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When to Visit Lima

 When to Visit Lima

When your time to visit Peru comes, you’ll start in Lima, its capital city. The also called “The City of Kings” offers a fantastic blend of the ancient and the new. For example, bohemian locations, lovely squares, old Spanish mansions, and much more may be seen in the city's historic core.

Besides, you'll get a look at some of South America's oldest churches as well as the principal office buildings in Peru. Lima is lucky to have no rainy season, even with its coastal location and plenty of cloud cover. This allows visitors to enjoy it no matter what month of the year.

Weather In Lima

Lima lies in the southern hemisphere. That's why it has two distinct seasons. It has summer and winter, with periods of transition between. It has warmer, brighter weather from December to March. While in winter, from June to September is colder, and cloudy.

The average temperature in Lima varies slightly. Temperatures are normally mild, given the humidity. Yet, lately’s been hotter, especially in summer due to climate change.

 Despite this, throughout the year, the climate is comfortable, with minimal chance of rain or snowfall. In comparison to other tourist spots nearby, Lima has one of the most moderate climates. 

Summer in Lima is the peak season, as it has clear skies and minimal clouds. Lima offers stunning sunsets this time of year. You may also visit parks, beaches, and historic areas while fully enjoying a fantastic, fresh ceviche lunch.

January and February are Lima’s hotter months, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 30 degrees and humidity lingering.

During wintertime, you may expect misty fog and mild rain. This also means hotel prices are likely to be lower due to less visitor demand. This is also an ideal time to attend local festivals and events, such as Peruvian Independence Day or Day of the Creole Song.

The months from May to November are a good time to visit. The weather is milder, with a mix of colder, overcast days and warmer, bright days. These months are between the shoulder season since hotel prices are also cheaper and Lima’s weather is not as greyer and colder than winter.

We must point out that different areas of Lima may have different microclimates based on their location and topography. Some shorelines may have warmer temperatures and less impact from the sea wind. Near the Andes mountain range, shorelines may have colder temperatures and greater weather fluctuation.

So, What’s the Best Time to Go?

Considering all this, we may conclude that there is no best time to visit Lima. The optimal time will vary according to your budget and circumstances. However, there are differences between seasons. This might help us choose the ideal season for what we want.

The dry season overlaps with winter, and the weather is often clear. Winter on the coast is colder and cloudier, but not as chilly as in mountainous locations. Nonetheless, there are bright days this season.

Winter is the best season to visit coastal cities. You can try delicious Peruvian food. Prepare to wear jackets and experience the chilly, damp breeze from the sea. On the other side, there is the humid season, which corresponds to summer along the shore. During this period, the weather is nice and sunny.

TIP: If you'd like to visit Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu all in a single trip, we recommend traveling during the winter months (May, June, July, and August). In the Cusco area, dry season months offer ideal conditions for spotting archeological sites, since there are more sunny days and no rain. It's the best moment to take in the stunning views that Lima and Cusco provide you.

When you have the right information, traveling to Lima no matter what time of the year may be effortless. Viagens Machu Picchu tries to give you all you need for a memorable trip to Peru. Do not waste any more time! Discover our Peru travel packages and start arranging your holiday in the Inca Land.