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Now that you know when is the best time to visit El Calafate, you have to know that, probably, many others have read this useful article too. This leads to an inevitable fact: during summer El Calafate and the walkways of Perito Moreno Glacier will be crowded. So, “is it summer the best time to visit El Calafate, if I want to be alone with the mighty glaciers?”. The answer is no.
The best time to visit El Calafate and Patagonia, in general, is summer (from December to February). However, you can try to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, the main attractions in El Calafate during spring or at the end of the beginning of winter too. Sping in Argentina goes from September to November and many travelers choose it too to visit the country, because:
Yes, you can, but you need to take into account that many places can be closed due to the heavy weather (it usually snows in Patagonia), days will be shorter and temperatures can drop to -2°C. But the good news is that you’ll have a few windy days and you’ll be practically alone with the Perito Moreno to take your best shot.
So… when is really the best time to visit El Calafate?
Well, probably spring and autumn (from March to August) are the best options in terms of weather and the affluent of visitors. Though Autumn is still a bit rainy, winds are calm and you’ll have enough daylight to explore.
All this being said, the best time to visit El Calafate, in fact, is whenever your heart wants, since in each season you’ll have advantages and disadvantages. The important thing when planning a trip to Patagonia is to check if there is there are enough flight offers, and if the natural highlights you want to see are available (during winter, some national parks closed) which is not the case of Glaciers National Park where sits the Perito Moreno.
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