WEATHER

Peruvian winter (June-August)

The driest season is the best time to travel especially if you are planning to visit the Cusco area or hike to Machu Picchu.

Peruvian summer (December-February)

This is the wettest season. Temperatures are high and the nights are very cool.

Peruvian spring (March to May and September-October)

These are the most unpredictable seasons with varying weather patterns.

Coast (la costa) – Lima, Nasca, Trujillo, Arequipa

December – April

The weather is hot and dry with temperatures reaching 25-35°C. Beaches are especially busy during January and February when they coincide with local holidays.

May-October

The temperatures are much colder and humidity is high. The majority of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded by a gray mist called gerua. Only the northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.

Mountain highlands (La Sierra) – Cusco, Lake Titicaca)

May-October

The rain is scarce during this time. Daytime temperatures are 20-25°C and nights are near freezing, especially in June and July. May is the best month to visit this place with lush vegetation, temperate weather and stunning views.

December-March

Rainfall is abundant during this time. Temperatures range from 18-20°C during the day and dropping to 15°C at night. Tourism is slower during these months, and some areas may be unobtainable due to excessive rain.

January – February

These two months are the wettest of the year. Mornings are generally dry, but clouds move in and produce heavy downpours in the afternoon.

Jungle (La Selva) – Iquitos, Manu, Puerto Maldonado

The jungle is consistently humid and tropical with significant rainfall year round. However, there are still two very distinct seasons.

May-October

Temperatures reach 30-38°C during the day. However, cold fronts are common where temperatures can drop to 15°C during the day and 13°C at night. This is the best time of year to visit and enjoy with fewer mosquitos, more exposed beaches and better animal watching opportunities.

November-April

Frequent rain showers occur in short bursts, lasting only a few hours at time. The rivers swell and the humidity is exceptionally high.