When is the best time to go take a Peru tour regarding climate, crowds, and tour company?
Our tour company, Kuoda, told us Peru is absolutely crowd less the beginning of December...this is totally when I would go if I didn't have to work with a school schedule! That means just before the rainy season, so fewer mosquitos in the amazon regions (maybe almost none!), but still plenty of nice weather. We absolutely loved our tour with Kuoda, you can find my review of them through my profile page, but their guides were fantastic, their transport friendly, efficient and safe (our driver in Sacred Valley was perfect, and that's saying a lot with windy bumpy roads!), they were flexible with us all along the way, adapting our schedule on the fly when we had a cancelled flight & one time in Lima when we just wanted to do something different. Our ground contact was always immediately available and was always watching our flights to quickly readjust should anything go awry! I would recommend them hands down...I had shopped around and their price was competitive with what I found, but they were more flexible than the others. Also a bit more intimate, like a special weaving community they work with, lunch at a private home, etc. Definitely a personal touch. Climate...early December I would guess is like when we visited, it's cool but high altitude, so layers, because if the sun is out & no wind, it's hot! We are from Houston so tend to be more sensitive to cold than you guys probably, but we wore long sleeve t-shirts, then had a thin sweater option which was usually what we used, but also had rain jacket and fleece in case it was particularly cold at Titicaca, which was the coldest spot on our itinerary. (which we recommend Taquile there, it was one of our favorite stops!)
We went the first week of August and were lucky with the weather and temperatures-- sunny and upper 60's to low 70's
We were there 2 days before Christmas, so the beginning of the rainy season. It was crowded but I imagine the high season is in Oct/Nov before the rains start and in April/May when it begins to dry out.
We went early November. The weather was warm but not too hot, and the crowds were not too bad we were told.
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