What is the best time to visit Peru?

Wondering what is the best time to visit Peru? Expect a variety of climatic zones during your Peru vacation. The lands stretches over a vast distance from the north to the south. There is also a significant difference in altitude between the coastal areas and the Andes. Thus, the climate of Peru differs greatly from one region to another.

Climate of coastal Peru – Lima, Chiclayo and Trujillo:

  • Summer: December – March
  • Winter: June – September

The weather on the coast of Peru is greatly influenced by the cold Humboldt current. During summer, temperatures range between 25 – 28 ° C in the northern coast while in winter, they dip to 10 – 15 ° C. The weather is more moderate in the South. During summer, the temperature in Lima rises to 26 while in winter, it dips to 15 ° C.

What to pack: Comfortable shoes and sun protection (sunglasses, hat and suntan lotion)

Climate in Peru Highlands – Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno, Arequipa, Colca Canyon

  • Dry Season: April – November
  • Rainy Season: December – March

The climate in the Andes depends entirely on the altitude with two main seasons, dry and rainy. The best time to travel to Peru Highlands is between May to October, when the skies are clear. Temperatures range between 0 ° C to 20 ° C in the dry season and 5 ° C to 20 ° C in the rainy season.

What to pack: Comfortable hiking boots and clothing that can be used for layering. A warm jacket is ideal for the chilly evenings.

Climate in Northern Peru – Cajamarca, Leymebamba, Chachapoyas

  • Dry Season: May – September
  • Rainy Season: October – April

It is easy to differentiate between the dry and rainy seasons in Northern Peru. Since Cajamarca, Leymebamba and Chachapoyas lie in remote areas, a trip to these destinations is not recommended during the rainy season. The best time to travel to Northern Peru is from May to October, when temperatures range between 15 and 25 ° C.

What to pack: Waterproof jacket, comfortable hiking boots, sunglasses, hat and cream. A warm jacket or fleece is recommended for the evenings.

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In Northern Peru, expect sunny skies and cool weather.

Climate in Northern Peru: Mancora

  • Summer: December – March
  • Winter: June – September

In Mancora, the temperatures range between 23 ° C to 35 ° C in winter and 27 ° C 35 ° C in summer.

What to pack: Sunglasses, hat and suntan lotion, swimwear, sandals.

Climate in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle – Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos

  • Dry Season: May – November
  • Rainy Season: December – March

The Peruvian Amazon also experiences two distinct types of climates, the dry and the rainy seasons. During the dry season, temperatures can rise as high as 35 ° C, while in the rainy season, heavy showers occur at least once everyday. The region experiences high humidity levels throughout the year.

What to pack: Light cotton clothing with long sleeves and trousers to protect you from insect bites. A waterproof jacket is ideal, as are comfortable walking shoes with light soles, binoculars, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, hat and cream.

Do you wish to travel to Peru? Our destination experts are happy to advise you on the best time to visit Peru and help you plan your private Peru tour.

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