Altiplano, Peru: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Altiplano, Peru? If you're planning to go to Altiplano, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Altiplano, Peru

Based on the climate and weather in Altiplano, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Altiplano, Peru by month

January

If you go to Altiplano in January, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain about half of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage

February

February in Altiplano is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks

March

March can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about half of the time. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens

April

April in Altiplano is brisk. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about two thirds of the time. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

May

Traveling to Altiplano in May, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain occasionally. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 40s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens

June

If you go to Altiplano in June, you will notice that it is brisk. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

July

July in this region can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear

August

August here is cold. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

September

September can be brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat

October

If you are traveling to Altiplano in October, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain about a third of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces

November

If you are traveling to Altiplano in November, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat

December

If you are traveling to Altiplano in December, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain about half of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Altiplano, Peru

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Altiplano, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Altiplano is at a very high altitude, and may result in altitude sickness.

For that reason, you will want to pack strong altitude sickness prevention products and treatments.

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox
  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and C
  • A SIM card that works in Altiplano
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing

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