Best Time to Travel to Peru
Best Time to Travel to Peru
Peru is a country to most of the year. It has some distinct seasons, as described here.
Most travelers visit Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu between June to August. This is considered the peak season, but this isn’t the only time you should come. The best time to travel to Peru depends on your preferences and travel style.
Most destinations that travelers are keen to see are in the Andes. The Andes experience two major seasons. The dry season is from May to September and is considered to be the optimal time to visit. By May, the rain starts to disappear, the sun shines a little brighter, and all adventurers come out to explore! Tourists often enjoy boat rides on the blue Lake Titicaca, trekking past the snowcapped mountains, or hiking the iconic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. May and June are especially good months, just after the wet season has finished, when you get beautiful views of the Andes, lush with green vegetation just after the wet season has ended. June is also the month of Inti Raymi, also known as the Inca New Year, when there is a wonderful procession at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman.
If you're planning a trip to Peru in peak season, especially July and August, you should plan ahead as flights and accommodation prices tend to rise and availability is limited. Traveling outside this period gives you smaller crowds and lower prices.
December through March is when the Andes experience a wet season. The wet season features bright green foliage, blooming bromeliads, and fewer crowds. Lower hotel prices and the picturesque scenery make traveling to Peru during the wet season well worth the trip! With the wet season, you also experience warmer, more humid temperatures, and while wet season means rains, sometimes it only rains for a short period during the day. For those who love warm weather and like to escape the cold of the Northern Hemisphere, the wet season is a great time to go.
Take note that the Inca trail does close during February due to maintenance, and the rainy season is not the best for hiking as trails become muddy.
Let's also not forget the "shoulder seasons" - these can be the best times to go. These include September to November and February to May.
When to visit Cuzco and the Peruvian Andes
Dry season is May to September. As mentioned, the wet season also has advantages.
When to visit Lima and the coast of Peru
The warmest temperatures on the coast are from October to April. From May to September a mist or light drizzle sometimes occurs.
When to visit the Peruvian Amazon
Ideal time to go is during the drier months of June to September - but this is called the rainforest for a reason - rainfall can be expected year round.