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Ancient archaeological sites, the towering Andes Mountains and the lush Amazon rainforest

Peru is a country with huge cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes. Machu Picchu, the 'Lost City of the Incas' is its most famous attraction.

Peru is a country that is steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is a land of contrasts, from the lush Amazon jungle to the soaring Andes Mountains, and from bustling cities to quiet villages.

One of the highlights of any trip to Peru is a visit to Machu Picchu, also known as the 'Lost City of the Incas'. However, a tour of Peru is not limited to this famous archaeological site. The country is home to numerous other ancient gems, such as Huchuy Qosqo and the Qoricancha Temple of the Sun in Cusco. Each site offers its own unique insights into the country's rich history and culture.

In addition to its cultural treasures, Peru is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the world. With its snow-capped peaks, shimmering lakes, and plunging canyons, Peru's Andes Mountains are a paradise for hikers, explorers and adventurers. Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, is another must-visit destination. Its azure waters and charming islands offer a fascinating insight into the region's local culture and traditions.

Peru's natural beauty is not limited to its mountains and lakes. The Amazon rainforest, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna. A stay in one of our comfortable lodges in the jungle for a safari style expedition provides the perfect way to experience the wonders of the Amazon region of Tambopata.

Of course, no visit to Peru would be complete without sampling its world-renowned cuisine. The country's capital, Lima, has been named the gastronomic capital of South America for several years running. From ceviche to lomo saltado, Peruvian cuisine is a fusion of indigenous ingredients and international influences, resulting in a truly unique culinary experience.

When to go to Peru

Peru is a country that can be visited year-round, as it has a diverse climate and a range of activities to suit every season. Here's a short month-by-month guide to help you decide when to visit:

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January

January is a great time to visit the coastal regions of Peru, including Lima, Paracas, and Mancora. The weather is warm and sunny along the coast, making it perfect for beach activities and water sports.

Coastal Areas (Lima, Paracas, Nazca): Warm and humid with temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F).

Highlands (Cusco, Machu Picchu): Rainy season, so expect occasional showers and some trekking routes may be closed.

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February

In February, you can experience the vibrant Carnival celebrations in various cities like Cajamarca and Puno. The festivities feature colorful parades, music, and dancing, offering a unique cultural experience.

Coastal Areas: Remains warm and humid with temperatures similar to January.

Highlands: Still the rainy season, but rainfall starts to decrease towards the end of the month. Some trekking routes may be accessible again.

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March

March is an excellent time for outdoor activities in the Andes as the rainy season starts to wind down. It's a good month for trekking and exploring the natural beauty of the mountains.

Coastal Areas: The weather remains warm, but humidity starts to decrease.

Highlands: The rainy season is ending, and the landscape is lush and green.

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April

It's an ideal time to visit the jungle regions, where you can witness lush vegetation and a variety of wildlife.

Coastal Areas: Autumn sets in, temperatures begin to drop, and fog becomes more common in Lima.

Highlands: The start of the dry season, making it an excellent time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu.

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May

May is a shoulder season with generally mild weather and fewer tourists. It's a good time to explore popular destinations like Machu Picchu and Cusco before the peak tourist season begins.

Coastal Areas: Foggy mornings in Lima, but the sun usually breaks through later in the day.

Highlands: The dry season continues, with pleasant and sunny days.

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June

June is an excellent month to visit Cusco and attend the Inti Raymi festival, which celebrates the Incan sun god Inti. This festival features colourful processions and ancient rituals, adding to the cultural richness of the experience.

Coastal Areas: Cool temperatures in Lima due to the influence of the cold Humboldt Current.

Highlands: One of the best months to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, with minimal rainfall and comfortable temperatures during the day.

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July

July is the peak tourist season in Peru, especially around Independence Day (July 28th). It's a great time to visit all regions of the country, including the coast, mountains, and rainforest.

Coastal Areas: Lima's winter, cool and misty.

Highlands: Dry season continues, but July also marks the beginning of the high tourist season. Plan ahead and expect crowds

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August

August is a good time to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, but make sure to book in advance, as permits can sell out quickly during this popular time of year.

Coastal Areas: Similar to July, cool and misty in Lima.

Highlands: High tourist season continues. It's essential to book treks and accommodations in advance.

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September

September is a transition month when the crowds start to thin out, and the weather remains pleasant in most regions. It's a good time for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Coastal Areas: Springtime starts, and temperatures begin to rise in Lima.

Highlands: Crowds start to thin out, but the weather remains favourable.

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October

October is another shoulder season with fewer tourists. The weather is still favourable, making it an ideal time for exploring different parts of the country.

Coastal Areas: Pleasant spring weather in Lima.

Highlands: The dry season continues, and this month is still a good time to visit.

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November

November marks the beginning of the rainy season on the coast, so it's best to focus on the Andes and the Amazon during this month.

Coastal Areas: Springtime in Lima, with warmer temperatures.

Highlands: The dry season ends, and the rainy season begins, so expect occasional showers.

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December

It is festive time in Peru, with various Christmas and New Year celebrations taking place throughout the country. Coastal regions are popular for holiday getaways, with warm weather and beach activities.

Coastal Areas: Warm and comfortable temperatures in Lima, ideal for beach activities.

Highlands: The rainy season continues, but it's still possible to visit. Just be prepared for wet conditions.

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