When is the best time to travel to Peru?
The best time to travel to Peru is between May and September, during the dry season. During the day there is a lot of sun and a bright blue sky in the Andean mountains. But that doesn’t automatically mean that the other months are not good for visiting Peru.
The distinction between the dry season and the raining season has become more blurred during the last two decades. The raining season is between November and March, with January and February as the wettest months. The farmers used to be able to count on the rain during those months. But, as everywhere across the globe, the climate has become less predictable in Peru.
High season in Peru is between June and August. Prices can be higher for flights and hotels. The “shoulder months”, the travel period between high season and low season, are April and October. Those months are fantastic to visit Peru. With the ever more unpredictable climate, also March and November could be a good time to visit Peru.
The advantage of the “raining season” is a greener scenery, with less tourists and better deals for your flight, tours and accommodation. Both the Christmas and New Year celebrations and of course the world-famous Carnival (February) are in this time slot. The nights in the Andean mountains are less cold, which can be pleasant in a country without heating. The intense rains are generally in the afternoon, with sunny mornings. As it is the meteorological summer in Peru, December till February are the best times to visit the beach.
April and May are beautiful months, and also October is a great time to visit Peru. The very popular Easter celebrations in Cusco can make it pretty busy. The busiest month in Cusco however is June, with the “Fiestas de Cusco”. So, when is the best time to travel to Peru? Every time slot has its unique advantages. Weather, prices, scenery and festivities are all to be taken into account. Peru has something to offer in all the calendar months of the year.