SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES
Something that must be taken into account when discussing the weather in San Martín de los Andes is the wind chill factor on the thermal sensation, those strong gusts of air makes the thermometer look like a liar. This is also true regarding the big differences between day and night temperatures.
During the southern hemisphere summer, between December and March, day temperatures can reach 20/28ºC and, sometimes even more than 30ºC.
At night these will drop down to below 15ºC. Obviously, the further we get into the cold season, the lower the temperatures. In plain southern hemisphere winter temperatures will be around 1º C / -10º C and at night below 0º C or less. But it is also worth to point out that the climate doses not respect much the calendar and its seasons, and thus, we can sometimes find ourselves with low temperatures and also rainfalls during the summer.
In the Cerro Chapelco, the ski resort, temperatures will always be lower than in the city due to the relative altitude. The wind is also here another factor to take into account as you ascend.
Annual average rainfall in the Lake Región is approximately 1000 mm., mainly concentrated during autumn and winter. The regular rainy season usually starts in the month of May.
Thus it is always very hard to predict the weather in Patagonia.
WHAT TO PACK
For the trip we recommend to bring rain proof jackets and trousers, thermally insulated shirts, polar windbreaker, headgear with earmuffs, thermally insulated gloves and socks, shorts, sandals, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and blocks and chap sticks (minimum factor 30) for your face and lips, insect repellent, sunshade, water proof hiking boots (if new, we recommend that you break them in before coming.), and other warm clothing. Now if you are travelling during the southern hemisphere summer months do not forget to pack shorts, T-shirts, sunglasses, bathing suits and comfortable shoes.
There are no endemic diseases in Argentina and thus you will not need any special vaccination before visiting.
Argentina is free of hoof and mouth disease, thus the there is no danger of enjoying a good steak.
Sometimes a red tide will restrict the possibility to enjoy seafood on the shell. Local media will always inform the public whenever this happens.
Argentina has an important network of hospitals, clinics and medical posts. In the big cities the hospitals are fully equipped to deal with most cases, however complicated, whilst in the most remote villages medical attention is on a basic level.
All the Argentinean cities that you will visit have potable water treatment plants. However, to avoid any unpleasantries we recommend you stick to bottled water during your trip, especially when in places off the beaten track.
TYPICAL LOCAL CUISINE
The Argentinean cuisine is very varied, just to mention a few typical dishes such as: Barbecued Asado Beef, pastry rolls, stews, corn dishes, regional fried turnover pies, tamales, etc.
We must not forget to mention the traditional beverage of the "Mate" which you will be able to try wherever you go, especially if you visit one of the numerous Estancia ranches that cater to travellers.
You must also always try the local delicacies, whether they are the Patagonian lamb or Tierra de Fuego crab, just to name a few.
In the case of the Lake Region - La Región de los Lagos, the cuisine here has managed to blend the most representative of European cooking with the best of Regional dishes. Here classic recipes receive additional touches such as the taste of fine fruits, trout and game meat such as deer or wild boar, combined with seeds, nuts and mushrooms from the forest, without neglecting classic dishes such as barbecued meat or on the spit
or home made pasta.
And lastly, you must try the exquisite "Dulce de leche", a purely Argentinean invention.
Restaurants during your trip:
In San Martin de los Andes: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
Restaurants in San Martin de los Andes
IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.