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When is the best time to visit Peru?

It is difficult to pinpoint the 'best time' to visit Peru. Due to the incredible biodiversity, and varied climates of each terrain - mountain, forest and coastline - the perks of a Peruvian adventure differ year round. 

Generally 'High Season' runs from June to August. This is the Peruvian winter, where the Andes are illuminated by sunny clear skies and trekking ground is dry underfoot. Coincide a visit to Cusco with the Inti Eaymi, the Incan celebration of the winter solstice. Peru is alive with festivals, and slightly more crowds at this time of the year. The low water levels in the Amazon Basin makes this an ideal time for birding on the riverbanks. White water-rafting is also excellent in the Apurimac and Tambopata. 

The 'Shoulder Season' is from September to November. Hiking routes are less crowded, and to find solitude and exclusivity, perhaps opt for the Salkantay Trek or Ausangate as an alternative to the well-trodden Inca Trail. As things quiet inland, the dense garúa (coastal fog) lifts on the coastline and sandy beaches attract more visitors. In September, Lima's gastronomic fame is brought to life with Mistura, a food festival showcasing various delicious delights. In November Chicama's famous wave is approaching its best. 

During the 'Low Season' inland Peru is wet and the coastline is hot, dry and clear. From December to February the Amazon Basin is incredibly waterlogged and humid, and the Inca Trail closes due to February's downpours. However, this is peak surfing season and many head from a fog-free Lima up towards trendy Máncora on the coast, or even the Ballestas Islands to see sea-lion pups being born in January.

The 'Shoulder Season' that runs from March to May is a wonderful time to visit Peru and gain many of it's perks. The coastline is still beautifully warm in March, and it is yet to become high season in the Andes and the Amazon Basin. Hiking routes are illuminated in green following the nourishment of the rainy season, and accommodation is slightly cheaper. May is a vibrant time to visit highland cities such as Puno where festivals rival that of the high season to follow. 

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