El Calafate, Argentina: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to El Calafate, Argentina? If you're planning to go to El Calafate, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to El Calafate, Argentina

Based on the climate and weather in El Calafate, the best time to go is December. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for El Calafate, Argentina by month

January

If you are traveling to El Calafate in January, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks

February

Traveling to El Calafate in February, you will notice that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece

March

If you visit El Calafate during March, you are likely to find that it can be chilly and dry with little rain.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

April

April for El Calafate can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks

May

If you go to El Calafate in May, you will notice that it is cold. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans

June

June in El Calafate can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters

July

July in El Calafate is cold. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters

August

August in El Calafate is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket

September

September is cold. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks

October

If you go to El Calafate in October, you will notice that it is crisp. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear

November

If you go to El Calafate in November, you will notice that it is cool and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Long skirts

December

December in El Calafate is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for El Calafate, Argentina

Here are some general tips on what to wear in El Calafate, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types I
  • A SIM card that works in El Calafate
  • Appropriate museum wear

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