WHEN TO TRAVEL

When to Travel page/ Paramo – Santa Isabel

ANDES WORLD TRAVEL offers trips to the Andes year-round, but there are of course better times to climb and trek in the mountains than others. The guidelines below can help you decide on the best time of year for your trip.

ARGENTINA

CLIMBING: Aconcagua

Best period: From the first week of Dec. to mid-February
Changeable: From mid-Nov. to the first week of Dec. and mid-February to mid-March
Not recommended: From mid-March to mid-November (no commercial expeditions run during this period.)

COLOMBIA

CLIMBING & TREKKING: 

Best period: From Nov. 15 to March
Changeable: From March to April and June to mid-September (windy)
Not recommended: From April to May and mid-September to mid-November
NOTE: The Lost City Trek can be done the whole year round

ECUADOR

CLIMBING & TREKKING: 

Best period: From Nov. 15th to March 15th
Changeable: March 15th to April and June to mid-September (windy)
Not recommended: April – May and mid-September to mid-November
NOTE: The Condor Trek is only advisable from mid-November to end of Feb.

BOLIVIA

CLIMBING & TREKKING: 

Best period: From June to August
Changeable: From the beginning of May to June and August to end of October
Not recommended: From Nov. to May

PERU

TREKKING: Inca, Salcantay & Choquequirao

Best period: From April to October
Not recommended: Nov. to March (rainy season)
NOTE: The Classic Inca Trail is closed in the month of February so it is not possible to run trips then.
The others trips can still be run, but it is the rainy season.

TREKKING: Cordillera Blanca & Huayhuash

Best period: From mid-June to the beginning of September
Changeable: From the beginning of May to mid-June and the month of September
Not recommended: From October to May

CLIMBING & TREKKING: Cordillera Vilcanota and Urubamba – Cusco Area

Best period: from end of May to beginning of September
Changeable: From April to end of May and from the beginning of September to November
Not recommended: From the end of September to Mid-June
NOTE. November to March (rainy season)

CLIMBING: Cordillera Blanca

Best period: From the beginning of July to end of August
Changeable: From mid-June to the beginning of July and end of August to end of September
Not recommended: From the end of September to mid-June
NOTE. Some mountains take longer to be in acceptable conditions for the climb.
Please consult us regarding the mountain you intend to attempt.

CLIMBING: Cordillera Volcanica – Arequipa

Best period: From April to October
Changeable: March to April and October to December
Not recommended: December to March
NOTE. Due to the geographic location of these mountains, they can even be climbed during the “not recommended” period if that is the only option.

VENEZUELA

CLIMBING & TREKKING: La Gran Sabana

Best period: From November to April
Changeable: From April to August (rainy season)
Not recommended: From April to May and mid-September to mid-November
NOTE: The Auyantepui trip is only advisable during the best period, due to the rappels.
All trips that do not involve the rappels can be run all year long, as rain in this region comes daily but only for short periods of time.

CLIMBING & TREKKING: Merida

Best period: From Nov. 15 to March
Changeable: From March to April and June to mid-September (windy)
Not recommended: From April to May and mid-September to mid-November