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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 72°F 1" 72°F 1" 72°F 1" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 72°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0"
Colca Canyon 64°F 4" 64°F 4" 64°F 4" 64°F 1" 64°F 0" 64°F 0" 63°F 0" 64°F 0" 66°F 0" 68°F 1" 68°F 1" 66°F 2"
Cuzco 73°F 1" 73°F 1" 73°F 1" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 73°F 0" 75°F 0" 75°F 0" 75°F 0" 75°F 0"
Iquitos 90°F 10" 90°F 10" 88°F 12" 88°F 11" 88°F 11" 88°F 8" 88°F 7" 88°F 7" 90°F 9" 90°F 8" 90°F 10" 90°F 10"
Lima 79°F 0" 81°F 0" 81°F 0" 77°F 0" 72°F 0" 68°F 0" 66°F 0" 66°F 0" 66°F 0" 70°F 0" 72°F 0" 77°F 0"
Machu Picchu 77°F 8" 75°F 9" 77°F 8" 79°F 4" 77°F 1" 77°F 1" 77°F 1" 79°F 1" 77°F 2" 81°F 4" 79°F 5" 77°F 7"
Puno 59°F 6" 59°F 6" 57°F 5" 59°F 2" 57°F 0" 57°F 0" 57°F 0" 59°F 0" 59°F 1" 63°F 1" 63°F 2" 61°F 4"
Sacred Valley 66°F 6" 66°F 5" 66°F 5" 66°F 2" 68°F 0" 66°F 0" 66°F 0" 68°F 1" 68°F 1" 70°F 2" 70°F 3" 66°F 5"
Trujillo 77°F 0" 79°F 0" 79°F 0" 75°F 0" 73°F 0" 70°F 0" 70°F 0" 70°F 0" 70°F 0" 70°F 0" 72°F 0" 75°F 0"

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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