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Best time to visit Peru

When to travel to Peru for adventure, hiking or cultural exploration.

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Peruvian weather isn't uniform. It varies depending on where you are. In the jungle it may be warmer while in the mountains or by the coast you can find cooler weather.

As a result, calculating the best time to visit the country isn’t always easy. But here are a few pointers.

Best time to visit Peru

For sightseeing and hiking, May to September is the country's dry season. It also tends to be quieter in terms of tourism as it's the country's winter.

If you're headed to Peru for its beaches, then summer – November to March – is the best time for sunbaking and swimming in the sea.

Overview

Summer and rainy season pretty much go hand in hand in the Peruvian highlands and the Amazon. Both last from December to early March, give or take a few weeks.

Dry season, AKA winter, falls between May and September. Temperatures at this time of year aren’t exactly cold though, sporting average highs of around 20°C. This is lower in parts of the mountains where the mercury can fall to 4°C.

In Cusco, lows hover around 8°C and there are plenty of llama wool hats and gloves on sale if you feel too chilly.

Rain or shine, it's hot in the rainforest all year round. The average low doesn’t tend to sink below 22°C.


Best time to visit Peru for...

  • Sightseeing: May to September is the best time for sightseeing in Peru. It's not as rainy at this time of year and a little cooler, which makes exploring more comfortable, especially if you take layers with you.
  • Machu Picchu: The Inca Trail closes in February for repairs and restoration. This is rainy season, anyway. The best time to visit the ruins is in late May or early September, when the rain is easing off and the temperatures aren't too hot to hike or explore.
  • Nazca lines: As you'll be viewing these from above, it's best to visit in the dry season between May and November for optimal visibility.
  • Lake Titicaca: The floating islands on Lake Titicaca are best explored during the dry months of November and February.

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