Peru is located on the other side of the equator. This means that its seasons are reversed from those of the northern hemisphere. For this reason, a large number of intrepid travelers from all over the world, including the Machu Travel Peru team, decide to escape the winter and low temperatures and go to Peru. It may seem like a cliché, but Peru has it all for the best winter holidays, and we’re not exaggerating. From sparkling beaches where you can enjoy the warm rays of the sun to a desert with a beautiful oasis. Not to mention the fascinating Amazon rainforest and its biodiversity. Peru even has impressive snow-capped Andean mountains. For this reason, we have prepared an article analyzing those destinations that are best suited to enjoy some winter vacations in Peru.
Keep in mind that Peru has a great variety of diverse climates. In certain regions, it may be raining while in others it may be sunny. One area where rain can be found, for example, is in the Andean region of Peru. But don’t be put off by this, as the rains don’t happen all the time. The advantage is that each place is full of life and in full bloom. Also, with solid preparation, everything will be fine. Peru is full of many destinations waiting to be explored. There is no doubt that a spectacular destination like Peru only offers unforgettable experiences. Get to know the best places to enjoy some magical winter vacations in Peru.
Best destinations to enjoy some winter vacations in Peru
- Visit the picturesque neighborhoods of Lima
- The magical Machu Picchu and Cusco
- The mesmerizing Amazon
- Magical Lake Titicaca
- Mancora and the northern beaches
- Trujillo, the city of eternal spring
- Wonder at the White City of Arequipa
VISIT THE PICTURESQUE NEIGHBORHOODS OF LIMA
Your winter vacations in Peru can start in the beautiful capital Lima. The historic capital is full of cool and cosmopolitan districts such as Miraflores and Barranco. These picturesque neighborhoods offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Its boardwalk is the perfect place when the sun finally sets under the waves on the horizon. Completely poetic. This is not to mention that they are the most touristic districts, therefore you will find numerous accommodation options. You can also find incredible high-end restaurants and endless outdoor activities.
Also, some beaches in Lima have good waves, so if you are an avid surfer, this is the ideal place to spend the best winter vacations. And if adventure calls you, you can try paragliding for more atmospheric and breathtaking views of the city and the ocean. Also, don’t forget to indulge your palate with one of the most exquisite Peruvian culinary delights, our famous Ceviche. It is the perfect dish to enjoy in the sun. And it would be even more delicious if you take it with a pisco sour.
THE MAGICAL MACHU PICCHU AND CUSCO
It’s not a novelty that Machu Picchu is a must-see destination for many visitors who set foot in Peru. Located at the top of the Peruvian Andes Mountains and with a view of the Urubamba River Valley, Machu Picchu is home to the ancient ruins of an Inca citadel. It is full of historical and cultural wealth as well as amazing architecture. The fascinating remains of the Inca Sanctuary include temples, terraces, tombs, and water channels. Without a doubt, Machu Picchu is a great place for a solo trip or a family vacation.
In fact, our team has a few ideas on how to plan a family vacation. We know that traveling with children can be difficult, but it is worth it. Everyone in the family will be enthralled after this special trip. Even the smallest in the family will consider the trip to Machu Picchu as their best winter vacations.
On the other hand, the city of Cusco also seduces millions of travelers for its festivals and attractiveness. The Inti Raymi, also known as the Festival of the Sun, is one of the largest and most famous. This annual festival recreates the traditional ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the god Inti (Sun in Quechua). It takes place during the winter solstice (June 24) and attracts a large crowd of visitors each year. The vibrant and colorful city of Cusco is filled with traditional costumes, processions, music, food, and drinks. Before embarking on any of the different Machu Picchu tours, make sure you get to know Cusco.
THE MESMERIZING AMAZON
One of our main travel tips is never to be afraid of adventure. Life is too short not to do exciting activities. And coming to Peru without seeing the Amazon rainforest would be a crime! The Peruvian Amazon has incredible opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and exclusivity. Not to mention that it is one of the most famous landmarks in Peru to know.
Some amazing reserves will allow you to witness the magnificent beauty of the Amazon. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve or Manu National Park is home to a large number of surreal and wonderful species of flora and fauna. You can observe different species of monkeys, brightly colored birds, and hundreds of colorful macaws while sailing on a cruise. Seeing the surreal beauty of the forest reflected on the surface of the water will be more than magical, don’t you think? In other words, the Peruvian Amazon rainforest is nothing less than a nature lover’s dream paradise.
In addition, the days in the Amazon are sunny, hot, and with some precipitation. Therefore, one of our travel tips for beginners is to protect yourself from the sun. Also, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your skin from insect bites. Additionally, we highly recommend getting vaccinated for some common illnesses such as yellow fever or dengue. So a trip to the Amazon requires prior planning and an appointment with your doctor!
