If you love to travel then there is no bad time to visit Peru, every month has its benefits and there are plenty of festivals to make your visit a special one. The South American country is filled with special places to visit and your journey will be a memorable one. In this article, we will go through the Best time to travel to Peru month by month.
Let us start with the month of January. The weather in January differs from region to region. For example in Lima, the weather is warm and dry with the nights balmy, making the stay pleasant. In the highlands, however, this is the rainy season and it does rain most days. You will need to bring your wet weather gear. The jungle sees humid weather and it can be really hot.
Festivals of note in January include the Adoration of the Magi in Lima on January 6 with processions in the city center. This is also held in other regions of Peru in January. Lima also celebrates its founding on January 18.
February is considered the best month for swimming and summer in Peru, with ocean temperatures rising compared to the other months of the year. In Cusco, it is the rainy season and the Inca Trail closes for the month for maintenance. You may still visit Machu Picchu by train and the site is less crowded in the month of February.
The month is known for its festivals, notably Carnival which sees much partying in the streets, complete with throwing of water balloons. In the southern town of Puno in the beginning of February, the Virgin del la Candelaria Festival is held every year. Thousands of local dancers and musicians take to streets dressed in colorful costumes participating in different regional dances. This festival is not to be missed and you will need to book as many thousands go to Puno to see the parades.
The weather in March is the same as February. Generally, Semana Santa or Easter is celebrated at the end of the Month. All over Peru, there are street parades and normally statues of Christ pass through the streets and the adoring crowds throw flower petals to show their love for Christ. In the town of Ica, the Fiesta de la Vendimia or the Wine festival is held in the second week of March, if you enjoy your wine plan your trip around March.
In April, the weather starts to change in Cusco and the highlands, the rain stops and the cold starts. Considered one of the best months to visit the region as the valleys are green and the crowds are lower. The jungle however see higher rainfall in the month of April, but the rivers are higher and there are more areas of the jungle are accessible by boat.
In the mountain city of Ayacucho, the anniversary celebrations take place in the last week of April. The festival features cultural activities and as in the rest of Peru, there will be a lot of food.
May sees the weather start to turn colder in Lima, the highlands are dryer and in the jungle, the rains are stopping. May is a good month to travel to Peru especially the highlands, as the landscape is green and lush.
On May 1 in the southern city of Arequipa is the Festival of the Virgin of Chapi. Thousands of people walk around 28 miles to pay respect the Virgin. Musicians walk alongside the worshipers and this usually takes around 15 hours to complete.
June the weather in Cusco is dry with days warm and the nights are cool. Lima is colder and the sun has disappeared. The jungle region is dry. June sees some notable festivals in the highlands such as Corpus Christi. Fifteen statues of Christi from all over Cusco are paraded through the streets, making a spectacular sight. Do not forget the Peru Inti Raymi festival, which is held on 24 June every year.
Next, we have July; Machu Picchu experiences a dry and warm climate with beautiful blue skies. The month of July is the most popular in Peru with the most people visiting. Sites like Machu Picchu can get very crowded and this is considered the best time to go to Machu Picchu.
In the town of Paurcartambo around 4 hours from Cusco, the festival of the Virgen Del Carmen is celebrated. The town is filled to overflowing with people who come to see the traditional dancing and there is a lot of partying to celebrate.
The weather in Lima is cold in August and sunny in Cusco. In the jungle, the weather is dry and very warm the rivers are low. In Lima, the capital on 30 August there is the religious festival of the Santa Rosa de Lima, Santa Rosa was Peru´s first saint and the locals celebrate on this day.
September continues to be cold with drizzle in Lima and in the highlands; the weather is cold at night but can get warm during the day. The Festival of Spring is held in Trujillo in the north of Peru every year. The festival features folkloric dancers and artists and they turn the streets into a feast of color.
For the month of October the rains are starting to return to Cusco and the highlands, Lima is in spring and the jungle the cloud cover is increasing. If you are lucky enough to be in Lima in October than you must go to Mistura Food Festival known to be the biggest in South America. Lima is known for its food so here you will try some delicious plates.
In Cusco in November, the rainfall is increasing and it will rain most days. Lima is getting warmer and the jungle is getting set for the rainy season. There are many festivals and special days in the month of November. Day of the living and day of the dead, Puno Festival Week and many more to name.
As you would imagine December is religious in Peru with many special days. None more special than Christmas. For most Peruvian´s this is a time for family and to enjoy special meals together. In Cusco in the main square is turned into a market selling nativity scenes and everything else you would need for Christmas. In the highlands, this is the rainy season and Lima is enjoying warm and sunny weather.
Therefore, what is the best time to travel to Peru: Month by Month will depend on when you plan to visit this wonderful Andean country. Book a trip today.