Lima Weather March Averages, Peru
What's the Weather like in Lima in March
March is the second hottest month of the year on average in Lima, Peru and with humidity rising, it can feel very sticky and oppressive at times. The average temperature is 22.2°C with a high of 26.3°C and a low of 19.5°C. But it is often much hotter and has recorded Lima's highest ever recorded temperature of 33.4°C. The average sea temperature is warm, at 22°C. Check our local weather report for Lima.
The likelihood of seeing any rain in Lima in March remains low. There is only a six per cent chance of rain in March and on average the city gets just 0.4mm/0.01 inches of rainfall in March. On the rare occasions that it does rain, showers usually last 20-30 minutes and happen on one day of the month on average.
Lima gets an average of seven hours of sunshine a day in March, a total of 217 for the month. The days are less cloudy than January and February, with a 22 per cent chance of cloud. Daylight hours continue to fall as March goes on, from a high of 12 hours and 19 minutes on March 1 to 11 hours and 59 minutes by the end of March. The earliest sunrise is at 6.10am and the latest at 6.12am. Sunsets range from 6.30pm on March 1 to 6.11pm on March 31. The average relative humidity for March in Lima is on the rise and is 82.7 per cent. Humidity in Lima peaks in May and June at 85.1 per cent.
Wind speeds in Lima remain constant in March, with a variation of only 0.2 mph from the monthly average of 7.4mph. The wind comes from a southerly direction for 98 per cent of the month.
This is another month for lightweight clothing, including shorts and t-shirts. Don't forget your swimming costumes either, as the warm sea temperatures of 22°C make a dip in the sea well worth making time for. It is always advisable to check our 14-day forecast for Lima before departing.
Lima Hotels in March
Miraflores Colon Hotel
Shopaholics will love the location of the Miraflores Colon Hotel as it is less than five minutes' walk from the huge Larcomar mall. The hotel is popular with business people and is modern and functional rather than luxurious. The 66 rooms are bright and have all mod cons and the suites have a kitchenette, jacuzzi and either panoramic views over Lima or out to sea. There's free WIFI, a bar serving light snacks and 24-hour room service.
Casa Andina Select Miraflores
The Casa Andina Select Miraflores is an ideal tourist hotel for exploring the many delights of Miraflores, close to the Inca Market, Parque Kennedy and, a short taxi hop away, the Wari ruins of Huaca Pucliana. The hotel's reception is a popular meeting spot and is always busy. There's a cosy bar with a 'living wall' of Amazonian vines, a well-equipped fitness centre and the La Plaza Bar & Grill, am American-style diner serving pasta, pizzas and sandwiches. Rooms are spacious with huge windows, whitewashed walls and mahogany furniture.
Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport
If you want a 24-hour hotel that is close to the airport, the Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport is the place for you. It connects directly to Jorge Chavéz International Airport via a walkway and rooms can be booked by the hour as well as the night. There's a 24-hour spa and fitness centre to unwind in with pool, jacuzzi and sauna, a free breakfast buffet, 24-hour lounge and restaurant
Ibis Lima Reducton Miraflores
This is a new, budget addition to Lima's hotel collection. The Ibis Lima Reducton Miraflores has 154 clean and well-equipped rooms, a 24-hour bar and restaurant serving Peruvian and international dishes and provides free buffet breakfast daily. All the main tourist attractions of Miraflores, along with bars, shops and restaurants aplenty, are nearby and the nearest Metro station is a block away.
Lima Beaches in March
Pucusana is 76km south of Lima and you get the double delight of a typical Peruvian fishing village complete with lots of ceviche restaurants serving the freshest fish and a lovely sandy beach that is not as crowded as the more well-known alternatives on this stretch of coast.
Bars and Restaurants
Yes, it's a hostel. But not many of these backpackers' haunts can boast a great rooftop bar like Hotel Kokopelli can. It's in the heart of the lively Miraflores district and is a perfect spot for a pre or after dinner drink, with a range of nightly events keeping the atmosphere lively, including DJs and live bands. This is aided by happy hours and even free shots if you feel strong enough. By day, it's a more laid-back meeting place with great city views.
Orient Express Restobar
Sip great cocktails in the exotic setting based on one of the world's most famous trains at the small but perfectly formed Orient Express Restobar, a past winner of the Best Pisco Sour contest at the Mistura Food Fair. Visitors love it, judging by the reviews and its cocktails score maximum points. This cosy and friendly bar in Miraflores is perfect for tipplers and train lovers alike.
Enjoy the best of both worlds with views of a 1500-year-old pyramid from a great restaurant at Huaca Pucliana. The food alone is worth the visit, judging by the awards and great reviews the place has collected. Sample ceviche and sea bass chupes (stews), or tuck into lamb chops with pumpkin risotto, followed by desserts including crème caramel made on the premises. All this while gazing at a pyramid right in the heart of Miraflores.
The Huaringas Bar is one of Lima's most popular and attracts a good balance of locals and tourists. Despite its popularity, there is plenty of room to socialise as there are spaces to suit all tastes across several floors. The Pisco sour has been given a new twist here, being mixed with tropical fruits including passion fruit. There's a good snack and light bites menu and live music at weekends.
Things to do in Lima in March
Take a scenic stroll
For a great walk with incredible views all the way, head for the six-mile Miraflores boardwalk, or Malecón, which starts in Malecón de la Marina at the Northern end, merges into Malecón Cisneros and ends in Malecón Cisneros. All along this clifftop promenade are wonderful Pacific views and this is a popular destination for families and couples, who often end up at the appropriately-named Love Park. Take a picnic or stop off at one of the many bars along the way.
Get on your bike
One great way of keeping fit and seeing Lima is to take a bicycle tour of the city. You can choose to see the main sights with an experienced guide, or combine your tour with a culinary experience, taking in famous city eating places en route. Tours will also take visitors to sights off the tourist map for a unique view of Lima. The same family-run company also offers city walking tours.
Haggle to your heart's content at the Miraflores Indian Market, where you can buy from the makers with no middle man to push prices up. There are baskets, bags, backpacks, hats, jackets and more made from everything from Alpaca to Llama skins and traditional Peruvian jewellery made from wood or clay. One essential purchase is the typical Cusco blanket, a vivid, colourful creation which will be much cheaper here than at home.
The Museo de Sito Naval celebrates the country's proud maritime heritage and submarines in particular. The Abtao was in service with the Peruvian Navy for 48 years until it was decommissioned in 1998 and turned into a floating museum in the port of Callao. Experience submarine life in six of the craft's chambers, see the torpedo and the engine room sand imagine what it must have been like to be submerged at sea for weeks at a time.