Peru in February/March

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1. Posted by mrajarac (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

This is my first post here so a little about my traveling experience: which is not that much, outside of Europe I spent 2 months in India, which went fine by the way.. :)

So my question;

My girlfriend and I are planning a month long trip in febr/march 2008, We got interested in going to Peru but found out that the wet season is until april..
How much is this a problem? I don't mind having rain once in a while and I'm certainly not going for a relaxed beach holiday, but continous rain will affect the experience i guess (I'm from holland ) but I can't imagine picking another country or period..

Are the showers concentrated in a particular area/time of day for example?
can you share some experience/ideas??


2. Posted by mirapat (Full Member 19 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well, the rain is heavy during february in the mountains and the jungle. What that means for example is that the Inca Trail in Cuzco could not be a good idea. However, the rain in the mountins (the Andes) is not tropical like in the jungle.
It is beareable.
The other inconvinience could be the delay of the flights due to the bad weather. It is not advisable to travel by bus or car in the Andes during this time because there are mud sliding.
You can have a very good time in Machu Picchu and Cuzco.
Then you can visit the circuit in the north of Peru: Cajamarca and the Inca trail, Kuelap in Amazonas, Sipan Lord in Lambayeque (coast), Iquitos in the jungle.
I would recomend to go by plane

3. Posted by mrajarac (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


"luckily" we won't do the inca trail because of my girl's bad knee.

Machu Picchu however is a must see, but you say that's possible so that is good news actually
(a friend of mine couldn't go there because of a mudslide, but i guess i'm willing to take that risk)

are you saying that in the north the rain is less than in the south? or are you mentioning places worthwhile visiting?
or does the jungle in Iquitos have heavy rains too?

were not a too tight budget so planes are possible..

thnx again!

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 7, 2007, at 8:02 AM by mrajarac ]

4. Posted by Djana (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Are there agencies in cusco or lima that book a trek to machu piccu? Can you trek by yourself? Where do you stay the night?

5. Posted by perutour (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mrajarac,

As a matter of fact, the wet season here in Peru is November-April.
But one shouldn't expect long "showers" anywhere in the country.
The area where it rains the most is in the jungle, where at sometime in the
day, there is heavy rain, but it doesn't mean a problem at all.
They are the so-called "summer rain" which last no more than some hours, the

In the other areas, if it happens to rain, it won't take long, no way!

For anything else, feel free to get in touch.

Best regards,

Carla Barrientos

6. Posted by mrajarac (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thnx Carla,

that sounds good, not that we wouldn't go otherwise, but still.. :D

thanx all for your reply, tonight were booking the ticket!

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have been this year in February and part of March in Peru.

Iquitos and Amazon lodge,hot ,1 short and havy tropical thunderstorm.

Train trip to Huancayo from Lima,
1 week in the Huancayo aerea,not really cold,light rain showers,more drizzling,the local people where still sitting on the park benches.

Trujillo and Huanchaco at the coast.
Beach weather,warm,dont remember any rain.Dont know the water temperatur,sure it was to cold for me.(I'm rotten spoiled )

Peru itself is a very interestin country with friendly people and has many great places to visit.I also love the seafood,ah the conchas al parmesan,seviche.........
I love Peru,Marlis

8. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


My husband and I would like to go in Peru and our dates are not flexible. We are planning on going in mid-February 2008 for about 10 days. We are weary of the rainy season conditions. We'd love to go on a 3-5 day trek such as the Salkantay or the Lares Trek. Not sure if the weather would be so bad to damper our trip itself. Can anyone recommend visiting another region which could include some hiking as well?


9. Posted by outdooren (Full Member 86 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Wouldn't it be snowing at high elevations ie. over 3000m as opposed to raining?

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