Traveling to Peru

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Best Time to Travel to Peru

Best Time to Travel to Peru

Visit Peru during any time of the year! Most travelers visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu during peak season which is from June to August. But that isn’t the only time you should come. The best time to travel to Peru depends on your preferences and travel style.

Peru experiences two major seasons that determine the weather. The dry season is from May to September and is considered to be the most 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.

Not all travelers enjoy Peru during the dry season, due to the high number of tourists and limited hotel availability. Traveling during this time can be more expensive. If you’re looking to visit Peru during the peak season, make sure to book early!

December through March is when Peru experiences its 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!

Take note that the Inca trail does close during February due to maintenance, and the rainy season is not the best for hiking.

  • Cusco: Visit during April, May, September, or October. This is right before the rainy season, and you can avoid the tourist crowds.
  • Lima: It almost never rains in Lima making this a perfect travel destination year round.
  • The Amazon: Visit during the dry season, from July to December, for early morning fishing or hiking.
  • The Coast: Visit during November through March. The sun will be shining, and the ocean will be at perfect temperature for an afternoon swim.
  • The Highlands: The sun is always out in the highlands! Just remember that when the sun isn’t out, it gets quite cold. Pack a sweater to keep you warm!

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