Sara and John say...
Journey west to east across Peru and you’ll discover several different ‘worlds’. So don’t be fooled by conditions at Lima. Despite its almost total lack of rain, this coastal capital can often be grey and misty in winter with temperatures in the high teens Celsius through the months of June to September, whereas summers are warmer and sunnier in the high 20s C.
But from near-desert conditions along the coast, we head across the barren, ice-capped Andes and descend the mountains into a lush Amazonian paradise.
The dry season of May to October is a wonderful time to be in Peru, especially if you plan to go on a trek. Visitors can enjoy warm, sunny days and chilly, crisp evenings at altitude. This time of year lends itself to enjoying all the attractions Peru has to offer, from admiring Machu Picchu in the sunshine, to taking a boat trip on Lake Titicaca under vivid blue skies.
Visitors will notice more rain between November and April. But as the dry season comes to an end, an abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloudforests at this time. Higher water levels mean easier exploration of small Amazon tributaries, which are sometimes inaccessible in the drier months.
The wettest months are January and February. But travel at this time does offer the advantage of fewer visitors and greener scenery – the flora and fauna will still be abundant and there are always breaks in showers.
Then, as Easter approaches, and the skies begin to clear, many of the trails reopen. This is also a popular period to visit for those wishing to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.