Best time to visit Peru
Peru is one of the few countries where it is quite easy to say that there is a best time to visit. The rainy months of December to March make travel throughout the country quite difficult with bad roads and even landslides not being uncommon in the Andes, so the best time to come to Peru is outside of these months. After that there may be more specific reasons why one month might be better for you than another, and we've tried to cover these below.
For most people the best time to come to Peru is when it's driest, so this would be in the months from May to November.
When to visit the Peruvian Andes:
- The climate in the Andes varies according to the altitude. In general though, the rainy season is from December to March, but it varies in intensity from area to area.
- For most people the best time to come to the Andes is between June and September. There are mostly dry and sunny days but it can be cold at night.
- April, May and October and November are also good months to visit the Andes.
- The Inca festival of Inti Raymi is in June.
- Our lodge treks can be taken from March to December.
- Being at high altitude you will almost always need to pack for variable weather.
- The Inca Trail is closed in February, but we also choose not to sell the Inca Trail in January or March as we believe that trekkers damage the trail in these wet months.
When to visit Peru's Amazon:
- The Amazon rainforest is hot and humid all year round with little variation from midsummer (December) to midwinter (June), due to Manu and Tambopata being only 12° south of the Equator.
- Most rainforest lodges are open all year round.
- The clay licks which attract a myriad of macaws, parrots and parakeets are most active from about August to October.
- You can raft the Apurimac River to the source of the Amazon from May to October.
- Daytime temperatures regularly reach the mid-30s°c.
- In midwinter (June to mid-September) cold wind movements from the Patagonian plains move far enough north to affect the southern edge of the Amazon. These infrequent weather movements, known locally as friajes (cold fronts) last from one to three days and temperatures at night can drop as low as 10°c. We recommend you pack a sweater or light jacket just in case.
- Rain is likely at any time of year, however during the 'dry season' (May to October) there is a lot less than in the 'wet season' (late November to April).
- Biting insects tend to be present but generally less bothersome than mosquitoes in North America or midges in Scotland.
When to visit Peru's Coast:
- The climate is sub-tropical and dry.
- Temperatures are warmest in the summer from December to March, when they can reach up to 30°c.
- The winter lasts from June to September, when temperatures can drop to 15°c and you are more likely to experience some rain.