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.
From May – September Lima is shrouded in a dense fog called La Garua; a thick layer of low-hanging clouds paired with low temperatures and gloomy drizzle. The further away from Lima you travel along the coast, the sun gradually begins to break through the mist. November – March are the summer months in Peru. At this time of year Lima is hot and humid while further along the coast it’s warm and sunny and the temperature of the ocean is great for swimming.
The Andes highlands have two seasons: wet and dry. During April – November it rarely rains and the days of endless sunshine offer an even better view of the rugged mountain peaks against a clear blue sky. Mid-December to March sees some very heavy showers and temperatures can drop quickly when the sun disappears behind the clouds. It’s best not to plan a trek in the Andes at this time of year. Note that temperatures can vary considerably depending on altitude.
The rainforest of Peru has a sub-tropical climate and from October – Aprilit rains most of the time. Nights can get cool. During the dry season temperatures can soar to 32C or higher. Not surprisingly, humidity in the rainforest is high throughout the year.
Travel tip: plan a visit to the Peruvian jungle at the end of your trip. After you’ve visited Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, it’s just a 30-minute flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. From there you can get a direct flight back Lima.
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