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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 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

Machu Picchu, Peru

Visiting Peru in May - September

As the rains in the Andes cease, visitors can enjoy warm, sunny days and chilly, crisp evenings at altitude. This time of year lends itself to enjoying all the attractions Peru has to offer, from admiring Machu Picchu in the sunshine, to enjoying a boat trip on Lake Titicaca under vivid blue skies and trekking against backdrops of snow-capped mountains. Those wishing to travel from June onward should start their planning six to nine months in advance, and up to 12 months in advance if you wish to trek the Inca Trail but have a limited travel window.

Events & Festivals

  • Inti Raymi (June): A month of festivities in Peru, many building up to the Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) towards the end of the month. Our favorite alternative festival is Corpus Christi, which falls on the ninth Thursday after Easter. Read more »
  • Santa Rosa de Lima (30th August): Lima’s patroness is honored with a public holiday and procession to Lima cathedral. Read more »

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