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Best Time to Visit Peru in 2024 for exploring ancient ruins, hiking, and cultural experiences. Peru Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Peru

  • Optimal: May to September (dry season and best weather for outdoor activities).
  • For exploring ancient ruins: May to September offers the best conditions.
  • Other favorable months: April and October.

Geography facts

  • Location: Western South America.
  • Area: 1,285,216 km².
  • Borders: Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Landscape: Varied, including the Amazon rainforest, Andes mountains, and coastal deserts.
  • Highest point: Mount Huascarán at 6,768 meters.

Peru’s diverse geography means varying weather patterns across different regions, making it a year-round destination depending on your interests. The country’s rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and historical sites like Machu Picchu attract millions of tourists each year.

Climate

  • Coastal: Arid and mild.
  • Andes: Cool to cold, varying with altitude.
  • Amazon: Hot, humid, and rainy.
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Weather: Warm and wet, especially in the Amazon and Andes.
  • Daytime temperatures: +25°C (77°F) in coastal areas.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: Frequent in the Andes and Amazon.

February

  • Weather: Continued warmth and rainfall.
  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F) in coastal regions.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +19°C (66°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: Heavy in the Andes, making trekking difficult.
Peru (c) Shutterstock

March

  • Weather: Transition to drier conditions in some areas.
  • Daytime temperatures: +27°C (81°F) on the coast.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: Decreasing in the Andes but still significant.

April

  • Weather: Ideal for visiting coastal regions and exploring cities.
  • Daytime temperatures: +23°C (73°F) in coastal areas.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +17°C (63°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: Significantly reduced in the Andes.

May

  • Weather: Beginning of the dry season, perfect for trekking.
  • Daytime temperatures: +21°C (70°F) in the Andes.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +6°C (43°F) in Cusco.
  • Rain: Minimal, great for visiting Machu Picchu.

June

  • Weather: Dry season continues, excellent for outdoor activities.
  • Daytime temperatures: +20°C (68°F) in the Andes.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +5°C (41°F) in Cusco.
  • Rain: Very low, ideal for trekking and exploring ruins.
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Weather: Peak tourist season, dry and clear.
  • Daytime temperatures: +20°C (68°F) in the Andes.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +4°C (39°F) in Cusco.
  • Rain: Almost nonexistent, best time for hiking.

August

  • Weather: Continuation of dry, cool weather.
  • Daytime temperatures: +21°C (70°F) in the Andes.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +5°C (41°F) in Cusco.
  • Rain: Rare, perfect for visiting high-altitude sites.

September

  • Weather: End of dry season, still great for trekking.
  • Daytime temperatures: +22°C (72°F) in the Andes.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +7°C (45°F) in Cusco.
  • Rain: Slight increase but still minimal.

October

  • Weather: Transition to the wet season, still good for travel.
  • Daytime temperatures: +24°C (75°F) on the coast.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +17°C (63°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: Light showers in the Andes.
Peru (c) lp-cms-production.imgix.net

November

  • Weather: Warmer with increasing rainfall.
  • Daytime temperatures: +25°C (77°F) on the coast.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: More frequent in the Andes, trekking conditions worsen.

December

  • Weather: Warm and rainy in most regions.
  • Daytime temperatures: +26°C (79°F) on the coast.
  • Nighttime temperatures: +19°C (66°F) in Lima.
  • Rain: Heavy in the Andes and Amazon, less ideal for trekking.

Peru offers diverse experiences throughout the year, but for the best weather, plan your visit during the dry season from May to September. This period provides ideal conditions for exploring ancient ruins, trekking in the Andes, and enjoying the cultural richness of Peru.

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