June is one of the best months to travel to Peru if you want to spend time in the Andes or at Cusco and Machu Picchu. The clear crisp weather this time of year makes for sweeping views of the mountains during the day and starry skies at night.
June is one of the most popular times to travel to Peru and is the start of the high season. Because of this, visiting Peru in June can mean crowds at top attractions. Learn how to avoid the crowds but still enjoy the best of Peru below!
Peru Weather in June Overview
- Average temperature range:1°C-30°C (34°F-86°F)
- Fog season: Lima and the coast
- Dry season: All of Peru
- Rainfall: 2 mm (0.1 inches) in CuscoLima, Trujillo, Ballestas Islands, Arequipa
- Rainy days: 2 in Cusco, 2 in Lima
Because Peru is located close to the equator, temperatures throughout the year don't change very much. The biggest change in weather is the transition from the wet season to the dry season. June is the middle of the dry season, making for excellent weather in the normally wet and humid Andes mountains and Amazon rainforest.
Because Peru is in the southern hemisphere, June is the middle of winter. This means that temperatures will be slightly cooler especially the higher in altitude you go. High-altitude destinations like Cusco and Machu Picchu will be cold this time of year and will require winter attire. In low-altitude regions like the coast or the Amazon, it's much warmer and you will be comfortable in shorts and T-shirts.
Machu Picchu in June
June is famously one of the best times of the year to go to Machu Picchu with nearly constant sunshine and wonderful crisp mountain air. If you don't mind the cool temperatures, this is the perfect time to take breathtaking pictures of the World Wonder itself as well as the surrounding mountains and Sacred Valley.
Because June is the middle of winter in Peru, temperatures at this high altitude location can get quite cool with lows around freezing and highs around 19°C (66°F).
Machu Picchu can also be crowded this time of year. A good way to avoid the crowds is to try to visit earlier than most (around 6cam) or after most visitors have left (around 2 pm).
June Weather by Region
Peru has three different climate regions that each have its own distinct weather patterns. These regions include the high-altitude Andes Mountains, the dry coast, and the wet Amazon Rainforest.
If you are visiting multiple regions, you will need to prepare for different weather!
Cusco and the Andes: 1°C-19°C (34°F-66°F)
June is well-known as one of the best months for weather in the Andes mountains. With almost no rain and sunny clear skies, this is a great time to visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and other high-altitude destinations.
Temperatures are cooler this time of year with lows at night getting close to freezing and daytime highs around 19°C (66°F) in Cusco and Machu Picchu. Higher altitude locations like the Rainbow Mountain and Lake Titicaca may be even colder.
Lima and the Coast: 15°C-20°C (59°F-68°F)
Lima and the rest of Peru's desert coast are much warmer than the mountainous region and see comfortable temperatures in June that are pleasant during the day and at night.
Peru's southern coast including cities like Lima, Pisco, and Arequipa does get foggy and gray this time of year as the la garua sea mist settles over the area. The northern coastal area including Trujillo and Paracas is often warmer with clear sunny skies.
The Amazon and the East: 22°C-30°C (72-86°F)
The Amazon and eastern Peru have a hot, wet, and humid climate year-round. June is the dry season but as the Amazon is a rainforest, it still rains a little every day. Travelers can expect daily showers in the afternoon lasting around an hour or two, but this allows for plenty of time to explore the jungle in the morning.
June is a great time to take an Amazon River cruise to experience the true beauty of the rainforest as the lower levels of rainfall reveal land that was submerged in previous months.
Best Places to See in Peru in June
June is the beginning of the high travel season in Peru. It is also the start of the festival season, so if you visit at this time you will be treated to a glimpse of authentic Peruvian holidays and celebrations.
1) The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
If this is your first trip to Peru, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley are two unmissable stops.
The incredible Incan ruins of Machu Picchu are located on a mountainside above the Sacred Valley. Take a tour of Machu Picchu to learn all about the history of the site and the people who lived there. Then, spend a few days in one of the Sacred Valley's beautiful colonial villages to experience authentic Peruvian mountain culture, enchanting handicraft markets, and lesser-known Incan ruins.
Festival: Corpus Christi is a religious holiday celebrated throughout the Sacred Valley on June 11.
Once the seat of the Incan Empire and then of the Spanish Colonial rulers, Cusco is a city that is steeped in rich history and culture. But don't worry, this city isn't just for history lovers. Cusco is full of charming colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, vibrant markets, great food, and plenty of beautiful scenery.
Festivals: The Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) on the summer solstice, the Cusquena Beer Festival during the first week of June, and Corpus Christi
3) The Amazon Rainforest
June is one of the best months of the year to experience the magical beauty and wildness of the Amazon Rainforest. As an area with one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, there is plenty to do and see here. Take a tour on foot or experience the Amazon through a relaxing river cruise. Most cruises start in Iquitos and make several stops in indigenous villages and communities as they make their way through this incredible river system and forest.
Festival: The Festival of the San Juan on June 24th in larger cities like Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Tarapoto
Despite the fog, Lima is an important stop on any traveler's destination list when visiting Peru. This up-and-coming culinary and art hotspot is the best place to start your journey and dive into Peruvian culture and cuisine. Lima is a thriving food city where you will find all kinds of great restaurants from famous local spots to Michelin-star masterpieces.
When you have eaten all the delicious food you can, make sure to stop in the art districts like Miraflores and look out over the bluffs to see the Pacific Ocean.
5) Trujillo and Northern Peru
Trujillo and other areas on the northern coast like Paracas National Park are the perfect places to visit if you want to spend a few days away from the crowds in off-the-beaten-track Peru.
In Trujillo, explore the city's incredible 17th-century churches then head out to the Chan Chan ruined city to see the adobe homes built by the Chimu Empire in 1100 AD. Nature lovers can also head into the cloud forests to hike to waterfalls or go to Paracas National Park to explore the sand dunes, cliffs, and diverse wildlife.
June Crowds and Costs
June is part of the high season in Peru, so if you plan to visit the country during this time you can expect higher prices on travel and hotels as well as more crowds. Crowds in June are still lower than those in July and August and you can often avoid them entirely by visiting popular destinations either before or after most tour groups.
Because Peru is busier this time of year, it is important to book accommodation and travel well in advance to get the best prices.
What to Wear in Peru in June
If you are visiting multiple regions of Peru, you will need to pack different clothes for different climates!
In the Andes, the weather will be colder and you will need to pack sweaters, pants, a jacket, a fleece, and possibly a hat and gloves to keep yourself comfortable during chilly nights. You should also bring sunblock and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.
On the coast, the weather will be comfortably cool and sunny. Pants and T-shirts or shorts and sweatshirts will a suitable choice for most travelers.
In the Amazon, you will need clothes for warmer and wetter weather. Raincoats and waterproof shoes are very important. You will also want quick dry pants and loose shirts to keep yourself cool in the humid heat.
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