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What time of year are you planning to visit?
To help you decide please read the weather synopses for each country
Colombia is a year round destination. Bogota and the higher altitude coffee zone area both have a temperate climate with cooler evenings. The city of Medellin is renowned for its pleasant eternal spring weather. The Amazon region has a typical climate of the jungle at these latitudes, which is hot and humid all year round. The dry season in Colombia is from December to March and also in July and August, which is important to take into account if you are considering a trip to the interior.
Ecuador is also a year round destination. As the name suggests it's on the equator and therefore the climate varies with altitude as opposed to latitude. The Andean highlands are considered to be a ‘four seasons in one day’ destination and it is always sensible to dress in layers. The mornings are quite crisp, by noon it has warmed up before tailing off later in the afternoon and then the nights are cool. Inland there are also various micro-climates, though the altitude means that it is always cold at night. There are 2 distinct seasons, wet and dry, which vary depending on where you are. In the highlands the dry season is from June to September and on the coast from May to December, where it is also hotter and more humid from January to April. The Amazon region is hot and wet all year round with more rain from April to June.
Again the weather conditions in Peru vary considerably with altitude and although it can be a year round destination, the peak season for visiting the Andean areas is between May and October, the dry and sunny season. At other times it can be rainy and especially cloudy and wet between December and March. The Amazon is generally hot, wet and humid year roundbut with more rainfall between November and April. Summertime on the coast is from November to April when it is hot and sunny, although at other times there could be a chilly mist.
As you would expect from a country that covers a range of latitudes and altitudes, there are many different climatic regions to be found in Chile. In the north the country lies in the tropical zone with an arid desert that can be visited all year round.
The central valley including Santiago has a climate of hot dry summers and mild wet winters and seasons which are obviously the reverse of the northern hemisphere. The Lake District is very pleasant in Chile’s spring and autumn and hot in the summer.
Chile’s Patagonia has a very changeable climate even on a daily basis. It is mostly cool and windy all year but the temperature rarely falls below freezing. Even in the milder months of October to March, visitors must be ready for all types of conditions and due to the inclement weather from June to August the area is effectively closed.
Taking into account the size of Argentina it is not surprising that the different regions have their own climates and again the seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere. However overall it enjoys a mainly temperate climate.
The northwestern region is arid and can be very hot during the summer while around Iguazu (northeast) it is more tropical. Mendoza province is temperate all year which makes it the perfect climate for growing grapes.
Buenos Aires is hot and steamy during summer time of November to March (particularly so in January) and then mild in winter.
The Lake District is very pleasant in spring and autumn and heats up in the summer. Patagonia’s weather is unpredictable and can change daily so be prepared to experience four seasons in one day. However, the very south of Patagonia has a harsh winter climate often with severe weather conditions so it is not recommended to visit in June, July or August.
Given Argentina’s size there is always the opportunity for tourism somewhere and again it’s worth keeping in mind that temperature varies with altitude as well as latitude.
Uruguay has a temperate climate with mild weather all year round and no particular rainy or dry season. The winter temperatures range from 10-16 celsius, while in summer they rise to the mid/late twenties. Therefore from November through to March it's the high season for tourists.
It's possible for there to be wet and windy conditions outside high summer which sometimes makes it feel chilly. Rainfall is moderate all year except for July and August when there are occasional longer wet periods.
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