The Best Time To Visit Peru Is….

Tiffany And I At Dead Woman Pass

I’m in need of your advice. I have the good fortune to have won a tour in Peru from GAP Adventures. 9 days from Lima to Cuzco to Machu Picchu to the Amazon Rainforest general area (technically Rio Madre de Dios, but it’s all jungle out that way). A quick tour and it should be fun. I feel quite fortunate to have won the trip thanks to attending a Meet, Plan, Go event in Seattle and random luck.

I’ve been to Peru before but that trip was chosen due to available timing, not ideal timing.  I’d like to go some time when the chance for great lighting, weather and photo ops is ideal but the crowds aren’t huge.  I’m not a huge crowd far.  As a matter of fact, I have a post in the works about why I don’t like taking photos when everyone around me is.

I’m looking for your input.  When would you say is the best time to go to avoid huge crowds, but still have a good chance at decent weather?  I know there is no magic bullet, but I’m hoping to narrow down the options a bit.  Thanks, in advance, for your help.

PS, I promise this time not to wear the goofy looking blue bandanna or slick my hair back.  Sorry about that.

3 Replies to “The Best Time To Visit Peru Is….”

  1. Phil


    Just got back from a trip starting in end of august thru september. Cold at night on the Inca trail so take decent sleeping. Warm during the days. Perfect really. U can take a look at my blog on

    Oh and the Inca trail is ALWAYS busy!


  2. Peter West Carey Post author

    Kristin, Then as my assistant, you need to find the right time for us to go. 🙂 And seriously, you’re welcome to join me, but my tour prize was just for one, so they probably want money, even if you stow away in my luggage.

    Phil, Thanks for the reply! Good to know August/September is good as well. My last trip was in November/December and it was a bit cloudier. Think I’ll push more towards your time frame. And I like you blog!

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