Peru is a land of enchanting Incan ruins and jaw-dropping landscapes, with so much to explore.
Take a boat ride on Lake Titicaca and enjoy Peru’s speciality meal, guinea pig, for an authentic taste of South America. A must-do on your itinerary is a visit to Machu Picchu; Peru’s most iconic sight. Hike or take a luxury train to the ancient citadel and marvel at the archaeological splendour the ruins have to offer.
A holiday to Peru can be combined with any other South American country and is well worth doing so. Twin your trip with Brazil to visit the Iguazu Falls, or visit Rio de Janeiro with its iconic beach atmosphere. You can also pair with Argentina that offers everything from cowboy experiences to glaciers and some of the best food and wine in the world, or hop to the Galapogos Islands.
The dry season in Arequipa sees dipping temperatures, especially at night in June and July. The low humidity makes the cold feel less intense and daytimes are bright and sunny, with no clouds dotting the sky.
Due to its geographic location, Arequipa has pleasant year round weather with over 300 days of sun a year. We love visiting during the dry months of June through October when the temperatures are warm and the skies constantly blue and sunny.
Arequipa’s wet season is a bit of a misnomer. During these warm months (December through March) there is a chance of rain, but not all the time. Typically clouds may gather late in the afternoon followed by gentle, misting rain; however the days are clear and sunny.
The months between April and November are Puno’s dry season. Since Puno is located at such a high elevation, temperatures can get very cold, especially at night from June to August. The days are very sunny and dry with rainfall being rare.
Puno between May and October is absolutely splendid. While temperatures can get quite cool at night, the days stay very sunny and rain is infrequent. The crowds that swarm the area during the warm rainy season are thinner as well.
Puno’s rainy summer season falls between December and March, with rain sometimes falling in April and November. These months have warmer days with brief rains that crop up in the afternoons.
Cuzco’s dry season lasts from April to midway through November. During this season the sky is clear and sunny but the temperatures drop, occasionally tumbling to freezing.
We recommend visiting Cuzco in April and May or September and October. During these months the weather is sunny and dry and daytime temperatures are fairly warm. You will also miss the biggest crowds that throng Cuzco between June and August.
There isn’t much difference in temperatures between the dry and rainy season in Cuzco. The biggest distinction is the appearance of rain, although this means night temperatures are not quite so cold.
The Sacred Valley’s dry season features brilliantly clear, blue skies untouched by clouds or fog. While the sun comes out during the day, night time temperatures can get quite cold.
April and May or September and October are our favourite months to visit the Sacred Valley. These months have sunny and mild days with chilly nights. You won’t see much rain and the crowds are fewer, making it the perfect time to visit the area’s ruins.
During the rainy season in the Sacred Valley you may see heavy rains drench the hills without warning and the skies turn grey and overcast. On the plus side, a lush green spreads across the hill and the rains usually disappear quickly.
Lima is mild and warm throughout the year and its lack of rain makes it one of the driest capital cities in the world. Our favourite time to go is between December and April when you will avoid the winter mists and encounter bright, sunny, warm days.
Summer brings warm to hot temperatures to Lima. Skies are mostly cloud free during the day, although occasional foggy days are common throughout summer. The beaches can get quite packed, especially in January and February.
While rain is actually not that common in Lima, winters are plagued by dark, cloudy skies and a fine, grey mist called garua. Temperatures stay relatively warm, although the fog introduces a bit of humidity. This season is popular for surfing.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Peru from the UK.
Direct Carriers: British Airways fly direct to Lima from London Gatwick.
Indirect Carriers: TAM, Iberia, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, KLM and Air France offer indirect services to Peru.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of USD30 must be paid at Lima Airport (unless it is included in your flight ticket price).
Most restaurants include a 10 percent gratuity but you should include an extra 10 percent for a tip if the service was good. Servers at small, family-run eateries do not usually expect a tip. Do not tip taxi drivers and be sure to negotiate the price prior to your trip. Leave a few Peruvian Nuevo Sol for porters and bell boys and 15 to 30 Peruvian Nuevo Sol's per day for tour guides
No specific vaccinations required
British nationals do not need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.
The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol, which is an open currency and can be purchased before leaving for your holiday in Peru, although it is often less expensive to wait and exchange your money once you arrive in Peru.
Most commercial and tourist locations in Peru accept US Dollars or Peruvian Nuevo Sol. We recommend taking some US Dollars to exchange for Peruvian Nuevo Sol, as UK Pounds can be difficult to change in Peru. Make sure to exchange money from casas de cambio (cash exchange offices) for the best rates. Ask for small bills as most places will not accept large bills. Alternatively, take a small amount of UK Pounds to exchange upon arrival and withdraw local currency from cash machines. Make sure you change money before heading out of the larger cities like Lima. Credit cards are widely accepted in the larger businesses, but you will pay high fees.