Peru is a country with three different regions so the climate can differ from place to place. Summer in Peru is from December to March and on the coast and in the low lands and desert areas the weather will be warm if not hot. 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.
Peru is in the southern hemisphere so summer is at the opposite time than in North America and in Europe, so when the northern hemisphere is experiencing the snow and cold, Peru will be experiencing summer.
Take your vacations in winter, travel to Peru, and enjoy the summer, which is also the low season so you will experience less crowds at all the major sites. Here we will give you some tips on what to visit in Peru during the summer.
Let us start with the coast of Peru, Peru has 1200 miles of coastline so as you can imagine there are plenty of beaches from which to choose. Starting from the north, Huanchaco Beach is a great start, the beach features traditional reed boats used by the local people to fish, and the beach is just outside of Trujillo. Just north of Trujillo is Chicama Beach which has the world’s longest wave, then there is Chicama, which attracts many surfers with its large breaks. The beaches of the north of Peru are among the best in South America. The beach at the top of the country is Mancora, a popular spot for tourists and for Peruvians alike, always crowded in the summer months, be sure to book ahead.
The capital of Peru is Lima, where the summer months are December to March, during this time the city is full of sunshine and weather is warm. The perfect place to spend a few days. Lima is also famous for its cuisine. Take a culinary journey in Lima Peru, for a delight to the taste buds. In Miraflores a suburb of Lima, you will find some of the best restaurants Lima Peru to 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 Plaza de Armes is the San Francisco church, well worth a visit to see the catacombs and the wonderful ancient Spanish library.
Travel south of Lima to the desert town of Nazca. The main attraction in Nazca is of course the famous Nazca Lines. Said to be created between 200 BC and 100AD the figures that you will see on your flight will be spiders, monkeys, lizards and human figures. The dry desert climate help to preserve the lines. Make sure to take a flight over the lines to get the best view. As the climate is warm and dry, spend a few days lounging by the pool.
Travel further south and you will arrive at Peru´s second city, Arequipa, the city features many worthwhile attractions including the Santa Catalina Convent, a city itself, take a guided tour from one of the resident nuns. Arequipa is an attractive city and the climate is always warm and dry.
Moving inland you will leave the warm weather behind. As you enter 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, it does rain. There are sunny breaks during the day so you can get out and about. Cusco is the home of the Inca Empire, which means that it is full of ruins and wonderful Inka treasures. Spend a few days here there is so much to see you will not be bored.
Not far from the city of Cusco is the Sacred Valley of the Inka´s a delightful place that features many large Inca Ruins, markets and is home to a large expat community. As the Sacred Valley is protected by the Andes Mountains is has a different climate to Cusco. Spend a few days discovering the lovely little towns of the valley and understand why some tourists never want to leave.
A tour to Peru in summer would not be complete without visiting Machu Picchu. The Inka citadel is on top of everyone’s list and a must see. Travel to Machu Picchu by train or do the famous Inka Trail, a four-day hike, walking up and down the ancient Inka pathway until you reach the ruins. The low season in Machu Picchu sees less people so you will have more time to explore this wonder of the world.
A visit to the Peruvian Amazon will also delight the 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 jungle regions to visit, in the north there is the Iquitos regions, which has many luxury river cruises. The second 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.