What makes Spring in Argentina such a great time to visit?

By Tracey Chandler

Argentina Spring, By davelizadventure.blogspot.comSpring in Argentina is a wonderful time to visit, firstly because of the weather. The days begin to get longer after the winter, and the sun starts to come back out of its shell — without being that kind of aggressive summer sun — so that we can run around freely in shorts and t-shirt.

 

Spring in Argentina takes place from September to December, and is truly a marvellous spectacle which isn’t repeatable at any other time during the year. The waterfalls of Iguazú flourish and plunge us deep into the depths of the surrounding forest. The countries various provinces, like Córdoba, offer us beautiful opportunities to come face to face with hills and rivers at their very best.

Buenos Aires is also spectacular during spring, owing to its blooming trees, the changes of colour, and the life which oozes from its vegetation. Visiting Buenos Aires in the spring and not in the summer is the perfect way to avoid large numbers of tourists — creating the sensation that the capital, and its various places of interest, has been reserved just for you.

If you do decide to hop on a flight to Argentina this spring, you might want to consider adding the following destinations and travel itinerary ideas to your list.

Buenos Aires, By road2argentina.com

 

Gualeguaychú

Gualeguaychú is one of the prettiest cities in Argentina, located in the Entre Ríos province. It’s a quiet, peaceful, and secure city, which boasts an incomparable beauty owing to its incredibly favourable position alongside the Uruguay River.

The weather during the spring in Gualeguaychú is a warm, pampa kind of weather, with average temperatures of 18 degrees. Towards the end of the spring season, these temperatures gradually climb, and can be in the region of 30 degrees before hitting the middle of December.

A particularly fun activity to try during the spring in Gualeguaychú is a visit to some of the city’s many thermal bath centres and spas. There are lots of thermal baths, swimming pools, and thermal-related spas in Gualeguaychú. The activity is relaxing and decadent. A few days or an entire week in the thermal spas of Gualeguaychú during the spring will help to inject lots of life back into your body.

Hot Springs, By welcomeargentina.com
Córdoba

Córdoba is an Argentine province which is popular with tourists from all over the world all year round. It’s marvellous composition of tradition mixed with modernity, its cultural activities, and its history, is what brings people to the province 365 days of the year. However, spring in Córdoba is particularly interesting if you enjoy participating in local festivals.

Every October, the National Beer Festival is celebrated in Villa General Belgrano. The first ever celebration of this annual festival was way back in 1963, and is Argentina’s answer to the world famous beer festival, Oktoberfest, held every year in Munich, Germany. Argentina’s National Beer Festival is largest of its kind across the whole of Latin America. As well as being able to taste lots of varieties of beer, the festival always plays host to a number of music, folklore, and artisanal events.

Oktoberfest, By prensa.cba.gov.ar

If beer isn’t your thing, you’ll be please to know that Córdoba’s mountains walks are particularly illuminating during the spring. The Sierras Chicas, the Sierras Grandes, the Traslasierra Valley, and many of the walks along the Altas Cumbres are very beautiful at this time of year. It’s easy to travel along these routes, discovering small towns and cities as you go — cities like Nono, Alta Gracia, Cura Brochero, Jesus Maria, and La Falda.

One spot perfect for families traveling to Argentina in the spring is the recreational complex located in the surrounding areas of La Falda — 7 Cascadas (meaning seven waterfalls). The complex is situated in the middle of an incredible and powerful landscape. It offers a range of services for the wandering traveler and meets the high demands of even the most difficult to please. It’s name comes from the seven waterfalls located along uneven ground nearby.

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San Luis

A good reason to take a trip to San Luis in the spring is to take part in the annual festival, Festival de la Calle Angosta, which has taken place during December for the past 20 years. “Calle Angosta” was a very catchy cueca tune composed by the Argentine musical duo — Alfredo Alfonso and José Inocencio Adimanto Zavala — and the festival initially began in remembrance of their work. Alfonso died in Buenos Aires in 1980, and Adimanto not long after in 1988.

The festival — held in Villa Mercedes —attracts people from neighbouring villages and towns every year. It’s a very local event and for that reason is a wonderful experience for foreigners as it offers great insight into the cultural traditions of the region — including folklore, other kinds of dances, and music.

Festival Calle Angosta, By justodaract.info
The Pampas Region

Food and traditional dishes mark the heart of any place in the world. It’s one of the best ways in which to describe or classify a region. Argentina’s pampa region is no different in this respect. Spring is an excellent time to try pampa food, mainly because as the weather improves the idea of an outdoors barbecue begins to seem a lot more feasible.

Amongst its many traditional dishes is the coal or wood fire asado (barbecue). In the western region of the pampas, it’s easy to try liver wrapped in its own fat — a rich delicacy when thrown directly on the barbecue — and there’s the puchero (a kind of large stew accompanied by roasted meat and vegetables), which always seems to make an appearance at the pampa dining table.

Failing that, there’s always room on your travels during spring to try some of the Italian-inspired pasta dishes of the region, served with a variety of rich, tasty pasta sauces that you won’t forget in a hurry. It’s also worth noting that spring in the pampas is the time of year when wheat fields are still green and when corn is at the height of its growth. Visually, the pampas during the spring is a wonderful mix of green and yellow.

Asado, By meatsandsausages.com

Patagonia

Patagonia during the winter can be very cold and very expensive — due to the rising prices of the ski season. During the summer, temperatures rise, the sun is a little more difficult to bear, and the region is a lot more popular with tourists. It’s overcrowded, hot, and yes… still expensive. However, during the spring, fewer people visit Patagonia, and even though the sun has come out of its winter hiding place, the temperatures are in no way difficult to deal with. Spring is the perfect time to visit the Patagonia.

Whilst you’re in the region, you should dedicate all your time to walking and exploring. The loss of winter snow and the lack of scorching summer sun, makes spring in the Patagonia the best time to go trekking. You’ll want to explore its various mountains (such as Cerro Fitz Roy), its table-top mountains or “mesetas” in Tierra del Fuego, the edges of the rivers (including Río de las Vueltas), and its indigenous wildlife (such as the Franca Whale).

Fitz Roy, By eweb4.com
Atlantic Coast

The principal city of the Argentine Atlantic Coast is Mar del Plata, located at just 400 kilometres outside of Buenos Aires.

Mar del Plata’s weather during the spring is generally windy and not that warm by any means. However, that’s not to say that you’ll have to walk around in your winter outfit, buttoned up to the chin. Mar del Plata’s wind is one which is easy to withhold, and when you visit between September and December, there are a lot fewer people around. There’s more room to move around the city, and more space to enjoy the beauty and open space of the city’s surfing championship beach.

If you decide to visit Mar del Plata during the spring, you’ll also be able to plan a trip along the Atlantic Coast to visit a number of the other beaches and coastal towns that Argentina has to offer, including San Clemente del Tuyú, Las Toninas, Santa Teresita, Mar del Tuyú, Costa del Este, Aguas Verdes, La Lucila del Mar, Mar de Ajó, and Nueva Atlantis.

Mar_del_Plata, By commons.wikimedia.org

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