Peru has two seasons, the dry and rainy season, however it is a country that can be visited all year round. There are many different microclimates around the country, but generally speaking the dry season runs from May – September with the rainy season falling over the rest of the year. April and October are considered shoulder months where you may see some rain but will benefit from lower prices and fewer crowds. Travellers in Peru between November and March can expect more rain however it is Peru’s summer so the weather is warmer. Conditions remain quite pleasant until the end of the year whilst January and February are the wettest months with the Inca trail shutting for February (although Machu Picchu remains open). Whilst rain can make trekking conditions difficult there are other advantages to travelling at this time, the landscape changes to a vibrant green, which is a beautiful contrast to the snow-capped mountains, and it is when wildlife is abundant. This is especially notable in the Amazon, which really comes to life, as well as in the Andes where Llamas and Alpacas have given birth to their young. Of course you will be completely avoiding the crowds at this time of year.
Some of our favourite months to travel are April, September & October where the are fewer crowds and weather should be predominantly blue skies and sunshine. Of course during British summer months it is a truly fantastic destination as the sun will be shining in the day and cool clear evenings offer beautiful sunsets and perfect conditions for sun-gazing. We do however recommend booking 6 – 9 months in advance for summer holidays to Peru.