MAGICAL LAKE TITICACA
Finally, your winter vacations in Peru wouldn’t be complete without visiting the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Its color is a fascinating deep blue like no other like you have ever seen. From a distance, its blue waters seem to mix with the sky. It is an impressive sight that no one should miss. Anyone looking to travel around Peru has to know Lake Titicaca.
Lake Titicaca is home to several artificial floating islands. Yes, you read correctly. These islands are literally floating on the lake and are built entirely of river reeds. Several indigenous communities live on these wonderful islands, the most prominent of which are the Uros. Although there are also the communities of Taquile and the town of Amantaní. You can also do experiential tourism and have an authentic experience by staying within one of these welcoming communities. Many of these communities still preserve Inca cultures and traditions steeped in old customs.
These ancestral communities have an incredible cultural richness as Lake Titicaca has a fascinating historical significance. According to Andean belief, this lake is the birthplace of the Inca civilization and the sun. But legends are not the only thing that makes this place wonderful. You can kayak on Lake Titicaca and see beautiful sunsets, listen to the pleasant sound of the waves, and soak up the serenity and peace of this magical place. We do not say this because we love our country, but Lake Titicaca is one of the most serene, beautiful, and peaceful destinations in Peru. Also, keep in mind that you will experience sunny but breezy days, cooler nights, and a bit of rain. So, prepare properly!
MÁNCORA AND THE NORTHERN BEACHES
Traveling to Peru to enjoy your winter vacations is an excellent idea. Maybe it will be winter where you live, but in Peru, the sun is rising! And many travelers often associate Peru with colonial cities, distinctive cuisine, and archaeological sites. But the truth is that the country is an excellent beach destination that is often overlooked. The coastal towns of the north take on a life of their own during December, attracting both locals and tourists from around the world. Visitors are charmed by the youthful shores and vibrant nightlife. The waves, its wonderful beaches, the blue waters, and the wonderful sunny climate combine all year round along with the inevitable gastronomic scene.
Máncora is the main exponent in terms of beach cities. Máncora and the different northern beaches are highly recognized in the surf scene. Its impeccable waves attract beginner and professional athletes for both surfing and other beach sports. The site is frequented by an ever-present youth scene that transforms the site into a high-rise tourist center. Discos, nightclubs, bars, and pubs are some of the places that abound in Máncora. So entertainment options will never be lacking. You can find other much calmer beaches away from all the festivities. One of the greatest places to experience winter vacations in Peru. But first, it’s good to make sure of visiting Peru with all the necessary items.
TRUJILLO, THE CITY OF ETERNAL SPRING
The city of Trujillo is located about 550 kilometers north of the Peruvian capital, Lima. It is identified as the cultural capital of Peru, and not in vain. Since the city is steeped in history, unbeatable beaches, and a huge culture. The city stands out for having a mild and dry climate that can be enjoyed throughout the year. It is acknowledged for being the birthplace of “La Marinera”, the national dance of Peru. And as it could not be missing in any corner of Peru, you can also enjoy a unique traditional cuisine. Trujillo is home to some iconic seafood dishes from Peru.
You can be sure that this coastal city will give you plenty to do and enjoy. Not far from the city is the archaeological site of Chan Chan. This is the largest pre-Columbian mud city on the American continent. There are also other no less important sites such as the “Pyramid of the Sun” and the “Pyramid of the Moon.” Trujillo is one of the best destinations to enjoy winter vacations in Peru.
WONDER AT THE WHITE CITY OF AREQUIPA
Another of the most perfect places to enjoy some winter vacations in Peru is the city of Arequipa. The wonderful White City is the second most inhabited city after Lima. This fascinating and beautiful city is located about 2340 meters high in the south of Peru. As with other cities in the heights, it is a good idea to acclimatize. This way altitude sickness won’t affect you in a big way. The city is truly charming due to the incomparable white stone architecture and varied surroundings. The environment is made up of beaches, snowy forests, and canyons such as the Cotahuasi and the popular Colca Canyon. In the city, the visitor will find a site rich in history and historical sites. The Santa Catalina Convent, the San Lázaro neighborhood, the Sabandía Mill, and the Cathedral Basilica are some of the sites you can’t miss.
Arequipa has a pleasing climate throughout the year. And during the Peruvian summer, which occurs between December and March, you will enjoy pleasant climates. But any time is ideal to visit Arequipa, either on your winter vacations or during your next summer vacation. One place we recommend visiting is the nearby Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Where you will not only find some wonderful views at your disposal, but you will also be able to appreciate the flight of the Andean Condor.
“WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S A CELEBRATION.”
In short, Peru is one of the best places to enjoy excellent and well-deserved winter vacations. As you may have noticed, you will always find something that will keep you entertained and enthralled. No matter what type of traveler you are, even if you are a beginner, you will find Peru a very friendly country. And our different travel guides for beginners may help you. We believe together with Machu Travel Peru that the many destinations in Peru are ideal for any type of vacation. But a getaway to Peru during the winter will make your experience unique.