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When to visit Peru

The best time for you to go to Peru will depend on where you want to go and what you want to see, although May to October tend to be peak. As Peru is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are generally reversed, but with such an array of topography the weather patterns in Peru can still be somewhat confusing and conflicting depending on where you are. The jungle will differ totally from the Andean highlands, which will also differ from the lowland coast, which can in turn differ according to whether you are in the north or south. Therefore, determining the best time of year to go really depends on what you want to see and where you want to go.

Peru consists of three main climate areas. The jungle areas east of the Andes are perennially hot and humid but nonetheless have distinct seasons- a dry season between May and October, and a wet season between November and April. Iquitos lends itself more to year-round travel, being closer to the equator, whilst Manu and Tambopata are far more favourable to visit in the dry season, when you can witness monkeys, birds, caimans, and small mammals. In Iquitos, animals can be easily spotted along the mud banks between June and September, once river levels recede.

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The best time to visit Peru

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It is warm along the coast during January, with Lima being pleasant. Inland, it is much wetter, especially in Cusco and in the Amazon region the water levels are high.

Most visitors to Peru will incorporate the obvious charms of the Andean Highlands of Peru and the optimum time to trek amidst the beautiful Andean scenery of this region is between May and October, when the days can be clear and warm with somewhat chilly evenings, with temperatures reaching 20°C-25°C, or 68°F to 77°F in the daytime. This is Peru’s high season, and visitor numbers can be high. This is of particular note to those looking to trek the spectacular scenery of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance to secure space. Outside of these months you may experience rain, but there will be fewer tourists, more verdant vegetation and flora, including orchids at Machu Picchu.

Between November and April the coastal regions along the west of Peru are bathed in sunshine. The further north you go, the longer this summer weather lasts, with places like Mancora in the far north enjoying good weather well into Peru’s winter. Further south, including the areas around Lima, Peru’s winter months bring cloud and a much cooler climate.

May to October

This tends to be the dry season in Peru. Visitors can enjoy warm and sunny days, and depending on the altitude, crisp and chilly evenings. Most of the places that Peru has to offer thrives during these months.

November to March

This tends to be the wet season in Peru. It is the wettest in the Andes and the Amazon between January and April. The Inca Trail Is closed during February, although access to Machu Picchu remains open. During the wet season, it is popular for visitors combining their travels with the Galapagos Islands.

What to do in Peru

Amazon Rainforest

Explore the Amazon rainforest, which covers a significant portion of Peru. Take guided jungle treks, boat tours, and canopy walks to spot diverse wildlife, including monkeys, toucans, sloths, caimans, and colorful butterflies.

Wildlife Photography

Capture Peru's stunning wildlife and landscapes through wildlife photography. Ensure you have the right equipment and knowledge of wildlife behaviour to get the best shots.

Cusco and the Sacred Valley

While exploring the historical sites of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, keep an eye out for native wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and Andean condors.


Peru is a birdwatcher's paradise, with over 1,800 bird species. Consider birdwatching excursions in various regions including the Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, to spot Andean condors soaring above the canyon's walls. There is also a multitude of bird species in Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and the cloud forests of northern Peru.