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Peru in June: Calm Before the Tourist Season

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June is the start of Peru’s dry season. This is when peak-season crowds are yet to settle in, which means that it will only be you and a few others exploring the Andean highlands, gazing at the iconic Machu Picchu, and wandering down the streets of Cusco. Clear skies and moderate temperatures during this month make city sightseeing tours in Peru a pleasant experience. Even the Peruvian Amazon, which stays warm and humid through much of the year, sees less rainfall during June, making it ideal for wildlife spotting.

Peru Weather in June

arid desert landscape showing cactus and desert rock formations, Peru
Peru is fast gaining prominence as one of the best outdoor destinations in the world.
Mancora, beach and surf town in Peru
The Mancora beach is known for its turquoise beaches with ideal surfing conditions.

Given Peru’s size, visitors will encounter varying climatic conditions across different regions of the country. Temperatures in the Andes, for example, can range anywhere from 1°C to 20°C during this time of year, and there is very little if any rainfall. Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca all fall under this region. Even the Amazon Rainforest sees less rainfall during this time of year. In Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos, daytime temperatures dwell at around 26°C in June. Meanwhile, a thick coat of mist envelops Peru’s coastal region.

Check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Peru for more information.

Why Visit Peru in June

Ceviche seafood dish.
Ceviche is a Peruvian appetizer generally made from raw fish or shrimp.

Peru fully comes to life in July and August as crowds start settling in. However, there is a lot to experience in Peru in June as well. Be it hiking through the Andes or being part of festivities, you will not run out of things to do in Peru in June. Below are a few reasons why you should head for Peru at this time of year.

  • Affordable rates: June is still a shoulder season in Peru. Therefore, you can expect flights and accommodations to be a notch cheaper than high-season rates.
  • Less-crowded trails: The Andes see less footfall in June compared with July and August. Tick well-known highlights like Rainbow Mountain off your bucket list while avoiding hordes of onlookers.
  • Festivities: The final week of June is pretty eventful in Peru. Inti Raymi, or ‘the Festival of the Sun’, takes place on June 24. Cusco buzzes with onlookers as participants reenact ancient Incan ceremonies. On the same day, in the Peruvian Amazon, the Festival of San Juan is celebrated with locals swimming and relaxing during the day and dancing throughout the evening.
    In addition to all this, June 28 marks the nationwide celebration of ceviche, a popular Peruvian dish. Dedicated to fish marinated in lime, this tradition began in 2008 and is now part of the country’s culture.

Where to go and what to do

Be it embarking on a sightseeing tour in Arequipa, trekking through the Andes, or exploring the Amazon by boat, Peru’s diverse regions offer a variety of activities. Explore the coastal city of Lima during a bike tour and make pit stops at various eateries across town. More adventurous holidaymakers can head to the surrounding desert to try sandboarding or hire a trail bike for an off-road experience. A hike through Iquitos will introduce you to the native flora and fauna of the region. You can also cruise through the Amazon River as you discover more of this country. In addition to cultural heritages, the Cusco periphery is also ideal for active recreations. If you love hiking then you can drive to Rainbow Mountain and walk your way up to the top of the summit.

Exceptional temperatures and consistently good weather conditions are some of the many reasons to visit Peru in the autumn month. During your trip, you will be able to discover the vastly different landscapes of this country and celebrate various regional festivals with locals for a truly immersive experience.

For more information to make the most of your trip to Peru, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru. Or, if you need help planning a customized trip to Peru in June, you can always reach out to our local travel experts in Peru to devise a tailor-made itinerary just for you. You can also browse our trips to Peru in June for instant inspiration.

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