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Best time to visit South America

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The best time to visit South America is April-June

Are you looking for the best time to visit South America? Well, you’re in the right place! Although South America is a great destination to visit almost all year round, April-June is the best time to go due to its perfect climate conditions. Around this time of year, flights and accommodation can also be cheaper as it is outside of key peak holiday seasons if you book well enough in advance.

During the peak of the warmer months, temperatures in Buenos Aires, South America can rise to a maximum of around 33℃ (92℉). In the colder months such as July, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 8℃ (46℉). Temperatures often differ in other areas of South America though so you can find out more information about this below.

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting South America, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of South America in November. Head there in June instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

To learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to South America, keep reading below. Plus, you’ll find tools to help you get the best deals on travel and hotels too!

Warmest month

January

Least rainfall

June

Most daylight

December

South America seasons

South America is a huge continent. The north of the continent sits on the equator, so the temperatures stay the same year-round, but there are much stronger extremes when it comes to wet and dry seasons. Towards central and the southern parts of South America like Argentina and Chile, temperatures follow the seasons of the Southern Hemisphere:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in South America

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
BarilocheNovember
20℃
7℃
19℃
7℃
17℃
5℃
12℃
3℃
8℃
1℃
4℃
-1℃
3℃
-3℃
4℃
-2℃
7℃
-0℃
10℃
1℃
14℃
3℃
18℃
5℃
Buenos AiresOctober-November
31℃
20℃
30℃
20℃
26℃
17℃
23℃
15℃
19℃
12℃
15℃
9℃
14℃
8℃
16℃
9℃
18℃
10℃
21℃
12℃
25℃
15℃
29℃
18℃
MendozaMay
28℃
19℃
27℃
17℃
24℃
15℃
20℃
11℃
16℃
8℃
13℃
5℃
11℃
3℃
15℃
6℃
17℃
8℃
21℃
11℃
25℃
14℃
27℃
17℃
SaltaMay
24℃
15℃
23℃
14℃
22℃
12℃
20℃
11℃
18℃
8℃
17℃
6℃
16℃
6℃
19℃
7℃
21℃
9℃
23℃
12℃
24℃
14℃
24℃
15℃
UshuaiaSeptember-November
11℃
4℃
11℃
3℃
10℃
3℃
7℃
1℃
4℃
-0℃
1℃
-2℃
1℃
-2℃
2℃
-2℃
4℃
-1℃
7℃
-0℃
9℃
1℃
10℃
3℃
La PazMay-June
11℃
5℃
12℃
5℃
12℃
5℃
12℃
4℃
12℃
2℃
11℃
0℃
11℃
0℃
11℃
1℃
12℃
3℃
13℃
5℃
13℃
6℃
12℃
6℃
BonitoNovember
31℃
21℃
30℃
21℃
30℃
20℃
29℃
18℃
26℃
16℃
25℃
15℃
25℃
14℃
29℃
16℃
32℃
18℃
32℃
20℃
32℃
20℃
31℃
21℃
BrasiliaOctober
26℃
18℃
26℃
18℃
26℃
18℃
26℃
17℃
25℃
16℃
25℃
15℃
26℃
14℃
28℃
16℃
30℃
18℃
29℃
20℃
26℃
19℃
26℃
19℃
ColomboApril-May
26℃
17℃
26℃
17℃
25℃
16℃
23℃
14℃
20℃
12℃
19℃
10℃
19℃
10℃
21℃
10℃
23℃
12℃
24℃
14℃
24℃
15℃
26℃
17℃
FlorianopolisApril-June
27℃
22℃
27℃
23℃
26℃
21℃
24℃
19℃
22℃
17℃
20℃
15℃
19℃
15℃
20℃
15℃
21℃
16℃
22℃
18℃
24℃
19℃
26℃
21℃
Foz Do IguacuJune
32℃
21℃
32℃
21℃
30℃
19℃
28℃
17℃
24℃
15℃
21℃
13℃
21℃
13℃
24℃
14℃
27℃
16℃
29℃
18℃
30℃
19℃
31℃
20℃
Ilha GrandeApril-October
32℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
31℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
21℃
33℃
22℃
34℃
22℃
34℃
23℃
33℃
23℃
32℃
23℃
Jijoca De JericoacoaraAugust-September
31℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
25℃
30℃
24℃
31℃
24℃
31℃
24℃
33℃
24℃
33℃
24℃
33℃
25℃
33℃
25℃
32℃
26℃
ManausAugust-October
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
32℃
22℃
33℃
22℃
36℃
23℃
36℃
24℃
36℃
25℃
34℃
25℃
32℃
24℃
Rio De JaneiroSeptember-October
29℃
24℃
30℃
23℃
28℃
23℃
27℃
22℃
25℃
20℃
24℃
19℃
24℃
18℃
24℃
18℃
25℃
19℃
26℃
21℃
26℃
21℃
28℃
23℃
SalvadorSeptember-November
28℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
29℃
26℃
28℃
26℃
27℃
25℃
26℃
25℃
26℃
24℃
26℃
24℃
26℃
24℃
27℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
28℃
26℃
Sao PauloSeptember-November
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
26℃
19℃
24℃
17℃
22℃
15℃
21℃
13℃
21℃
13℃
23℃
13℃
25℃
15℃
26℃
17℃
25℃
17℃
27℃
19℃
TrancosoJune
29℃
24℃
29℃
24℃
29℃
24℃
28℃
24℃
27℃
23℃
26℃
22℃
25℃
21℃
25℃
21℃
26℃
22℃
27℃
23℃
28℃
23℃
29℃
24℃
Punta ArenasNovember-January
13℃
8℃
13℃
8℃
12℃
7℃
9℃
6℃
7℃
4℃
5℃
3℃
5℃
2℃
5℃
2℃
7℃
3℃
9℃
4℃
11℃
5℃
12℃
7℃
San Pedro De AtacamaSeptember
21℃
9℃
20℃
10℃
20℃
8℃
18℃
6℃
15℃
3℃
12℃
1℃
12℃
0℃
14℃
1℃
16℃
3℃
18℃
5℃
20℃
6℃
21℃
8℃
SantiagoNovember-January
26℃
12℃
25℃
12℃
24℃
11℃
21℃
9℃
17℃
7℃
13℃
4℃
11℃
2℃
14℃
4℃
16℃
5℃
18℃
7℃
22℃
9℃
24℃
11℃
ValparaisoSeptember-October
22℃
15℃
22℃
15℃
22℃
15℃
20℃
13℃
18℃
12℃
16℃
10℃
15℃
9℃
16℃
9℃
17℃
9℃
18℃
10℃
20℃
12℃
21℃
13℃
BarranquillaSeptember-November
31℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
32℃
27℃
32℃
27℃
32℃
27℃
32℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
BogotaSeptember
20℃
10℃
20℃
11℃
19℃
11℃
18℃
11℃
19℃
11℃
18℃
10℃
18℃
10℃
19℃
10℃
20℃
10℃
19℃
10℃
19℃
11℃
19℃
10℃
CaliJune
26℃
17℃
26℃
17℃
26℃
18℃
25℃
18℃
25℃
17℃
26℃
17℃
26℃
17℃
27℃
17℃
26℃
17℃
25℃
17℃
25℃
17℃
25℃
17℃
CartagenaApril
31℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
31℃
26℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
30℃
27℃
30℃
26℃
30℃
26℃
LeticiaJune-July
30℃
22℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
30℃
21℃
31℃
21℃
33℃
22℃
34℃
22℃
33℃
23℃
32℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
MedellinApril
23℃
12℃
22℃
12℃
22℃
13℃
22℃
13℃
22℃
13℃
23℃
12℃
23℃
11℃
23℃
11℃
23℃
12℃
21℃
12℃
21℃
13℃
22℃
12℃
Santa MartaApril
27℃
24℃
27℃
24℃
27℃
24℃
27℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
27℃
25℃
27℃
25℃
27℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
28℃
25℃
27℃
25℃
BanosSeptember
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
12℃
4℃
12℃
4℃
13℃
4℃
14℃
4℃
14℃
6℃
14℃
6℃
13℃
6℃
CuencaApril-June
15℃
8℃
15℃
8℃
15℃
8℃
14℃
7℃
15℃
7℃
14℃
6℃
14℃
6℃
14℃
6℃
15℃
7℃
16℃
8℃
16℃
8℃
15℃
8℃
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Top FAQs

South America is in South America.

Check out these guides for the top must-see destinations in South America:

The warmest month of the year in Buenos Aires, one of the most popular places to visit in South America, is January.
The driest month of the year in Buenos Aires, South America, is usually around June each year.

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