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Machu Picchu: la settima meraviglia del mondo moderno

What to take to Peru

Climate in Peru – The climate in Peru has three main climatic areas: arid desert on the coast, the mountainous range in the Andes e the Altiplano region, and finally the humid area of the Amazon Basin. 

Coast – The warmer summer months go from December to March. However, on the coast the weather is warm all year long and it rarely rains. In the area around Lima the coastal fog known as garúa is a local phenomenon from April to November. This is due to the meeting of warm air currents coming from the desert and the cold ones from the Pacific Ocean due to the Humboldt Current. In the coastal area in the North of Peru, the water is normally warmer and temperatures are higher all year long. This means you can visit Peru any month of the year.

Andes and Altipiano – In the area of the Andes mountain range and the Bolivian Altiplano there are two seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season runs from June to August, whilst the rainy season is from December to March. Temperatures vary according to the season and in this region there are big temperature differences. For example during the dry season in Cusco temperatures reach 20 degrees during the day but are near to zero at night.

Amazon Forest – In this region it rains all year long. The drier months are from June to September. Rainy months are between December and March. However it should be noted that in the Amazon Basin rain only lasts a few hours.

Best time to visit Peru
The best time to visit Peru and Machu Picchu is during the Andes’ dry season. The high season runs from June to September thus coinciding with summer in the Northern hemisphere. This is by far the best time to visit Machu Picchu, go on the Inca Trail, do trekking, climbing or mountain biking. This is also peak time in terms of number of tourists. The months of September, October, April and May are also excellent months to travel in Peru and you may be able to find tours or packages at a slightly lower price; these are wonderful months to experience the Andes and to visit Machu Picchu. 
In the light of the above, please be aware that the Andes and the Altiplano region have visitors all year long. This obviously means that during the months from December to March there is a chance of some rain.
Finally, kindly note that the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during the month of February.

What is required for the Classic Tour
For a classic tour using bus, train, boat and plane without activities such as trekking, we advise you take a medium-sized suitcase with wheels  and a small rucksack for daytime and for the Machu Picchu excursion (on the train only hand luggage weighing max 5kg is allowed). Personal use products such as tooth paste and batteries for cameras can be bought in Peru.

Clothing – We advise you wear layers: long sleeve cotton t-shirt, sweatshirt or sweater or jacket with a zip that can be put on or taken off at any time. We recommend you bring along a good anorak or a poncho if you travel in the Andes during the rainy season.