When to visit Lima? This is the city month by month!

Lima is a beautiful city to be visited all year round. However, due to its varied climate, each month can offer a different experience. Its climate can be divided into four different seasons: summer (December to March), autumn (March to June), winter (June to September) and spring (September to December). In this article you will know what awaits you in Lima month by month. This way you can better organize your visit to the capital of Peru!

City of Lima
The city of Lima


Lima in January

Summer in Lima
Lima’s beaches in summer

Lima in January is hot. The temperature can vary from a minimum of 22ºC. up to a maximum of 30ºC. The rains are almost non-existent. Lima’s beaches are packed in summer. The festivities move to the south of the city, especially to Asia Boulevard (at kilometer one hundred of the South Pan-American Highway). It is a good month to enjoy ceviche, the flagship dish of Peru.

  • What to do? Visit the beaches of Barranco, Miraflores or the resorts in the south of Lima.
  • What to bring? Summer clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Lima in February

In February Lima is in full summer. The temperature can vary from a minimum of 20ºC. up to a maximum of 30ºC. It doesn’t rain in Lima in February, although a sudden drizzle may occur. The beaches look full, especially those located in the southern resorts. Every Sunday the people of Lima like to play carnival with water balloons so be careful. It is an excellent month to eat ice cream.

  • What to do? Visit beaches in the south of Lima.
  • What to bring? Summer clothes, especially swimwear.

Lima in March

In March, summer is still intense in Lima, although in recent days the temperature can drop. The temperature can vary from a minimum of 20ºC. up to a maximum of 28ºC. Limeños like to go to the beaches or swimming pools. Agua Dulce beach is visited by the population of the ‘cones’ or outskirts of the city. Shopping malls look crowded.

  • What to do? Visit the beaches and swimming pools of Lima.
  • What to bring? Summer clothes, especially swimwear.

Lima in April

Autumn begins in Lima in April. In the first weeks it is still possible to enjoy the last days of summer. Even when it’s Easter in April, many people from Lima like to camp on the city’s beaches. The average temperature varies from a minimum of 18ºC. up to a maximum of 25ºC. It is a month not so hot and not so cold. It is good for adventure sports such as canoeing in Lunahuaná or paragliding in Miraflores.

  • What to do? Visit the beaches and do adventure sports in Lima.
  • What to bring? Summer clothes with light jackets for the evenings.

Lima in May

Lomas de Lachay
Lomas de Lachay

In May there are no more summer lags in Lima. The temperature is already starting to drop. This varies from a minimum of 16ºC. up to a maximum of 22ºC. On some mornings a dense fog can cover the city. It is a good time to visit the Lomas de Lachay or the Lomas de Lúcumo. The beaches already look empty except for the groups of athletes who practice surfing in the mornings in Barranco and Miraflores.

  • What to do? Visit the Lomas de Lachay or Lúcumo.
  • What to bring? Light clothing with a windbreaker jacket.

Lima in June

In June winter begins in Lima. The temperature varies from a minimum of 16ºC. up to a maximum of 20ºC. Showers can occur at any time of the day. It is a good time to visit the hills of the city (such as Lachay or Lúcumo) as well as the jungle part of Lima such as Marcahuasi or Huancaya.

  • What to do? Visit the mountains of Lima such as Marcahuasi or Huancaya.
  • What to bring? Light clothing with jackets.

Lima in July

Festivals patrias Lima
National Holidays in Lima

July is one of the coldest months in Lima. The temperature can vary from a minimum of 15ºC. up to a maximum of 19ºC. Drizzles can occur all day although they are more common in the mornings and evenings. Limeños like to try hot soups, the famous broths, in the morning or at night. On July 28, the National Holidays are celebrated with an imposing military parade on Avenue Brasil (July 29).

  • What to do? Attend the military parade for National Holidays on July 29.
  • What to bring? Comfortable clothes with a windbreaker jacket in the mornings or evenings.

Lima in August

August is one of the coldest months in Lima. The days are usually covered by a thick fog. Drizzle can occur all day. The temperature can vary from a minimum of 15ºC. up to a maximum of 19ºC. Limeños usually try hot dishes in the morning and at night. August 30 is declared a holiday because it is celebrated on the day of Santa Rosa de Lima. This month is also ideal for visiting the highlands of the department (places like Marcahuasi or Huancaya).

  • What to do? Visit the highlands of Lima, places like Marcahuasi or Huancaya.
  • What to bring? Comfortable clothes with a windbreaker jacket in the mornings or evenings.

Lima in September

Spring begins at the end of September. Throughout this month the sun’s rays can already be glimpsed in the city. The city feels more radiant. Some people like to walk along the Miraflores boardwalk and enjoy its sunsets facing the sea. They can also walk through the center of Lima and taste traditional Lima desserts. It is a good month to visit the Sierra de Lima. The sky in Lima is not as gray as usual.

  • What to do? Stroll through Miraflores or downtown Lima.
  • What to bring? Comfortable clothing with a jacket in case of cold winds.

Lima in October

Señor de los Milagros
Procession of the Señor de los Milagros

October is considered the purple month in Lima. The reason? Throughout this month the traditional processions are held in honor of the Señor de los Milagros, patron saint of the city. It is common to see women dressed in their purple habit. That month the weather is warm temperate. Temperatures vary from a minimum of 15ºC. up to a maximum of 20ºC. There are almost no drizzles. The weather is ideal for strolling through the city center or along the Miraflores boardwalk.

  • What to do? Appreciate the procession of the Señor de los Milagros, patron saint of the city of Lima.
  • What to bring? Comfortable clothing with a jacket in case of cold winds.

Lima in November

November is a good month to get to know Lima. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold. This can vary from a minimum of 17ºC. up to a maximum of 22ºC. Drizzles rarely occur. Due to the proximity of Christmas, it is a good month to make purchases in the markets of the city center or in the commercial emporium of Gamarra. As throughout the year, a good idea is to visit the famous archaeological centers of Pachacamac or Caral.

  • What to do? Visit the crowded markets of downtown Lima or the commercial emporium of Gamarra.
  • What to bring? Light comfortable clothing with a jacket in case of cold winds at night.

Lima in December

Christmas in Lima
Christmas in Lima

December is a festive month in Lima. The weather already announces the presence of summer. The temperature can vary from a minimum of 18ºC. up to a maximum of 24ºC. The beaches gradually begin to fill with bathers. The markets of the city center look crowded for Christmas. On December 31 at night the streets look colorful for the new year festivities.

  • What to do? Enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities in the different parts of the city.
  • What to bring? Light comfortable clothing with a jacket in case of cold winds at night.

 

By Machupicchu Terra – Last updated, August 28, 2023


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