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Huaraz & the Cordilleras

When to go

People hike year-round, but the dry season of mid-May to mid-September is the most popular time to visit, with good weather and the clearest views. It’s still advisable to check out the latest weather forecasts, however, as random heavy snowfalls, winds and electrical storms are not uncommon during this period. December to April is the wettest time, when it is often overcast and wet in the afternoons and trails become boggy. With the appropriate gear and some preparation hiking is still possible, and some trekkers find hiking then more rewarding since many of the most popular trails are empty. For serious mountaineering, climbers pretty much stick to the dry season.