Peru in June
June falls during the high season in Peru. In Europe and North America the high season falls during the same time , which means many Peruvian cities are filled with travelers from all over the world. And it’s the best time to explore the jungle or climb a mountain.
When we talk about the weather in Peru, it’s important to know which areas we refer to. So, June in the mountain highlands (such as Cusco and Lake Titicaca) falls during the dry season. The days are hot and dry, while the nights are dry and cold. The temperatures are just above freezing during the nigh in June.
On the cost (such as Lima) it’s not very warm but it’s still possible to swim (northern beaches).
In the jungle, June falls during the dry season , with temperatures averaging 30-35C. Now is the best time to visit this area as the rivers are low and there are fewer mosquitoes.
Arequipa avg high 20C ; avg low 7C
Cuzco avg high 18C; avg low 1C
Lima avg high 20C; avg low 16C
Flights and accommodation in June
Since June falls during the high season, expect the prices for both airfare and accommodation to be high. Everyone travels to Peru during this time of the year, so book everything in advance. With a bit of luck you can catch some interesting deals.
What to do
June is the best time to head to the Jungle. The rivers are low so the beaches are exposed. Plus there aren’t that many mosquitoes to worry about.
You can also visit the mountainous region and spend some time in the city of Cusco . It can take your breath away…literally , due to the altitude. So allow for a couple of days to adjust and then plant longer visits in the city. The Pisac Market is a short car ride from Cusco and on Sundays you’ll be delighted to find excellent handicrafts here.
Maybe mountain climbing is not for you, but if hiking is, then you can plan to climb El Misti . You don’t need special equipment (aside from, you know, hiking boots) but at times there might be snow and ice on the ground. Be careful to adjust to the high altitude before making this attempt. The town to make your base for this hike is Arequipa.
Without a doubt, no travel to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu . The best time to visit Machu Picchu is between April and October , but most visitors come here between June and August. Plan to get there by Inca Trail , which is the hardest option but the best if you want to experience something unique.
But you can also head to the northern beaches as well and enjoy some swimming. Or you can try surfing on Mancora, which offers the possibility year round.
When traveling you need to experience the local flavor…which includes eating. In this case, guinea pig. Yes, your pet’s relative. But the Peruvians bake, fry or BBQ it. If you are not into bizarre food, then ceviche is a good choice. The national fish of Peru contains raw fish bits marinated in lemon (or lime). Herbs and onions are also added to the mix.
Go deeper into cultural explorations and stay with a family when visiting Lake Titicaca. Actually there isn’t other way to stay in the area as there are no hotels because the lake is carefully controlled.