Best time to visit Peru | Weather in Peru
Peru can be visited all year round, and the country experiences two main seasons. The dry season between May and October sees sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes and chilly nights. It is a wonderful time to be in Peru; but being the peak season, early booking is crucial. Between November and March visitors will notice more rain, with January and February being the wettest months to visit. Travel at this time does offer the advantage of fewer visitors, greener scenery and some lower rates for flights and hotels. Although the Amazon also experiences more rain between November and March, this should not deter you from visiting - the flora and fauna will still be abundant and there are always breaks in the showers.
When is the best time to visit Peru?
Peru tours are possible throughout the year, and our team have experienced all seasons and can discuss the perfect times to visit. There are three main geographical regions to Peru, each with their own microclimates that we need to take into account when designing any Peru holiday to ensure the weather doesn't hamper your Peruvian tour. The following is a brief guide to the weather in Peru:
• When is the best time to visit the Peru Jungle? (The Amazon)
The best months to visit the Amazonian jungle for Peru wildlife experiences is from mid-April to October. It is always hot and humid and occasionally you will need to don a poncho as it rains all year round. Outside these months, we advise cruises as opposed to lodges as the trails are often flooded; the rain can be so intense that all wildlife spotting is restricted to around the lodge.
• When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu and trek the Inca Trail? (The Andes)
The best months to visit are from mid-April to October. During these months the weather is mostly dry with very cool evenings, due to the altitude. These are the perfect months to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the traditional indigenous communities that live in the Ollantaytambo and discover the beauty of these mountains. November to May is wet, but with fewer tourists and there are often offers at hotels and with the airlines during this season.
• When is the best time to visit Peru's beaches? (The Pacific Coast)The best time to visit the Pacific Coast is from November to March. The best places are Lima, Paracas and Mancora where the weather will be hot and dry. Outside these months it can rain in the afternoons, and there is often a sea haze.