Peru – Climate

Peru Climate

Peru can be visited all year round, and the country experiences two main seasons. The dry season between May and October sees sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes and chilly nights. It is a wonderful time to be in Peru; but being the peak season, early booking is crucial. Between November and March visitors will notice more rain, with January and February being the wettest months to visit. Travel at this time does offer the advantage of fewer visitors, greener scenery and some lower rates for flights and hotels. Although the Amazon also experiences 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 the showers.

Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May   Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
[sg_popup id=”10100″ event=”hover”]Arequipa[/sg_popup] 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 22 °C / 72°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F
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[sg_popup id=”10101″ event=”hover”]Colca Canyon[/sg_popup] 18 °C / 64 °F 18 °C / 64 °F 18 °C / 64 °F 18 °C / 64 °F 18 °C / 64 °F 18 °C / 64 °F 17°C / 63 °F 18 °C / 64 °F 19°C /   19°F 20°C / 68°F 20°C / 68°F 19 °C /   66 °F
102 mm / 4 in 102 mm / 4 in 102 mm / 4 in 25 mm / 1 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in
[sg_popup id=”10109″ event=”hover”]Cuzco[/sg_popup] 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 23 °C / 73°F 24 °C / 75 °F 24 °C / 75 °F 24 °C / 75 °F 24 °C / 75 °F
25 mm / 1 in 25 mm / 1 in 25 mm / 1 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 0 in 0 mm / 2 in 0 mm / 4 in 0 mm / 0 in
[sg_popup id=”10110″ event=”hover”]Iquitos[/sg_popup] 32 °C / 90 °F 32 °C / 90 °F 31°C / 88°F 31°C / 88°F 31°C / 88°F 31°C / 88°F 31°C / 88°F 31°C / 88°F 32°C / 90°F 32 °C / 90°F 32°C / 90°F 32 °C / 90 °F
254 mm / 10 in 254 mm / 10 in 305 mm / 12 in 280 mm / 11 in 280 mm / 11 in 203 mm / 8 in 178 mm / 7 in 178 mm / 7 in 229 mm / 9 in 203 mm / 8 in 254 mm / 10 in 254 mm / 10 in
[sg_popup id=”10110″ event=”hover”]Lima[/sg_popup] 26°C / 79 °F 27 °C /   81°F 27°C / 81°F 25°C / 77°F 22 °C / 72°F 20 °C / 68°F 19°C / 66°F 19°C / 66°F 19°C / 66°F 21°C / 70°F 22 °C / 72°F 25°C / 77°F
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[sg_popup id=”10112″ event=”hover”]Machu Picchu[/sg_popup] 25 °C / 77 °F
24 °C / 75°F
25 °C / 77 °F 26 °C / 79 °F 25 °C / 77 °F 25 °C / 77 °F 25 °C / 77 °F 28 °C / 82 °F
25 °C / 77 °F 27 °C / 81 °F
26 °C / 79 °F 25 °C / 77 °F
203 mm / 8 in 229 mm / 9 in 203 mm / 8 in 102 mm / 4 in 25 mm / 1 in 25 mm / 1 in 25 mm / 1 in 25 mm / 1 in 51 mm / 2 in 102 mm / 4 in 127 mm / 5 in 178 mm / 7 in
[sg_popup id=”10111″ event=”hover”]Puno[/sg_popup] 15 °C / 59°F  15 °C / 59°F  14 °C / 57°F  15 °C / 59°F   14 °C / 57°F   14 °C / 57°F   14 °C / 57°F  15 °C / 59°F  15°C / 59°F  17 °C / 63°F    17 °C / 63°F    16 °C / 61°F 
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Weather Month-By-Month

Visiting Peru in January - April

The wettest time to visit the Andes and the Amazon, with the Inca Trail closing for the month of February. Travel is still possible however, and Machu Picchu remains open - it will just be more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the Inca Trail re-opens and more visitors begin to arrive; particularly as Easter approaches..

Events & Festivals

  • Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria (February): The town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca celebrates the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria over a two week period with folkloric music, dance and spectacular costumes
  • Holy Week (March/April): Holy Week brings sombre religious processions to Peru’s towns and cities; particularly notable in Cuzco.
  • The feast of the Three Kings (6th January): This feast is celebrated across Latin America, but Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley is a wonderful place to be. During the ‘Bajada de los Reyes’ the town is overtaken with jubilant processions, music and dance.
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.
  • Santa Rosa de Lima (30th August): Lima’s patroness is honored with a public holiday and procession to Lima cathedra
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
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