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The best time to visit Peru

Due to its topography, the best time to visit Peru varies. The majority of the country can be visited all year round. However, winter (from April to September) is the ideal time to visit the Andes and to trek the Inca trail, as the weather is at its driest. June also hosts the Inti Raymi festival in Cuzco, a theatrical festival based on an ancient Incan ceremony. The Peruvian Amazon is hot, humid and wet throughout the year, though August tends to have fewer mosquitoes.

Meanwhile, visiting the Andes during its ‘green season’ from November to March has its advantages, with fewer visitors to compete with, and a lush environment fed by the rains. 

If you are wanting to trek the Inca Trail, please be aware it is closed the entire month of February for conservation purposes.

 

Climate charts for cities and places within Peru

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Arequipa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2373 2272 2272 2170 2272 2272 2272 2272 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 846 745 643 541 439 541 643 643 643 745
Sunshine hours 7 7 8 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 9
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 251 361 181 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 30
Rainy Days 6 23 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Cajamarca

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1763 1763 1864 1864 1864 1864 1864 1864 1864 1966 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 541 541 541 541 439 439 337 439 541 439 439 541
Sunshine hours 5 5 4 5 6 7 7 7 5 5 6 5
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1004 954 1335 934 442 191 171 171 402 954 803 773
Rainy Days 16 19 19 16 11 6 5 5 10 11 10 14
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Chachapoyas

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2170 2272 2170 2170 2170 2272 2272 2272 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1152 1152 1152 1050 948 948 846 1050 1050 1050 1050
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 7 5 8 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 773 853 1225 914 492 291 291 271 612 944 823 693
Rainy Days 15 20 19 14 12 9 7 7 11 12 12 15
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Chiclayo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3086 3188 3188 2984 2781 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2679 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2170 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1661 1864
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 7 7 7 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 20 20 60 30 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Rainy Days 3 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 0 2 1 1
Humidity E E E E E VH VH E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2272 2272 2068 1966 1864 1763 1763 1661 1661 1763 1966

Colca Canyon

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1864 1864 1864 1864 1763 1864 1966 2068 2068 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 439 439 439 236 -130 -228 -425 -425 -130 32 134 337
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 7 9 10 10 9 8 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1004 1064 894 241 60 10 20 50 110 131 191 542
Rainy Days 13 18 11 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 7 10
Humidity E E E E E VH VH E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Cuzco

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 1966 1966 1966 2068 2169 2068 2068 2068 2170 2271 2170 1254
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 151 120 100 40 10 0 0 10 20 50 70 110
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Iquitos (Amazon)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188 3086 3188 3290 3290 3290 3290 3290
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2272 2272 2272 2170 2170 2170 2272 2272 2373
Sunshine hours 5 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 27311 24810 30212 30112 26610 2078 1777 1697 1928 2269 25410 27411
Rainy Days 19 19 22 20 20 19 1 16 16 16 18 20
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Lima

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2679 2577 2272 2068 1966 1864 1966 2068 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1864 1763 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661
Sunshine hours 6 7 7 7 4 2 1 1 2 3 4 5
Daylight hours 13 12 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 10 10 0 0 10 20 30 30 20 10 10 20
Rainy Days 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
Humidity L M M L N N N N N N N L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2272 2170 1966 1864 1864 1763 1763 1763 1966 2068

Machu Picchu

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2679 2577 2679 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1355 1254 1152 948 948 1050 1152 1254 1355 1355
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 7 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 12 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1385 1416 1516 622 231 171 221 241 442 753 863 1215
Rainy Days 15 20 13 9 6 2 2 3 7 9 9 13
Humidity E E E E E VH VH E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Nazca

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2475 2475 2272 2068 2068 2068 2068 2068 2272 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1559 1457 1355 1254 1050 1050 1050 1152 1152 1254 1355
Sunshine hours 7 7 7 8 8 7 7 7 8 8 8 8
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 90 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainy Days 5 10 5 3 2 0 0 1 3 3 3 4
Humidity M M M M L L N L L M M M
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Paracas

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2781 2781 2577 2373 2170 2068 2068 2170 2272 2373 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1966 1763 1559 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1559 1763
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 7 5 3 3 3 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 0 10 0 0 10 10 10 10 10 0 10 0
Rainy Days 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 1
Humidity M M M L N N N N N N N L
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 9/VH 8/VH 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2272 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1661 1763 1864 2068

Puerto Maldonado

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3188 3391 3290 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2170 2170 2068 1966 1864 1864 1864 1966 2170 2170 2272
Sunshine hours 5 5 5 6 7 7 8 7 7 6 6 6
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 34213 31212 28511 1797 984 552 582 723 1104 1837 24410 28611
Rainy Days 16 16 5 10 6 4 3 4 6 10 12 14
Humidity E E E E VH VH VH VH E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Puno

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1559 1559 1457 1457 1457 1457 1559 1661 1661 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 236 236 134 -130 -523 -818 -818 -719 -327 -228 -130 134
Sunshine hours 6 6 6 8 9 9 9 9 8 9 8 7
Daylight hours 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 13 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1596 1586 1335 381 151 20 30 70 281 351 542 1195
Rainy Days 16 23 13 7 3 1 2 2 6 7 7 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Trujillo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2679 2679 2679 2577 2373 2272 2170 2170 2170 2170 2272 2475
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1457 1457 1457 1559 1559
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 6 6 5 4 4 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 13
Rainfall (mm)(in) 20 10 70 0 10 0 10 10 10 0 0 10
Rainy Days 6 5 5 5 4 2 3 1 3 5 4 4
Humidity E E E E E VH VH E E E E E
UV 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2170 2272 2272 2068 1864 1864 1763 1763 1661 1661 1763 1966