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Best time to visit Peru

The ins and outs of when to travel to Peru.

Peruvian weather isn’t uniform. It differs depending on whether you’re in the jungle, up in the mountains or by the coast.

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

Best time to visit Peru

May to September.

Why?

It’s winter in Peru between May and September, but this time of year is also the country’s dry season, so it’s better for sightseeing and hiking.

Of course, if you’re heading to Peru simply for its beaches, then summer – November to March – is the best time to visit the coast, and for swimming in the sea.

May to September also tends to be quieter in terms of tourism. Outside of this, the main sights get much busier.


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 days or weeks depending on the year. Dry season, aka winter, falls between May and September.

Temperatures at this time of year aren’t exactly cold. Average highs tend to hover around 20°C, although it is far 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 no rain, it’s hot in the rainforest all year round. The average low doesn’t tend to sink below 22°C.


Weather and prices

Best time to visit Peru, weather wise: May to September.

Cheapest time to visit Peru: October to February.


Best time to visit Peru for...

Sightseeing: May to September is the best time to go 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.


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