The Best Times to Visit Peru
Discover the magic of Peru across the seasons with Scott Dunn.
Peru’s seasons vary across the country, so whether you want to trek your way through the lush rainforest or browse local markets for colorful textiles to take home, there’s something to enjoy year-round.
At Scott Dunn, our travel experts can help you plan a truly bespoke Peruvian vacation based on when you want to travel. From tips on avoiding peak tourist seasons to advice about local festivals and traditions, we’ll help you discover the best time to go to Peru.
Best Times of Year to Visit Peru
The best time to visit Peru depends on what kind of vacation you’re planning.
Because of its proximity to the equator, Peru’s seasons are the opposite of those in the US - while it’s summer in the US, it’s winter in Peru and vice versa. So, if you want a relaxing coastal break in the sun or an adventurous hiking trip in warmer conditions, it’s best to travel during the northern hemisphere’s fall and winter months.
When it comes to the weather in Peru, it’s also important to remember that the country experiences wet and dry seasons, with Peru’s rainy season at its peak between December and March. However, there are still many ways to avoid the wet weather and enjoy this beautiful country if you’re traveling at this time.
Below are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Peru’s vibrant culture and stunning scenery, whatever the time of year.
Spring in Peru
While it's springtime in the US, March, April and May are Peru’s fall months.
As Peru’s wet season comes to an end, April and May are ideal times to visit Machu Picchu before the big crowds set in. Why not arrive in style on the luxurious Inca Rail train or hike the famous Inca Trail to experience the best of Peru’s varied landscapes? You’ll get to take in rainforests, snow-covered mountains and beautiful lakes on your journey.
Spring is also one of the best times to visit Peru to enjoy Lake Titicaca’s intriguing islands. As the skies clear, treat yourself to an evening of stargazing on the shore and learn about the ancient beliefs that governed Inca life for an experience you’re sure to remember.
Summer in Peru
Peru experiences its winter season between June and August, with temperatures ranging between 60-70°F across the country.
Mild temperatures and dry weather in Peru at this time make winter the most popular time to visit major attractions - just be prepared to queue to enjoy these great conditions.
If you want to beat the crowds, why not explore the breathtaking Colca Canyon in Southern Peru? Take a drive out to the Cruz del Condor (Cross of the Condor) for a chance to catch a glimpse of these magnificent birds or embark on an exhilarating hike to fully take in the striking landscape.
Fall in Peru
When it’s fall in the states, Peruvian spring begins, with sunny skies and warm weather making it a great time to visit popular destinations without peak tourist numbers slowing you down.
This is also the best time of year to visit Peru’s Amazon before the rainy season sets in. Its sub-tropical climate means the rainforest experiences high temperatures all year long, averaging 95°F between September and November. From walking through the lush jungle while learning about the fascinating trees and plants to cruising along the river in search of wildlife, there are endless ways to enjoy the rainforest’s amazing biodiversity during Peru’s spring months.
Winter in Peru
While temperatures cool down in the northern hemisphere between December and February, Peru’s summer season comes into full swing.
If you’re looking to enjoy some winter sun, a visit to Lima is a must. Soak up the warm weather as you explore the impressively preserved colonial center or make the most of the Peruvian summer with a trip to one of the nearby beaches. The stunning city of Arequipa is another great destination to visit during these months. Set against a striking volcanic landscape, it’s perfect for adventurous outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking.
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Our Experts Say...
"Peru is a country made up of a huge range of different landscapes and climates, from snow-capped mountains to tropical rainforests to wild coastlines, making it possible to visit year-round. The dry season is between April and October making these the most popular months to visit. February is the wettest month on the whole, with the Inca Trail ceasing to operate at that time. The 'shoulder' months of March and November allow visitors to benefit from smaller crowds, lower rates, and likely good weather. As a predominantly Catholic country, Easter and Christmas are very popular, as is the end of June for the vibrant, local Inti Raymi festival, celebrated in the streets of Cusco."
Simon Hunt, Latin America Specialist
Climate guide for Peru
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