Travel Info

Peru Weather

Peru has three main climatic zones: the dry coastal desert and lowlands to the west, the tropical Amazon Rainforest jungle to the east and the Andean highlands running through the middle of the country. Peru as a whole knows two seasons – a wet season and a dry season – nevertheless this is only a general classification as the weather varies greatly depending on the geographical region. Apart from the specific regions in the country mentioned above the temperatures also depend a lot on the altitude.

 

Andean Highlands (Cusco, Puno, Colca Canyon, Arequipa)

Inti Raymi Festival Cusco

images.jpgThe festival is based on the original Inca festival which has been held for centuries to worship the Sun God. The Inca are believed to have celebrated this every year around this time for as many as 9 consecutive days. When the Spanish arrived to Peru, they immediately tried forbidding all native rituals and festivities, including the Inti Raymi festival.

Pisco Sour Day!!!

The liquor Pisco is made out of fermented white grapes that are grown for this reason all along the Peruvian Coast. Most can be found about 300 km South of Lima in the city of (with the surprisingly named!!) Pisco. Obviously it is here that the roots of this Peruvian liquor lie. In this region together with the neighboring Ica one can find the large majority of Pisco Bodegas. Nowadays Pisco is also being made in Lima, Arequipa, Moquegua and Tacna.  Pisco was first distilled around the 16th century with the arrival of the Spanish.

The Craziest Carnival in Peru!!!

 

During the year Puno is known as the pass through city when visiting Lake Titicaca, located at 3811 meters above sea level, it is the highest navigable lake on the planet. The lake is dotted with beautiful islands still inhabited by people holding firm to their Inca heritance. The lake is surrounded by snowcapped mountains reflecting in the dark blue waters making for some of the most beautiful vacation pictures. 

Other Options? - Inca Trail closed for maintenance in February

The INC, the National Culture Institute of Peru, is the body that governs and manages all historic sites in Peru such as Cusco, Chan Chan, the Sacred Valley and of course Machu Picchu. All of these are UNESCO protected and therefore have to comply with some rules and regulations when it comes to the maintenance and management of these sites. 

 

3 days in the Amazon Tambopata National Park - Day 1

 

We arrived to the city of Puerto Maldonado around noon and were immediately welcomed by Frank, InkaTerra’s transfer person. We were transported to the Inkaterra Butterfly House located at about 5 minutes from the airport and here they processed our check-in. Only 30 minutes into Puerto Maldonado and we already started to feel the heat and humidity making the fresh (and ice-cold!!) juice together with a cold towel a more than welcoming “welcome gift”.

10 Lesser crowded sites worth visiting in Peru

When talking about Peru for many visitors the main topic of discussion will be the majestic site of Machu Picchu and the Imperial City of Cusco. For people who have travelled somewhat longer in Peru this may be the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca or the deepest canyon in the world, the Colca Canyon, but often this is as far as the conversation goes for many first-time visitors of Peru.

This is a nice trip report from Jessica Kingsley who travelled with us in March 2013

March 3 – Arrival to Lima from Chicago, USA

After our long-haul flight from Chicago my sister and I were relieved to finally reach Lima. I was a little unsure of what to expect from Peru, but any worries were lifted when we saw our driver Juan’s smiling face waiting for us at Lima airport. We reached the Allpa Hotel around midnight and were delighted to throw ourselves down on the comfortable beds and fall straight to sleep!

March 4 – A guided city tour of Lima and a beautiful sunset!

Free entrance to many of Peru's museums on the 18th and 19th of May

Among the many museums of Peru that have opened their doors to the public one can find the Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru, the Tombs of Sipan Museum, the ancient Chan Chan site and the pre Inca site of Pachacamac. On May 17 at 10am there will also be held an inauguration ceremony outside the Ministry of Culture building to celebrate and open this first International Museum Day in Peru.

So come and discover some of the many wonders of Peruvian history and enjoy the workshops and additional performances that will be taking place on both these days.