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The Peruvian Amazon

When is the best time to visit Peru?

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season between May and October, especially if you plan to go on a trek. It is a wonderful time, with sunny days and bright blue skies, but early booking is crucial because it’s the peak season.

Visitors will notice more rain between November and April, with the wettest months being January and February. Travel at this time does offer the advantage of fewer visitors, greener scenery, and some lower rates for flights and hotels.

The climate in Peru does vary slightly from region to region. It’s cooler in the coastal areas, where temperatures range from 68°F-80°F, and Machu Picchu, which has a year-round average of 66°F-68°F. The Amazon experiences warmer weather (84°F to 91°F) and sees more rain between November and March. This should not deter you from visiting – the flora and fauna will still be abundant and there are always breaks in showers.

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May is a wonderful month to visit Peru – it is lush and green as the rainy season comes to an end, but visitor sites are not as busy as during the festival month of June, or the peak months of July and August. It is my favorite time of year to visit both the Andes and the Amazon.

Lizzie, Latin America and Polar Specialist

Peru Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Arequipa 22°C 25mm 22°C 31mm 22°C 19mm 22°C 1mm 22°C 0mm 22°C 0mm 22°C 0mm 22°C 1mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 2mm 23°C 4mm
Colca Canyon 18°C 100mm 18°C 106mm 18°C 89mm 18°C 24mm 18°C 6mm 18°C 1mm 17°C 2mm 18°C 5mm 19°C 11mm 20°C 13mm 20°C 19mm 19°C 54mm
Cuzco 23°C 20mm 23°C 25mm 23°C 15mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 23°C 1mm 24°C 0mm 24°C 0mm 24°C 2mm 24°C 2mm
Iquitos 32°C 247mm 32°C 245mm 31°C 294mm 31°C 284mm 31°C 276mm 31°C 199mm 31°C 180mm 31°C 178mm 32°C 216mm 32°C 211mm 32°C 257mm 32°C 263mm
Lima 26°C 2mm 27°C 0mm 27°C 0mm 25°C 0mm 22°C 1mm 20°C 2mm 19°C 2mm 19°C 3mm 19°C 3mm 21°C 1mm 22°C 0mm 25°C 0mm
Machu Picchu 25°C 206mm 24°C 217mm 25°C 196mm 26°C 106mm 25°C 33mm 25°C 18mm 25°C 24mm 26°C 34mm 25°C 53mm 27°C 91mm 26°C 115mm 25°C 173mm
Puno 15°C 153mm 15°C 148mm 14°C 125mm 15°C 43mm 14°C 11mm 14°C 3mm 14°C 3mm 15°C 8mm 15°C 29mm 17°C 34mm 17°C 52mm 16°C 105mm
Sacred Valley 19°C 151mm 19°C 130mm 19°C 115mm 19°C 53mm 20°C 10mm 19°C 5mm 19°C 9mm 20°C 15mm 20°C 30mm 21°C 53mm 21°C 86mm 19°C 119mm
Trujillo 25°C 1mm 26°C 1mm 26°C 1mm 24°C 0mm 23°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 21°C 0mm 22°C 0mm 24°C 0mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Peru

Sacred Valley of Incas, Peru

Visiting Peru in October - December

The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloudforests at this time. Although water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, this does offer the advantage of easier exploration of smaller tributaries which are sometimes inaccessible in the drier months.

Events & Festivals

  • Santurantikuy Market (24th December): Visiting Cuzco’s Santurantikuy Market on Christmas Eve is a wonderful experience, with vendors from the high Andes arriving to sell grasses and plants for the nativity manger and children queuing for hot chocolate. Read more »

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