Peru Travel Guide

With the stunning Andes peaks for the hikers, coastal bliss for the surfers and beach bums, exotic jungle for the Amazonian explorers and colonial cities for those in search of the best pisco sour, Peru serves up a limitless feast of adventure. While Machu Picchu may have initially piqued your interest, there are many more highlights that will surprise and enthral you.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    July to August; mid-December to mid-January

    Throughout July and August, Westerners on summer vacation trek to Machu Picchu while exploring the rest of the country during the dry Peruvian winter. Flights, hotels and tours book up fast. Mid-December through January is the best time to visit the coast around Lima thanks to the warm weather. 

  2. Low Season

    October to mid-December; February

    The beginning of the rainy season means fewer crowds and likely lower flight and hotel prices. In the mountains, roads can become impassable due to large amounts of rain. Temperatures are mild along the coast, but a thick fog called La Garúa can impact views. The weather in the jungle stays fairly consistent throughout the year, but with more mosquitos and higher water levels in rivers as a result of significant rainfall during this time. In February, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance which greatly impacts the number of tourists.

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