Winter in Peru: Weather and Places to Visit

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Peru is a country with a distinct blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. Starting from June and extending up to August, winter in Peru is an excellent season to visit. The weather is often dry and bright during this season, perfect for outdoor activities and thrilling adventures. There is a lot to do in Peru during winter, from climbing the Andes to discovering ancient ruins to exploring the mighty Amazon rainforest. Visiting Lake Titicaca and the spectacular Colca Canyon, home to the magnificent Andean condor, should also be on your bucket list on a Peru trip during the winter months.

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Weather and Temperature in Peru During Winter

Winter in Peru has its peak occurring in July and August when temperatures can differ significantly depending on your location in the country. Coastal cities such as Lima experience mild temperatures ranging from 15°C to 22°C, while in the Andes Mountains, the mercury could drop as low as -20°C at night. The Peruvian Amazon has a tropical climate with high humidity levels and an average temperature of 28°C. June weather could be unpredictable at times, but it is mostly on par with July in most of the regions across Peru.

Precipitation-wise, Peru stays dry during the winter season. Its coastal and desert regions are generally arid and windy, while the Andes Mountains can experience occasional snowfall.


June July August
15℃ 15℃ 15℃
-2℃ -2℃ -1℃
Rainfall (mm) 4 1  1
Daylight hours 8h 11h and 38 min 11h and 49 min

For a more detailed seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Peru.

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Why Visit Peru in Winter?

Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru during winter.
Conquer the majestic peaks and rugged terrain of Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash during winter - a thrilling challenge for avid climbers.

Peru is a megadiverse country full of natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. There are plenty of reasons to take a trip to Peru in winter. Here are some of them:

  • Unique winter festivals: Peru hosts a variety of winter festivals that are worth experiencing. The most famous one is Inti Raymi, the Incan Festival of the Sun, which takes place in June.
  • Lower crowds and rates: Winter in Peru is considered the low season, which means popular destinations like Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca see fewer visitors, and you can also find great deals on accommodations, tours, and activities.
  • Scenic landscapes: While the coastal regions of Peru may experience some rain during winter, the Andean region boasts clear skies and stunning landscapes. The snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, and ancient ruins create a unique and picturesque winter scenery. Visiting Colca Canyon in Arequipa or a trip to the Sacred Valley in Cusco are must-visit sites in winter.
  • Wildlife encounters: Winter in Peru is an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts. The Amazon rainforest is the most biodiverse area in the world, and winter is the best time to spot exotic birds, monkeys, and other wildlife species. Another popular destination is the Ballestas Islands near Paracas, where sea lions, penguins, and other marine life can be spotted during winter.
  • Adventure activities: Peru offers a range of adventure activities during the winter season. Head to the Andes Mountains for hiking, trekking, and mountaineering. You could also visit the Cordillera Blanca, or the Cordillera Negra mountain ranges to try your hand at skiing, snowboarding, and other snow sports.

If you're considering a trip to Peru, we recommend looking at our Peru guide for a clear overview of the country to help you plan your journey.

Top 3 Destinations to Visit in Peru During Winter

The colder winter months bring a different charm to Peru. Some of the destinations in the country are even better in winter than they are at other times of the year. Here are a few destinations that are worth checking out during your Peru trip in winter:

1. Huacachina

The settlement in the dessert of Huacachina.
Travel to the dessert of Huacachina to experience the unique oasis surrounded by sand dunes during winter.

This desert oasis is located just a few hours south of Lima and offers a unique experience during the winter months. With daytime temperatures in their mid-twenties and cooler nights, a trip to Huacachina during winter is perfect for outdoor activities. One of the top highlights of Huacachina is the view of the sunset over the desert landscape.

Major attractions: Sandboarding and dune buggy rides.


  • The place is less crowded during winter, providing a more tranquil experience.
  • Cool weather conditions create a clearer and more vibrant atmosphere, providing visitors with stunning views of the surrounding sand dunes, oases, and mountains.


  • Fewer activities are available during the off-season, and some hotels may have reduced services.

2. Chachapoyas

Sarcophagi Karajia in Peru shot during winter.
Experience the mystery and grandeur of Sarcophagi Karajia in Peru's winter wonderland, a must-see destination for history and culture enthusiasts.

Chachapoyas is an overlooked destination in Peru, which is home to many archaeological sites and natural wonders. During the winter months, this northern town in Peru enjoys temperate weather, allowing visitors to explore its many attractions, natural sights, and local culture.

Major attractions: Kuelap Fortress, Sarcophagi Karajia, and Gocta waterfall. 


  • During the winter months, the cooler temperatures and reduced tourist crowds make a trip to Chachapoyas the perfect getaway. Winter is also the prime time for spotting wildlife and endangered animals such as the spectacled bear, Andean condor, and yellow-tailed woolly monkey.
  • Winter is one of the best times to go white-water rafting in Peru, as colder weather conditions make the waters more refreshing and the rapids more challenging.


  • Fewer activities are available during the off-season, and some hotels may have reduced services.

3. Arequipa

Roadway to Arequipa, Peru.
Gaze at the winter vistas of the Peruvian mountains in Arequipa through a scenic drive that will leave you in awe.

Arequipa is a Unesco World Heritage Site in southern Peru. Its colonial architecture, museums, and famous Colca Canyon make it a must-visit destination, particularly for history and nature lovers. The region sees mild temperatures during winter, making it a perfect time to explore the city architecture built from white volcanic stones and its surrounding natural beauty.

Major attractions: Colca Canyon, Yanahuara Viewpoint, the Juanita Mummy Museum, and Sabandia Mill.


  • Catch the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes in February, a colorful and lively celebration that features parades, music, dancing, and traditional food.
  • Mild temperatures provide comfortable conditions for exploring the region's natural wonders, such as the Colca Canyon and the Yanahuara Viewpoint, which offer stunning panoramic views of the city.


  • Some visitors may experience altitude sickness as the city is situated at a high elevation, and some historical landmarks may not be as accessible for those with mobility issues.

Top Activities During Winter in Peru

People in a procession bring back the Incan god during Inti Raymi.
Attend the Inti Raymi festival during winter and witness the colorful celebration of the Incan sun god's return.
Two climbers snowshoeing at Andes.
Embark on a thrilling snowshoeing adventure and ascend to the magnificent Andes in Peru.

 Winter in Peru offers an opportunity to experience the country's natural beauty and cultural heritage in a different light. Here are three activities that are particularly popular in winter:

  • Snowshoeing in Huaraz: This charming town in the Peruvian Andes offers a range of outdoor activities, including snowshoeing. Visitors can also explore the area's stunning landscapes with the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Blanca as a backdrop.
  • Attending Inti Raymi festival: This winter solstice festival celebrates the Incan sun god Inti and features colorful processions, traditional dances, and other cultural events.
  • Surfing in Mancora: While the northern coast of Peru may be cooler during the winter months, the waves are perfect for surfing. Mancora is a popular spot for beginners and experienced surfers, with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of accommodation options.

Travel tips for visiting Peru during winter

  • Consider visiting coastal regions such as Lima and Paracas if you are after mild and dry weather conditions.
  • Take altitude sickness precautions when visiting high-altitude destinations like Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Some attractions in remote areas may have seasonal closures or reduced hours during the winter months. So, check ahead before planning your visit.

Winter in Peru is a magical time that offers an amazing travel experience to all types of travelers. With a good travel plan, you can have a great time in this South American country, even during the low winter season.

Contact our local travel experts if you want to customize your trip to Peru.

Published by Supriya Rayamajhi, updated on April 27, 2023

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