"Information about Torres del Paine and Patagonia (Chile and Argentina)"
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Some people say that any time is good for visiting Torres del Paine National Park, every season has a special charm.

It is advisable to go during high season, since all of the service are working.

High Season of Torres del Paine National Park is from October to April, all service work regularly, the Hotels and Refugios are open and they have Restaurants. This season covers all most all  spring (October, November, December), summer (January, February, March) and the beginning of fall (April).

Spring makes the park looks green, new leafs appear from trees and shrubs, most of the birds come back and some animal starts to give birth.

Summer, has warmer temperatures and you can experience of the famous austral winds that can reach the 130 km/hr. Non windy days can be very warm, you can even go for a swim at one of the many rivers. The medium temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min)

Autumn in the park is like a art painting, leaves of the tress change colors, yellow, orange and red, the temperatures are lower, even minus 0.

Low season in Torres del Paine National Park, May to September, it is still possible to visit the park, but few hotels are open. In this season, tress are without leaves, the mountain are with snow and sometimes it snows inside Torres del Paine National Park, and a layer of snow remains for some weeks, some birds migrate north and the evasive pumas come down for food, making it easy to be seen. The temperature is maintained low, but there are more cloudless skies.

WEATHER

Due to the strong marine currents and the proximity with Southern Ice Fields, the weather in this area is very hard to predict. There is also a lot of variation in the park, close to the mountains it is rainier, this is where most of the Nothofagus forests are. As we go farther from the Paine Massif, the weather gets drier and exposed to strong winds, this is were the pampas appear.

PLUVIOMETRY

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
AVER 61,5 62,2 75,3 84,1 62,9 52,5 46,3 44,3 43,8 44,3 57,3 50,6
MAX 150,1 109,9 190,3 161,1 137,9 126,5 98,1 86,0 95,0 101,1 121,5 166,5
MIN 21,0 24,3 9,8 35,5 18,5 0,0 6,0 12,0 7,0 5,0 19,0 12,5

Source: Conaf (http://www.parquetorresdelpaine.cl/clima.html)

TEMPERATURE

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
AVER 10.3 10.4 8.9 6.9 4.3 2.1 1.9 3.2 5.2 6.9 8.8 9.7
MAX 14.5 13.8 12.6 11.1 10.2 7.3 7.9 6.7 7.4 9.4 11.5 13.2
MIN 3.2 2.9 2.9 0.6 0.3 -1.5 -2.3 0.5 2.4 2.8 3.0 3.2

Source: Conaf (http://www.parquetorresdelpaine.cl/clima.html)