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Best Times to Visit Lima

The best time to visit Lima is from December to April. Since Lima is in the Southern Hemisphere, these months offer warm, summer weather (sometimes upward of 80 degrees). The city's geography as a coastal desert means it experiences moderate temperatures throughout the year, very little rainfall, but plenty of high humidity. If you visit from May through November, considered Lima's cooler months, you're likely to find what locals call la garua: a thick misty sea fog that hangs over the city along with overcast skies. 

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December to April

Summer in Lima is peak tourist season, and with good reason. High temperatures hover in the upper 70s and 80s, with sunny skies and few clouds (Lima experiences very little rain, aside from the occasional isolated shower). You'll want to find a good vantage point for sunsets, which are known for being colorful this time of year. Be mindful that Easter and other religious holidays are considered national holidays in Peru, so some shops and restaurants may be closed. 

Key Events:

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December)
  • Foundation of Lima (January)
  • Carnaval (February)
  • Pisco Sour Day (first Saturday in February)
  • Surco Wine Harvest Festival (March)
  • Maundy Thursday (March or April) 
  • Good Friday (March or April) 
  • Easter (March or April)
May to November

Winter in Lima is characterized by overcast skies and mild temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the low 70s. You'll likely find misty fog and light rain through the city's winter months, but this also means you can expect discounts on lodging as tourist demand is lower. This is also a good time to experience local festivals and celebrations, such as Peruvian Independence Day. If you consider yourself a foodie, then plan your visit during the annual Mistura, the largest food festival in South America, in September. 

Key Events: 

  • Labor Day (May) 
  • Lima Marathon (May) 
  • St. Peter and St. Paul (June) 
  • Peruvian Independence Day (July) 
  • Fiesta de Santa Rosa de Lima (August) 
  • Mistura (September)
  • Battle of Angamos (October) 
  • All Saints Day (November) 

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