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When is a Good Time to Travel to Peru?

When is a Good Time to Travel to Peru?

Undoubtedly, Peru is one of the most diverse countries in South America and everyone’s favorite destination while traveling through the continent. For that reason, we know that you won’t like to miss the chance of visiting the highlights of this region. Therefore, we have gathered some tips and information so you can organize your trip through this Andean gem accordingly to the weather conditions.

Either you visit during the rainy or dry season, the Peruvian region will always provide a unique experience. Depending on your travel destinations, the weather may vary, which is why we’ll give a complete overlook through the different regions of Peru and their climate conditions. First, let’s divide the country in three sections: 

- The Pacific Coast
- The Andean Highlands
- The Peruvian Jungle

According to Peru’s geographic position, there are two marked seasons: The dry season, which takes place between May and October; and the rainy season, starting in January until April. Keep reading and learn all the details about the weather in Peru and make the most of your adventure!

The Pacific Coast

Also known as the endless summerland, this region comprehends some of the most in-demand destinations in Peru, such as Mancora, Piura, Chiclayo, Lima, Paracas, and more. The Peruvian Coast is divided into three sections with two predominant climate conditions:

- Northern Coast: This region presents tropical-like weather with minor chances of rain throughout the year. The temperature increases from January to April, reaching up to 30°C. Small chances of rain take place during this time of the year with a precipitation between 100ml and 500ml.

- Central and Southern Coast: This particular area presents arid weather, meaning that the chances of rain are slim to none throughout the year. Lima region is the exception since it presents a humidity of over 80% and only 1284 sunshine hours annually.

The overall weather condition in this region is good, which basically means that you can choose any time of the year to visit the destinations within this region. However, Lima could be the exception in this case since it’s nearly cloudy throughout the year, except during summertime that takes place between December and April.

If you wish more information about the most in-demand attractions in Northern Peru, we encourage you to take a look at our Fantastic Peru package, where you’ll visit the best attractions near the pacific coast and the Peruvian Andes.

The Andean Highlands

The Peruvian Andes are recognized for their natural wonders, as the Huascaran National Park, and historical attractions since the Incas settled in Cusco, leaving the archeological sites that we know today. Therefore, this region is one of the most visited destinations in Peru.

The rainy and dry seasons are well-marked in this area of the country. Although there exists a variation in the temperatures within the North and South part of the Andes, these seasons take place during these times:

- Dry Season: Starts from May and finishes around October. This is considered to be the coldest time of the year since temperatures can reach up to -4°C during the night. For most travellers, this is the best time to visit Machu Picchu but it’s also the high season in the country.

It is very unlikely to rain during this period; although there are small chances of rain during the transition to the rainy season, which happens between October and December, also known as “semi-dry season”.

- Rainy Season: Takes place between January and April. This season is heavily marked in the Andean highlands, which is why this is the low tourist season of the year. Heavy downpour of rain is expected during February and some trails to Machu Picchu tend to close during that period.

Traveling during the rainy season has its benefits since you can find more affordable prices in accommodations, tours, and treks, as well as having the opportunity to experience the most in-demand attractions with less crowds, and most importantly, a vibrant green scenery will captivate you.

If you wish to visit the Andean highlands without missing its attractions, we have the best option for you! Check our Adventure in the Peruvian Andes package and get to know the greatest destinations of this region.

The Peruvian Jungle

The Amazon in Peru has predominant Rainy Tropical Weather, where the rainy season is the one who prevails the most in this region. The Peruvian Jungle is divided into two sections, and the weather conditions may vary but the temperatures are almost the same throughout the year:

- High Jungle: This region comprehends cities like Huánuco, Jaén, Quillabamba, Tingo María and more, where most of its climate condition is rainy and semi-warm since its location is near the Andean highlands. Rain is expected throughout the year, although it’s more predominant between October and April.

- Low Jungle: This part of the Amazon has distinct weather since it’s warm and rainy. The low jungle region comprehends famous cities like Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado. Although rain is expected throughout the year, it’s more predominant during October and April, being these the warmest and wettest months of the year.

The best time to visit the jungle is between June and September. Although there are still chances of rain during this period, the precipitations aren’t as strong as they are during the rest of the year. If you wish to have an authentic experience through the jungle, check our Classic Peru with Amazon Experience package!

According to the aforementioned, Peru is a diverse country and each of its regions comprehend different weather conditions, which is why we want to provide the best information to guarantee a unique adventure through our country.

For some, travelling during the dry season could be the optimal option, for others, the rainy season can be the one that suits them better. If you wish to learn more about the best cities to visit in Peru, check our destinations section and make the most of your experience!