Peru can be visited all year round, but it all depends what do you want to
do or visit.
The country covers three major geographic and climatic zones. It is split
north to south by the Andes Mountains and is covered by the Amazon Jungle in
the east. The country generally experiences two seasons: a wet season from
November through March and a dry season from April through October. Most
leisure travelers come to Peru from June through September during the dry
season, which is the best time Machu Picchu because the sky is clear. The
dry season is also the best time to visit the jungle. For visits to the
coast, however, the best time is November through March when the weather is
hot and perfect for the beach. The country sees peaks in demand during the
Christmas and Easter holidays. The city of Cuzco attracts many visitors for
the week-long festivities of Inti Raymi in June.
Summer is from December to March but, it is the rainy season on the
highlands and the jungle. During February the Inca Trail is closed for
tourists. In summer the beaches south of Lima
are great. You can also go to the North of Peru and visit Mancora
all year round, as it is close to the Equator and will be sunny.
It never rains in Lima, but it gets cold due to the humidity between June
and August. Its normally overcast with fog. If you go out of Lima towards
the central mountains, you will find the sun about an hour away.
Most popular time to visit
is between June and August, but the recommend time to visit is in April, May
or September to October, just after and before the rainy season and the
tourist crowds. If you do not mind the rain and are not doing the Inca
trail, the highlands are beautiful green and flowery during the rainy
The sun is always out in the highlands, but it will be chilly in the
afternoons and quite cold during winter at night. Dress with clothing in
layers ( t shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweater, jacket) so you can "peel" them
off as it gets
and put them back on when it gets colder. Bring a small backpack to carry
your clothing and tourist apparel.
about Weather in Peru
Herein you have some good links that will help you
to check the Weather in Peru.
Weather by Regions of Peru
The Mountain Highlands (Cusco, Lake Titicaca, etc)
This period is the dry season, with hot, dry days and cold, dry nights,
often hovering just above freezing, particularly in June and July. May is
perhaps the best month with the countryside exceptionally lush, yet with
superb views and fine weather. You will find the flowers in full bloom, the
grass green and the streams full.
Perus high season is from June to August which coincides with the dry
season and summer holidays in North America and Europe. You will find Cusco a
pretty cosmopolitan city with tourists from all over the globe converging on
- Mid April
This is the wet season with most rain in January and February. It
clear and dry most mornings with outbursts of heavy rain in the afternoons.
The daily temperatures are typically mild with only a small drop at night.
The Inca Trail is much less crowded during this period and there
is a more
abundant fresh water supply, but of course be well equipped for the rain.
You will also find some roads may become impassable particularly when trying
to visit villages off the beaten track.
Many of Perus major festivals such as Carnival and Easter Week take place
during this period.
The Coast (Lima, Nasca, Arequipa)
This is summertime on the coast where the weather is hot and dry and ideal
for swimming and getting a tan. Temperatures on average range from 25 -
35C. There is little or no rain during these months. The beaches around
Lima and the North can packed during the months of January and February
which coincide with school holidays.
From May to November the temperature drops a bit and you
will find blankets of
sea mist engulfing the coast from the south right up to about 200 km north
of Lima. At this time of year only the northern beaches such as Mancora and
Punta Sal are warm enough to provide pleasant swimming.
This is the dry season with daily temperatures averaging 30
cold fronts from the South Atlantic are common when the temperatures can
drop to 15C during the day and 13C at night.
The dry season is the best time to visit the jungle regions, there are
fewer mosquitoes and the rivers are low, exposing the beaches. It is also a
good time to see nesting and to view the animals at close range, as they
stay close to the rivers and are more easily seen.
This is the wet season, hot and humid, when you can expect heavy rain at
anytime. It only rains for a few hours at a time, so it is not enough to
spoil your trip. Wellington boots are a must though, as some of the jungle
trails can become small rivers.
Article about Weather in Peru
Weather During High-Season
Oddly enough, your summer vacation is actually winter in Cusco. So you're
wondering what it feels like. Well everyone says it's cold. What kind of
I'm from Ontario, Canada. For those of you who think that means my standard
is super cold and we live in igloos.... we don't. Our winters feels similar
to the winters in New York.
I can tell you June/July in Cusco feels like October-November. It is cold
enough for a padded jacket. What I mean by that is not a winter jacket, but
a thinner winterish jacket. Not a spring or fall jacket or wind breaker,
but a little bit thicker.
You'll feel pretty cold walking around, but it's not like your cheeks or
hands get cold.
Your hotel blankets at night will be cold to the touch, so it is better to
have socks and maybe a hoodie and sweat pants to sleep in.
It is best to book a hotel that has a heater if you want to get good sleep.
Add to the altitude sickness symptom of sleeplessness of being cold at night
- its not a fun mix. Most hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley don't have
heated rooms, but they may have portable plug-in heaters they may give you
for free or rent to you for about 10 soles. So definitely check that out.
-pack a Fall season jacket
-pack sweat pants to sleep in
-pack a hoodie
-before booking in June/July, ask you hotel if they have portable heaters
PACKING FOR PERU : Jungle, Andes and the city of
The best clothing for the jungle was long pants, the best thing is very thin
cotton (or linen) drawstring pants, like pajama pants or thin surgical scrub
wearing dark clothes in the jungle--dark colors attract bugs
For the city I have some synthetic tops that wash and dry quickly and these
will work in the Andes, also. Fleece is the best outer covering because it
is so darn light. A couple pair of jeans, two pair of dress slacks, one pair
of cropped pants
Note: the DEET concentratoin tells you how long the DEET lasts. For example,
100% DEET will last about 10 hours; 10% DEET about 90 minutes, 25% DEET 2.5
hours, etc. Also, the majority of the DEET product, when sprayed onto the
skin, either evaporates or is absorbed into the body,which is why such high
concentrations are required.