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The Coast - when to go

From May – September Lima is shrouded in a dense fog called La Garua; a thick layer of low-hanging clouds paired with low temperatures and gloomy drizzle. The further away from Lima you travel along the coast, the sun gradually begins to break through the mist. November – March are the summer months in Peru. At this time of year Lima is hot and humid while further along the coast it’s warm and sunny and the temperature of the ocean is great for swimming.

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Machu Picchu - when to go

The Andes highlands have two seasons: wet and dry. During April – November it rarely rains and the days of endless sunshine offer an even better view of the rugged mountain peaks against a clear blue sky. Mid-December to March sees some very heavy showers and temperatures can drop quickly when the sun disappears behind the clouds. It’s best not to plan a trek in the Andes at this time of year. Note that temperatures can vary considerably depending on altitude.

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The Amazon Jungle - when to go

The rainforest of Peru has a sub-tropical climate and from October – April it rains most of the time. Nights can get cool. During the dry season temperatures can soar to 32C or higher. Not surprisingly, humidity in the rainforest is high throughout the year.

Travel tip: plan a visit to the Peruvian jungle at the end of your trip. After you’ve visited Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, it’s just a 30-minute flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. From there you can get a direct flight back Lima.

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Top 10 Places & Sights to Visit in Peru

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