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Is january a good season to visit peru and amazon?

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1. Posted by bsshah11 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

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Hi All,
We want to visit peru and amazon in January 2011. We are flying from australia.
Is it a good season to visit? or september to december is better?

This is the trip we are planning to take

Any suggestions please?


2. Posted by judai (Budding Member 26 posts) 6y

hi Bhumika
it depends if you like summer, january is a good time here in all peruvian coast.
and winter in the highlands. setember to december is spring.


3. Posted by bsshah11 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Thanks Willy.

I just saw on internet that its rainy season there during january. We enjoy summer as basically we are from india. I really enjoy temp around 30 C.
Do you think so we might not enjoy much in Machu Picchu, cusco and amazon due to rain and heat?


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5. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 6y

Hello Bhumika
I highly recommend to travel within september and december (busiest season is from june to september). January is part of the rainy season (december to march) being february the rainiest month. This year torrential rains damaged the train tracks to Machu Picchu on late january for example.

Have a great time in Peru,

6. Posted by Amimi (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

Yes I recommend early september as well (I was there at this time).... as the andes are definitely usually more important for tourists and it's just before the rainy season begins there.... I could imagine thats not so fun to visit machu pichhu by rain... or generally it must be very very cold....

I guess the amazon will have rain allways... (but I dont know when the seaon is when there is more rain)....

but on the coast it's very early spring... so no beach time... but I dont think you go to peru for beach and surf... or do you?.. beacuase then you should go around january

Its very difficult as peru has so many different climatic areas ....
But I think you should choose the best for the andes and cusco...
greetings from a peruvian in switzerland

7. Posted by bsshah11 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Thank you all for your responses.
But, i am confuse now!! Looks like january is not good time to visit peru.
As i only have holidays in january month. Can anybody suggests any other countries with good climate in south america?
I am coming from Australia so i don't want to go for beaches.

Any thoughts?


8. Posted by Nauss (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

It will be raining a bit in January. I would suggest going farther South to either Chile or Argentina...Patagonia is amazing that time of year. Good luck!


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10. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 6y

Jan in SA, only to travel between Antartica/Ushuaia to Puerto Montt (Chile) or Bariloche (Argentina). Recommended

Torres de Paine National Park - so much hiking to do here
Glaciar National Park - go to El Calafate for Purito Mereno Glaciar and hike to see Mt.Fitzroy in El Chaten.
Tierra del Fuego National Park - canoeing in here with the seal, wonderful.