Peru’s diverse micro climates make for a complicated answer to the question, “When is the best time to visit Peru?” Determining the best time to travel to Peru will depend on where you want to go. We’ll break down the best times to visit each major region in Peru and the country’s best known destinations.
The climate along the Peruvian coast is warm, with the most arid regions being in the north. From December to April, average temperature ranges from 23 to 26 degrees Celsius (73 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit), making it an ideal time for traveling to Peru’s coast.
The Andes varying elevations make for a diverse climate. However, there is one thing you can count on – the rainy season arrives in December and lasts through April. June through September are typically your best bets for consistently sunny days and comfortable temperatures for visits to places like Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
The Peruvian Amazon
No matter when you visit the Peruvian Amazon expect humid and rainy weather throughout the year. The driest periods are between June and August. There will be rain during this period, just less frequently.
The Main Tourist Destinations of Peru
We’ve covered the climates in the three regions of Peru. Now we must cover the micro climates that can occur even between districts. Because we can’t possibly cover them all, we’ll break it down by the most popular tourist destinations.
Best Time to Visit Cusco
Cusco is the most visited destination in Peru thanks to its proximity to attractions like the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and Choquequirao. For the most enjoyable experience, we recommend you visit between June and August. Although prices may be higher during this period, the weather is pretty near perfect. Another great window for travel to Cusco is between the months of October and March. Whatever you do, try to avoid visiting Cusco in February. During this month, the Inca Trail is usually under maintenance and the rainy season is at its peak.
Best Time to Visit Arequipa
Arequipa contains the world-renowned Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor Viewpoint. It’s best to visit Arequipa during the months of March to June for maximum enjoyment of these attractions.
Everyone should visit Peru in their lifetime, however it’s helpful to know when the best time to visit is based on the destinations you’d like to go. We hope this guide has helped you in your Peru travel planning. If you have any questions or would like to book a trip to Peru with Explorandes, please contact us.