Best time to visit Peru
Peru has one of the most varied climates on the planet, thanks to its wild, diverse geography
The climate varies by altitude, so even places which are beside each other on a map may be vastly different in temperature or rainfall - so these climate charts are very rough guides only. The seasons are loosely divided into wet and dry - with May-September being drier and clearer in the highlands, and much better for trekking. It's also the best time to visit Peru's Amazon basin, as wildlife congregates around the shrinking rivers, and mosquitos are fewer. The arid coast is also pleasantly cooler at this time. Just be prepared for how cold it can get at night in the mountains, and pack appropriately.
Cuzco & the Highlands Weather Chart
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When to visit Peru & when not to
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Elena Larkin is a Latin America specialist at our supplier, Natural World Safaris. Originally from Lima, she tells us which is her best time to visit Peru's highlands, and why:
"For me personally, the best time to go and see the mountains is mid to late April, because it's after the rainy season and everything is green. But it's the end of summer, so it's still a bit warmer. My least favourite time is in July and August when it's filled with local families as well as tourists - it's just too crowded, and very cold. Also, if you arrive in Lima during April, it's just finishing summer - so it doesn't have the grey skies you can expect to find there for the rest of the year."
Festivals & events in Peru
February: Pisco Sour Day
The first Saturday of February is set aside to honour Peru's national drink: the Pisco Sour. It's also a great opportunity to discover Peru's fantastic food, as well as its traditional music and dance.
February: Virgen de la Candelaria
This 18-day folk festival takes place in Puno, beginning on 2nd February each year. The virgin is paraded through the streets, followed by hundreds of colourfully clad musicians and dancers, in a wonderful blend of Catholic and indigenous traditions and beliefs.
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Carnival in Peru
Rio's not the only place to celebrate Carnival in South America. Throughout February you are likely to get drenched - as Peruvians indulge in traditional water fights. To mark the end of carnival, a symbolic tree - called a yunsa - is adorned with gifts. Couples compete to fell it with an axe, releasing the gifts. Cajamarca and Puno have some of the biggest carnivals.
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