Weather and Climate in Peru

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Whether you’re counting down the days till vacation, or planning your next trip, look no further for (literally) the best time in Peru. The weather will vary based on what activities you want to do, and which part of the vast country you visit. Given its proximity to the equator, Peru has three climate zones: the coast, highlands, and rainforest.

Pacific Coast

Lima

Lima is the capital city of Peru, located alongside the center of the coast. Here you will find one of the world’s largest desert cities, so it experiences low rainfall in comparison to other parts of the country.

Wet season

November to March marks Peru’s wet season, but have no fear, very little rain in Lima’s sphere! Unlike other cities, Peru’s coast receives hardly any precipitation. During the warm season you can experience an average high of 77℉ (25℃).

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Dry season

Lima’s dry spell begins in May, just in time to see the city flourish! Prepare to be amazed by the lush carpets of greenery layering the city. The days are a high of 64℉ (18℃), but don’t forget a jacket because the nights are sure to be cooler. You may experience a low of 59℉ (15℃). You can enjoy the winter season through September.

The Andes (highlands)

Cusco

The ancient capital of the Inca Empire has pleasant temperatures throughout the year; think spring time all year long! Perfect for your trekking tours. 

Wet season 

November to March marks the start of the wettest season in Peru. You can expect close to 7 inches (160mm) of rain; talk about raining cats and dogs! Typically January is the rainiest time of the year. Because this is the start of ‘summer’ temperatures are sure to increase, so expect warm days. Temperatures average 65℉ (18℃) during the day while the nights average 45℉ (7℃).

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Dry season

The wet season is over, and you can finally enjoy the fruits of it’s labor. This is what I call Peru weather gold. Say goodbye to the rainy weather and say hello to the dry season! Enjoy the flourishing nature between May and September. Expect a high of 70℉ (21℃). July and August welcome the chilly nights, hitting as low as 34℉ (1℃).

Machu Picchu

Considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is sure to not disappoint. The rich forest surrounding the natural wonder has warm weather during the day, year round, but expect the temperature to drop come nightfall. Rather than worry about the temperature you should be more concerned with Machu Picchu’s temperate climate. It can be sunny one moment and wet and cloudy the next. 

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Amazon

Venture to impress yourself as you navigate through the Peruvian Amazon. As one of the most biologically diverse corners in the world, you can predict the weather in the amazon is hot and humid. You should anticipate an average high of 77℉ (25°C). It is unlikely that temperatures in the rainforest dip below 0℉ (32℃). The peruvian jungle’s weather is mostly based on rainfall rather than temperature.

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Weather in the dry ‘summer’ season:

May

May is the start of the dry season. Expect clear skies and nice, warm weather. This is an ideal time to travel to Peru as there are less tourists. 

June

Get ready for sunny skies and pleasant weather.

July

You can expect longer days and more sun during this month.

August

Enjoy the nice weather and don’t forget your sunnies. August is warm during the day and cool at night. 

September

The days will be warm but the nights might get chilly, so be sure to pack a sweater.

Weather in the rainy ‘winter’ season:

November

This marks the beginning of the rainy season. Expect overcast weather. This is a nice, cool time to travel to Peru.

December

The weather during this month is enjoyable. Peru temperature might vary depending on where you go. For example, Lima might experience higher temperatures than Cusco in December.  

January

This is the rainiest month of the season, so be sure to keep a poncho and rain boots handy!

February

Peru’s climate during this time is considered prime. It is ideal for swimming along the coast.  

March

This is a lovely time to visit as the rain cloud starts to clear and trails open up again.

Weather in the shoulder season:

April

April sees a change in weather around Cusco and the highlands. It’s a shoulder season so areas like Lima will see a transition from humid to cool.

October

This is springtime in Peru! Expect warm weather, and occasional fog.

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Pack accordingly!

Wet season

Peru’s wet season is just that…wet. The rainiest months are between January and April, so plan accordingly. I would go for cotton t-shirts and pants, an umbrella, quick-dry socks, and a poncho. Sun protection is important during this time as well. This will also serve useful if you wander into the amazon.

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Dry season

Come July and August the rain lets up and skies are clear. Welcome to the dry period. This is the most popular time to travel to Peru considering the pleasant weather. Some essentials might include light cotton t-shirts and shorts, and a cap. However the temperature at night could dip, so don’t forget to pack a sweater. Don’t let the cloudy skies fool you, UVA rays penetrate through the clouds, so don’t forget SPF.

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From one of the world’s largest desert cities to the humid jungle, Peru’s weather is one of the most diverse in the world. Unlike traditional four seasons, you can think of Peru as having two, a wet and dry season. The summer (November-March) is the rainy period, where locals experience heavy rainfall. The winter (May-September) is the dry period. Traditionally, months suchs as April and October are considered shoulder seasons. This is the time of year between the high and off seasons. 

No matter where your travels in Peru lead you, remember it’s not your typical four seasons. You can look forward to warm, humid summers and thick, misty winters. That’s what I like to call Peru climate goals!


 

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