Peru: When to Book

Mountainous terrain, vast coastal deserts and steamy, tropical rainforests

Peru When to Book

Peru has several different climates, so when you travel there can depend upon what kind of holiday you would like. Having said that, the period from June to August is the dry season in most of the country and is also when most tourists from North America and Europe visit. This is certainly the best time for trekking and hiking in the Andes, but the downside is that it is also the time when prices are at their highest. There is really no problem visiting the Andes at other times of year, even in the wettest months from January to April, unless you are thinking of camping. After all, many of Peru's wonderful festivals occur during these months.

If you are thinking of visiting Peru's coastal plane, then the sunniest time of the year is between late December and March. At other times, the coast is shrouded in a thick mist, known locally as the garua. To the east of the Andes, the rainforests of Amazonia are, by definition, wet all year round. They too have their rainiest weather between January and April. However, the rain in Amazonia usually comes in short bursts and the clouds soon clear.