Picking the best time to visit Peru is complicated due to the country’s physical characteristics; temperatures can vary hugely across the country. However, here at Contours Travel, we have done our homework and there is no reason why you should keep waiting… September calls for a trip to Peru!
So what’s so special about September? Well, it’s the end of the dry season in the highlands, so you can expect dry, sunny days and crisp, cold nights. And unlike the hectic peak season months of June and July, by September the crowds have thinned somewhat.
The Amazon abounds
Peru has no fewer than three Amazon regions: the heavily rainforested region surrounding Iquitos; the cloud-forest rich region of Chachapoyas; and the southern Manu National Park and Tambopata Reserves, where some of our favourite jungle lodges are located. And in September, the weather will be perfect for visiting these wildlife rich regions.
Machu Picchu and Inca Trails
Topping many a bucket list, the ancient city of Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist attraction in South America and can be reached via hiking trails or by rail. In September, you are pretty much guaranteed a sunny visit to the ruins and a (mostly) dry trek, should you opt for the Inca Trail.
Andean folklore dictates that Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, which is why this massive body of water is considered so sacred. The largest lake in South America is also the highest navigable waterway in the world. And it is home to the Uru people, who live on floating islands made of reeds. If you chose to go in September, you would be able to enjoy a boat trip under vivid blue skies.
Cuzco is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in America’s, and it retains many tangible links with its pre-Columbian past, such as the ruins of Koricancha, an Inca temple demolished by the Spanish in 1533. Winter (June to September) in Cuzco is by far the best time to visit.
If you are ready for your Peruvian adventure, let us know and we will arrange the perfect trip for you.