Peru is located in the southern hemisphere, so the summer is at the opposite time than in North America or in Europe. That’s why when the northern hemisphere is experiencing snow and cold weather, here in Peru, the summer season is at its best. Forget your winter vacations, travel to Peru and enjoy the summer season in this spectacular country which is also the low season. So, you will experience fewer crowds at all the major sites. Here, Cusco Peru Travel will give you some tips on what to visit in Peru during the summer.
The summer season in Peru
Peru is a country with three different regions. So, the climate can be different from place to place. The summer in Peru is from December to March, consequently, also on the coast and in the lowlands, the weather will be warm and desert areas the weather will be warm if not hot.
In the highlands and in the south of the country this is considered the rainy season, so it will be cold and wet, in the jungle region of Peru the weather will be hot and very sticky but there also will be rain so you will get some relief from the heat.
The Peruvian Coast
Let’s start with the coastal strip of Peru. In this spectacular country, we have 1200 miles of coastline. So, as you can imagine there are plenty of beaches from which to choose. For example in the Peruvian north, we can find some beaches as the following:
Starting from the north, Huanchaco Beach is a great way to start a Peruvian beaches tour. This beach features traditional reed boats used by the local people for fishing and the beach is just outside of Trujillo. In addition, the beach is approximately 14 km from Trujillo City, and you will spend 35 minutes in a car.
Just north of Trujillo is Chicama Beach. That Beach has the longest wave of the world. Moreover, it attracts many surfers in the summer. Also, on this beach have been carried a lot of surf championships. The beaches of the north of Peru are among the best in South America.
The beach at the top of the country is Mancora. It is a popular spot for tourists and for Peruvians alike, always crowded in the summer months. For that reason, we suggest you be sure to book ahead.
Things to do in Peru during the summer
The capital of Peru is Lima or “The City of the Kings”, where the summer months starts from December to March. During this season, the city is full of sunshine and the weather is warm. It is the perfect place to spend a few days.
The City of the Kings is also famous for its cuisine. Take a culinary journey in Lima Peru, for a delight to the taste buds. Miraflores is a beautiful district where you will find some of the best restaurants Lima Peru, and try the fusion cuisine that is famous in Lima.
The center of Lima offers some of the most beautiful buildings in South America and you can take a tour of the city, look out for the balconies that are a feature of the city center. At midday every day, you can witness the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace. Not far from the Main Square is the San Francisco church, well worth a visit to see the catacombs and the wonderful ancient Spanish library.
Visit the Nazca Lines
A trip from southern Lima to the desert town of Nazca is approximately 447 km, which means that you will spend some time watching a lot of beautiful landscapes. The main attraction in Nazca is the famous Nazca Lines. Some researchers said that the figures were created between 200 BC and 100 AD.
The figures that you will see are spiders, monkeys, lizards, and human figures. The dry desert climate help to preserve these important figures. Make sure to take a flight over the lines to get the best view.
Travel further south and you will arrive at the second most important city in Peru, Arequipa or “The White City”. The city features many worthwhile attractions, including the Santa Catalina Convent, a city itself, take a guided tour from one of the resident nuns. Also, “The White City” is attractive for its climate, always warm and dry.
Moving inland, you will leave the warm weather behind. As you travel to the highlands of Peru, the weather will change. The city of Cusco in the summer months is generally wet. Although it does not rain all day, the climate uses to be rainy. There are sunny breaks during the day so you can get out and about.
Cusco is home to the Inca Empire, which means that it is full of archaeological places and wonderful Inca treasures. There is so much to see and you will not be bored. Spend a few days here!!
Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Not far from the city of Cusco is the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is a delightful place that features many large Inca archaeological places such as Chinchero, Moray, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo.
In addition, some native people said that “the Sacred Valley is protected by the Andes Mountains” which were their Gods. Also, the weather is too different than in Cusco. For these reasons, you should spend a few days discovering the lovely little towns of the valley and understand why some tourists never want to leave it.
Visit Machu Picchu
A tour to Peru in summer would not be complete without visiting Machu Picchu. The Inca citadel is on top of everyone’s list and a must-see. Travel to Machu Picchu by train or do the famous Inca Trail (a four-day hike), walking up and down the ancient Inca pathway until you reach the citadel. Traveler tip: during the low season, you will see fewer people and you will avoid the crowds. So, you will have more time and comfort to explore this wonder of the world. Also, the city is cheaper in these months. For that reason, we suggest you travel to Cusco and visit Machu Picchu in January.
Visit the Peruvian Amazon
A visit to the Peruvian Amazon will also delight nature lovers. Although the temperatures can be hot and really humid, there is always relief with a downpour of rain. Go on the many jungle walks and see the animals and plant life.
Cruise the rivers at night and catch a glimpse of the caiman sleeping on the riverbanks. Peru has two common jungle regions to visit. In the north, there is the Iquitos region, which has many luxury river cruises. The second one is the Puerto Maldonado region featuring some wonderful five-star luxury jungle lodges for your comfort.
So take a summer in Peru vacation this year and escape the cold of the Northern Hemisphere, the advantages will be many and the disadvantages few.
Peru has many wonders waiting for you to be discovered. Here in Cusco Peru Travel, our speciality is to make your trip an outstanding experience, fill-in this form and let your tailor-made luxury Peru vacation begin.