Planning a Peru tour package? You’re probably wondering when is the best time for you to visit. The good news is that you can visit Peru any-time.The country is incredibly varied with multiple climatic zones, all of which have different seasons.
The only thing to consider when choosing your Peru tour package dates is what you want to do. We explain the best time of year to visit Peru for your chosen activities.
The most popular time to take a Peru tour package
You’ll either be ok with more crowds and slightly higher prices, or you’ll want to avoid them. Peru’s “high season” coincides with the driest months in the mountains: May through to October. The greatest number of visitors come between July and August. Airlines and hotels also consider the period from mid-December through mid-January as peak season, so expect to dig a little deeper in your wallet.
Visiting the mountains on your Peru tour
An obvious one – many visitors come to Peru to walk the Inca trail and visit Machu Picchu or do the Santa Cruz circuit in Huaraz in the mountain regions of Peru amongst other great treks popular with those on a more active Peru vacation.
Hopeful mountaineers should visit between June to September in the highlands. During these months, days are clear with chilly or downright cold nights, especially at high elevations. Anyone visiting from December to March runs the potential risk of a wash-out under heavy rains.
Enjoying the coast on your Peru vacation
Summer along the desert coast is between November and March, when it is typically hot and sunny (especially in the north). Things turn cooler with a frequent hazy mist between April and October. For any water-babies, swimming is possible all year round, though the water itself (thanks to the Humboldt Current) is cool-to-cold at the best of times, except for the most northern beaches like Mancora and Tumbes. After all it is nice to relax on your Peru vacation.
Include the Amazon as part of your Peru tour package
Amazon adventures can be conducted at any time of year, depending on your preferences. Between December and January heavy rains increase water levels, which offers distinct advantages for spotting wildlife and access by canoe to remote creeks. On the other hand, June to September is the best time of the year for some: Mosquitoes are fewer, and many fauna stay close to the rivers. Your choice…
Coincide your Peru tour with local festivals
Peruvians love an excuse for a party, and this is reflected in the long list of national holidays when you can expect festivities and government services to grind to a halt. Consider how the following national public holidays in Peru overlap with your travel plans:
New Year’s Day (Jan 1), Three Kings Day (Jan 6), Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (Easter week, Mar or Apr), Labor Day (May 1), Fiestas Patrias (July 28-29), Battle of Angamos (Oct 8), All Saints’ Day (Nov 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8), and Christmas (Dec 24-25).
There are always a selection of local festivals wherever you go, seemingly every other week!