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Peru is a fascinating country with a multitude of things to do and see. If you are planning a trip to this South American paradise, and you are wondering when it’s the best time to visit Peru, you should know that you can certainly visit Peru during any time of the year, there really isn’t a bad time to go.

Each region of Peru has its own weather and its own “best” season, so the best time to visit Peru depends on where you want to go. To find out more about Peru’s climate and when you should plan your trip, continue reading this article.

Summer in Peru – From December to march

January to April is considered a wet season in Peru with temperatures dropping and rainfall increasing consistently throughout Peru’s interior and jungle regions. It is when tourism slows down for the year.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the coast and its beaches and Lima
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If you visit this stunning country from November until March, you will have the chance to experience summer in coastal Peru. Lima is hot and welcoming, and the sun and high temperature on the coast make this time perfect for swimming and water sports. 

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If the Inca Trail is on your bucket list, try to avoid this period because the trail is usually closed from the end of January until the end of February.

In the Amazon, it is the “high water” season, so rivers can rise up in parts of the Amazon Basin, making all of the rivers and creeks accessible and navigable, though flooding some of the jungle trails.

Fall in Peru – from March to May

March and April are perfect for visiting Arequipa, but, unfortunately, the highlands are still wet. 

A spectacular sunset in Iquitos
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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 the peak months of July and August. It is a great time of year to visit both the Andes and the Amazon.

Winter in Peru – from June to August

This is the best time to explore the highlands and enjoy unforgettable trekking experiences, as well as to visit Peru’s Amazon basin and indulge in admiring the wildlife.

From May to September Lima is covered in a dense fog and has lower temperatures, during this time the highlands are drier and clearer. As you travel along the coast from beautiful Lima, you will easily see the sun gradually breaking through the mist. 

Though the mesmerizing Amazon areas are hot and humid all the time, during these months there is less rain. During this “low water season” the rivers are lower and some are not navigable; instead, hiking trails allow explorers to gain access to deeper parts of the jungle on foot.

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July and August, during the dry season, is the best time for trekking in Machu Picchu
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If you want to admire the imposing beauty of Machu Pichu, July and August are your best times. However, due to the multitude of travelers, you should make a booking and secure your permit a few months in advance.

April through October, as a dry season in Peru, is deemed to be the most appropriate for the hiking the famous Rainbow mountain with the period between June and August being most crowded

Spring in Peru – September to November

This is shoulder season and visitors can expect pleasant, enjoyable temperatures. It’s also orchid season from about mid-October, which is an added bonus! This time of year also sees far fewer people than in high season so a great time to visit Machu Picchu.

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To conclude, we can say that there is definitely something amazing to see and to do in Peru all year round, and the best time to visit Peru depends on what you want to experience. When planning your trip, however, keep in mind that the country is wet from November to March, though the coast, especially the southern areas, is always drier.

Probably the best way to plan a perfect trip in Peru is to make a list of you must-see things and then decide on the dates of your escape. You can contact us with your trip plans and we can help you design the perfect trip to Peru Highlights. Start by checking our suggested itinerary Authentic Luxury South America

Maria Barciela
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