Whether you're visiting Lima as a destination in its own right or here for a brief stopover before heading on to Cuzco and the Andes, there’s no bad time of year to visit.
There's usually something on the cultural calendar each month and the City of Kings serves up world-renowned restaurants, top museums, and direct access to the Pacific Ocean all year round.
However, Peru’s capital is at its best and most beautiful in the summer (December-March), when the beaches fill up by day and the bars spill out into the streets by night.
That said, Lima tends to see a greater spike in tourists during the winter (June to August) as it's the driest time to hike to Machu Picchu.
But even when fog cloaks Lima and the city skies turn gray, numerous festivals between July and October tend to liven the mood. Here's our guide to the best times to visit Lima.
Although Lima’s winter months see hordes of tourists, few visitors plan on spending a significant time in the capital. Instead, most pay a flying visit before heading off to explore Machu Picchu and other wonders in the Andes, as the dry winter weather is ideal for hiking in the mountains.
Nevertheless, with so many visitors in town, prices are high and you'll need to make reservations at hotels and high-end restaurants in advance.
Towards the end of June, days become shorter and the skies become more gloomy, making this a good time to visit Lima’s museums and free galleries and sample a handful of the world’s top restaurants.
The city hosts Lima Pride Week (late June to early July) around this time too. Average temperatures hovering around 20ºC (68ºF) – bike rides and strolls along the malecón (waterfront) are still an enjoyable way to keep busy.
In mid-winter, the city starts making preparations for the annual celebration of Peru’s independence on 28 and 29 July.
You will notice a tangible sense of glee among locals, so take advantage of this spirit of patriotism and chat with vendors at markets and patrons in cafes to learn more about Peru's culture and heritage. Lima stages a grand parade near Miraflores’ Parque Kennedy.
After the heat of January, February and March has worn off there is a lull in tourism in Lima – just before peak season ignites. Another quiet period marks the transition from the cool winter to the warm, humid summer. The beauty of visiting Lima during either of the two shoulder seasons is the chance to save money.
Reservations at top-ranked restaurants are easier to come by, prices in hotels take a slight dip and the odd burst of sunshine may just shine in your direction. In March, the fall equinox takes place in the southern hemisphere.
Semana Santa (the week leading up to Easter) is a big holiday domestically and hotel prices skyrocket.
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