Weather in Peru
Travelers visiting Peru can experience any type of weather they wish, because of Peru’s extremely varied landscapes. Peru rests in the west of South America and shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. Located just west of Peru is the South Pacific Ocean, and just to the east is Brazil’s section of the Amazon Rainforest.
Peru’s geographical location causes the country to experience several different climates. The coastal section is full of narrow deserts and fertile valleys neighboring the Pacific Ocean. The northern coast is sunny all year round with arid desert. While the southern section is more temperate with little to no rain but plenty of cloudy days. The Amazon rainforest, which covers 59% of the national territory, experiences hot and tropical weather, with plenty of rainfall during the wet season. The highlands are Peru’s mountainous region is highly dominated by the Andes. The northern Andes are lower and tend to be more humid than the rest, while the southern Andes are wider and higher in altitude. The perfect time to hike around the Andes is during the summer season, from April to October, when the days are warm and there is very little rain.
Due to the varied landscape, the weather in Peru ultimately depends on where you’re traveling. If you’re looking to escape to the Peruvian coast, the summer months from December to March are the most pleasant. Expect warm and sunny weather. During the winter months, which consist of the rest of the year, the coast is covered with a persistent fog, called garua. For travelers seeking to explore the Andes Mountains in the highlands, you can expect sunshine year-round. It is only from June to August when the temperature starts to drop. The eastern rainforests are humid and warm year-round, with more precipitation from December to February.