Best time to visit Buenos Aires
Even though the “Paris of Latin America” can be visited during the whole year, there are two seasons where it’s particularly beautiful. These seasons are the Autumn (ends of March to mids of June) and the Spring (ends of September to mids of December) of the Southern Hemisphere.
In this post, we will have a review of the four seasons, checking the pros and cons of coming on each time of the year.
Fall: colors and culture – ends of March to mids of June
Together with spring, this is the best time to visit Buenos Aires. Temperatures are pleasant -around 20 degrees Celcius, and the streets are painted with the yellow and green colors of the trees.
The urban forestry design of many neighborhoods from Buenos Aires has been carefully designed. The mentor of this was the Architect Carlos Thays, who introduced species such as “Lapacho Rosado”, “Tipas”, “Ceibo” (National tree), “Palo Borracho”, and the famous “Jacarandá”.
These trees, together with others such as the “Fresno”, “Platano”, and “Liquidambar”, give the city a particular green stamp. There are even natural “tree tunnels” that cross from one sidewalk to the other, covering entire streets!
Social life burst among the locals, as the school year starts (March) together with many cultural events. Concerning culture, the 25th of May and it’s surrounding days remind the Argentinean Revolution in 1810. This brings along an important celebration.
The “International Buenos Aires Book Fair” is also an important event in April-May. If you like books, you shall not miss the beautiful book shop “El Ateneo”, constructed in an old theater near downtown. Other events take place, such as the International Horse Riding Exhibition, Art Fair, etc..
On the other hand, the football league is usually ongoing. Likewise, most of the milongas (places to go for tango dancing), museums, restaurants, and other places for social encounters are usually open.
Prices are reasonable, and you might expect not so many tourists.
Spring: more than Jacarandas – from ends of September to mids of December
Together with autumn, this is the best time to visit Buenos Aires. During November (usually on this month but can change a little bit) the Jacaranda trees blossom, having this particular violet color so interesting to see.
Other trees paint the city of colors, such as the Lapacho (pink), the Tipas (yellow), and the Ceibos (red). The “Rosedal Park” in Palermo is full of different -and colorful- roses, surrounded by a green atmosphere.
The weather is very pleasant, with temperatures around 25 degrees celsius (gets warmer in December and starts colder in the ends of September). This makes it great for walking tours or bike tours around the city (similar in autumn). The city of Buenos Aires is plenty of amazing hidden corners ready to be discovered, and one of the best ways of doing it is by walking or on a bike.
Spring is also a very good time to combine with other destinations of Argentina and Chile, particularly to see Patagonia and its wildlife.
During the month of November takes place the “Fiesta de la Tradición” (Tradition Fest) in San Antonio de Areco, which is the village known as the “cradle” of the Tradition in Argentina. You can enjoy staying in an Estancia (ranch), riding horses, or following the gaucho’s footprints by seeing the local exhibitions.
Social life has similarities with the autumn times, even though during spring it might be more events. For instance, the National Polo Championship is one of them.
The gastronomy in Buenos Aires deserves a chapter apart. This city has been named Capital for Gastronomy in Ibero America during 2017. This title is honored through the uncountable places to eat, from the elegant restaurants in Puerto Madero to the bohemian bars of Palermo. If you want to learn more about places to eat, click here.
Winter and Summer: not the best but still great times to come
During Winter (ends of June to mids of September), Buenos Aires is a little bit cold (around 10 degrees Celsius) and humid. Cultural events such as the Rural Exhibition (cattle and agriculture) take place, and people gather in the cozy Cafés of the city to entangle in endless conversations.
During the school winter holidays (usually in July) there is a lot going on, not only in Buenos Aires but also in other parts of Argentina. For instance, many families go to Bariloche or Ushuaia for skiing.
During Summer (ends of December to mids of March) the climate can be very hot and humid- around 30 degrees Celsius during January and February. In January, whereas the locals “abandon” the city to go on holidays, foreigners come to visit, being sometimes difficult to find good prices for accommodation and other services. Some museums might be closed as well (even though there are some cultural events).
However, summer is also a great time to visit the city and discover its different neighborhoods. It’s a special time to eat outside during the evenings and to have a drink at the rooftops of buildings with amazing views. It’s also a very good time to combine with other destinations such as Patagonia. And why not, to enjoy the waters of the Tigre Delta.
Click here to learn more about the Festivals and Events in Buenos Aires.
National Holidays in Argentina
These are some of the Holidays in Argentina:
Jan, 1, New Year. Feb, 25 & 25, Carnival. March, 24, Memorial day. April, 2, Islas Malvinas. April, Easter. May, 1, Labor Day. May, 25, Revolution Day. June, 15, Commemoration of General Güemes. June, 20, Flag Day. July, 9, Independence Day. August, 17, San Martin Day. September, 21, Spring Day. October, 12, Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity. November, 23, National Sovereignty day. December, 8, Immaculate Conception Day. December, 24 & 25, Christmas. December, 31, New Year’s Eve.
Note: the information on this post might change depending on different factors, for instance, those relevant to COVID-19. Likewise, this content is based on opinions and should be taken into consideration other things such as the personal preferences of each traveler.
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