shutterstock

Glaciers of August are prime for ice trekking

You may want to explore the pristine beauty of Argentine glaciers with the thrilling activity of ice trekking during your August visit. Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park offers a stunning backdrop for this adventure. 

Equipped with crampons, you can traverse the icy expanse, marvel at the towering blue walls of the glacier, and witness the dramatic calving events.

Anticipating an August exploration? Dive into more suggestions for the best August destinations.

Downsides of visiting Argentina in August

Visiting Argentina in August has its own considerations, particularly as it is still winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Here are some downsides to be aware of:

Patagonia comes with its challenges

If you plan to visit Patagonia, you’ll have to be prepared for winter weather, including cold temperatures and the possibility of snow. Some accommodations and services may remain closed for the season, and outdoor activities may still be limited.

In some cases, reduced tourism services

August is considered the low tourist season, and some businesses, especially in tourist-heavy areas, may close or operate with reduced services. This can impact the availability of accommodations, restaurants, and tours.

The days are shorter

Winter brings shorter daylight hours, reducing the time available for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Not sure when to travel? Arm yourself with info on when to go to Argentina around the year.

San Telmo neighborhood buildings and San Pedro Telmo Church - Buenos Aires, Argentina © Diego Grandi/Shutterstock

San Telmo neighborhood buildings and San Pedro Telmo Church - Buenos Aires, Argentina © Diego Grandi/Shutterstock

Weather in Argentina in August

August continues the winter season in Argentina, with varying temperatures across the country.

Temperatures and humidity

Here is the weather in Argentina in August, categorized by geographical region:

North Argentina

In August, northern Argentina experiences cool weather as winter persists. In the northern provinces like Salta and Jujuy, August temperatures range from 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F). 

While milder than in the southern regions, residents and visitors should anticipate chilly conditions. Humidity levels are generally low, ranging from 10% to 30%.

Central Argentina

Central Argentina also remains in the grip of winter in August, with cool temperatures prevailing throughout the month. Cities such as Cordoba and Mendoza in central Argentina experience temperatures between -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F) in August. Humidity levels remain low, ranging from 20% to 40%,

Southern Argentina

Southern regions like Bariloche and Neuquén see cold temperatures in August, ranging from -10°C to 0°C (14°F to 32°F). Cold temperatures and snow-covered landscapes characterize this region. Humidity levels are typically low, ranging from 10% to 30%.

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Perito Moreno, Argentina @ Shutterstock

Temperatures around Buenos Aires

August in Buenos Aires marks the latter part of winter, with cool daytime temperatures and cold evenings. Warm clothing is necessary for residents and visitors as they embrace the remaining weeks of winter in the city. Temperatures range from 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F) in August. Humidity levels remain moderate, ranging from 30% to 50%

Temperatures in Patagonia

Patagonia experiences the peak of winter conditions in August, with cold temperatures and continued snow cover. Temperatures range from -15°C to -5°C (5°F to 23°F). The region's landscapes remain enchantingly white, offering a winter wonderland for those who travel here. 

If you’re planning a trip for August, you should be prepared for chilly weather and may enjoy the peaceful ambiance of winter in Patagonia during this snowy month.

What about crowds and costs in August?

August continues the winter season in Argentina. Winter sports enthusiasts flock to the Andes, contributing to increased demand in those regions. 

Urban areas, however, often see fewer tourists, resulting in more moderate accommodation and travel costs. You can take advantage of the winter ambiance in certain destinations while enjoying budget-friendly options in others.

Still haven't decided where you're going this summer? Explore our list of the best August holiday destinations.

Cafayate Salta mountains in Argentina

Cafayate Salta mountains in Argentina

Best places to see in August

Here’s our selection of the finest places to include in your travel plans to take advantage of the weather in Argentina in August:

San Martin de los Andes

This charming town in northern Patagonia is surrounded by lakes and mountains. In winter, it becomes a haven for snow sports enthusiasts, with opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

La Cumbrecita

Tucked away in the Sierras de Córdoba, La Cumbrecita is a picturesque alpine-style village. While it doesn't typically receive heavy snowfall, the winter months provide a tranquil setting for those seeking a peaceful escape.

Cafayate

Known for its vineyards and stunning landscapes, Cafayate in the northwest offers a different winter experience. The wineries are open year-round, and you can enjoy wine tastings against the backdrop of the colorful mountains.

Considering visiting Argentina in August? Dive into our  Argentina itineraries to start planning your perfect trip.

Natural amphitheater in the Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate, Argentina © Shutterstock

Natural amphitheater in the Quebrada de las Conchas, Cafayate, Argentina © Shutterstock

Best things to do in August

August is a great time to explore Argentina, here’s our pick of the best things to do during your trip. For more inspiration, see our guide to the best things to do in Argentina.

Visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park

August is an opportune time to explore the natural beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park, situated at the southern tip of Argentina. As winter begins to wane, the park offers a picturesque landscape of snow-dusted forests, majestic mountains, and pristine rivers. 

Take a scenic drive along the famed End of the World Route, hike the well-marked trails, or marvel at the serene vistas of Lapataia Bay. 

Hike in El Chaltén

August marks the tail end of winter in El Chaltén, making it an ideal time for adventurous souls to explore the hiking trails amidst the stunning Patagonian scenery. As snow still blankets the landscapes, the trails leading to Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre offer a unique winter wonderland experience.

Discover El Bolsón's artisan market

For a cultural and artistic experience, visit the El Bolsón Artisan Market in August. This charming town, nestled in the Andes, hosts a vibrant market showcasing the work of local artisans and craftsmen. 

Browse through stalls filled with handmade jewelry, textiles, and woodcrafts while enjoying the bohemian atmosphere. The winter months add a cozy touch to the market.

Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

Visit Salta's High-Altitude Archaeological Museum

You can delve into the rich history of the Andean region by visiting Salta's High-Altitude Archaeological Museum in August. Situated at a high altitude, the museum houses well-preserved artifacts from Inca times, including the famous "Llullaillaco Children" mummies. 

Explore the Lake District

August is a great time to explore Argentina's picturesque Lake District, where charming alpine villages and crystalline lakes are surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Bariloche, nestled within this region, offers a perfect base for exploring Nahuel Huapi National Park. 

Here you can enjoy winter sports, take scenic drives along the Circuito Chico, and sample Swiss-style chocolates.

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View over Lake Correntoso in Patagonia Argentina © Shutterstock

View over Lake Correntoso in Patagonia Argentina © Shutterstock

Events and festivals in August

Here are some of the events and festivals you can experience in Argentina in August:

Tango Festival and World Championship

August brings the world-renowned Tango Festival and World Championship to Buenos Aires, where tango enthusiasts and dancers from around the globe gather to showcase their passion for this iconic Argentine dance.

Fiesta Nacional de la Minería 

San Juan celebrates the Fiesta Nacional de la Minería in August, recognizing the importance of mining in the region with exhibitions, cultural events, and activities that showcase the local mining industry.

Festival Nacional de la Tonada

Tunuyán, Mendoza, comes alive in August with the Festival Nacional de la Tonada, a celebration of traditional Argentine folk music that showcases the unique tonada style and pays homage to the cultural heritage of the region.

Fiesta Nacional del Salame

Tandil, Buenos Aires, hosts the Fiesta Nacional del Salame in August, a culinary festival celebrating the art of salami-making with tastings, competitions, and cultural events that highlight the rich gastronomic traditions of the area.

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 21.02.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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