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

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

When to go to Colca Canyon, Peru

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

What to wear/what to pack for Colca Canyon, Peru by month

January

If you are traveling to Colca Canyon in January, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in this region is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 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:

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

March

If you go to Colca Canyon in March, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

Traveling to Colca Canyon in April, 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 low 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you are traveling to Colca Canyon in May, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain occasionally.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the high 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you are traveling to Colca Canyon in June, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 30s F (single digits C). There is frost nearly every day this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks

July

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters

August

If you go to Colca Canyon in August, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 30s F (single digits C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens

September

September here is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you go to Colca Canyon in October, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain regularly. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the low 30s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Colca Canyon is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December here can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the low 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:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Colca Canyon, Peru

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Colca Canyon, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Colca Canyon 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 Colca Canyon
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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