The best times to visit Arequipa for ideal weather are
November 26th to April 22nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Arequipa Travel Guide
Other Arequipa Travel Info
Weather in Arequipa
Average temperatures in Arequipa vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 65th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Arequipa, the hottest months are September, November, and then October. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late September where highs are regularly around 72.5°F (22.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 49°F (9.4°C) at night.
Arequipa Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Arequipa Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Arequipa Perceived Temperature (F)
Arequipa Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Arequipa Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Arequipa are May, June, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early April. For example, on the week of April 2nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early February with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of February 5th.
When can you find snow in Arequipa? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around November, especially close to early November. The best time to ski (if at all) in Arequipa is often around around November 5th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Arequipa.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Arequipa (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Arequipa has some humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is August (10.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (66.5%).
Wind in Arequipa is usually calm. The windiest month is August, followed by July and September. August’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.5 MPH or 12.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late November to early December where average top sustained speeds reach 13.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Arequipa.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.5||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.3||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.4||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Apr||5.4||Light breeze||11.4||Significant breeze|
|May||5.9||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.9||Light breeze||11.4||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.4||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.5||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.2||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Dec||5.6||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Arequipa?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Peru; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 09, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Arequipa, Peru is May, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Arequipa in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Arequipa Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 70.9°F (21.6°C) and 67.7°F (19.8°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Arequipa, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 72.5°F (22.5°C) and 70.1°F (21.2°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Arequipa to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70.3°F (21.3°C) and 66.7°F (19.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.