Lima Weather October Averages, Peru
What's the Weather like in Lima in October
Winter is on its way out in Lima, Peru in October, with the temperature rising steadily and cloud cover decreasing slightly, although it can still be very overcast. The average temperature in October is 18°C with a high of 20.5°C and a low of 16°C. Lima's record high temperature for this month was 25.2°C and the low was 11°C. The average sea temperature in Lima remains the joint lowest of the year at 17°C. See our local weather report for more details.
Average rainfall in Lima in October is very low indeed, with a monthly average of just 0.2mm/0.008 inches, which effectively means that the chances of rain are low to non-existent. If it does rain, showers will be very light and brief. Rain falls in October on one day on average.
The average daily sunshine in Lima is still very low, at just three hours a day, 93 across the month. This compares to an October average of eight hours for San Diego, USA in October. There is an 84 per cent chance that it will be cloudy in Lima in October, but the days continue to get longer, from 12 hours and 12 minutes to 12 hours and 32 minutes by the end of the month. Sunrise is between 5.35am and 5.51am and the sun sets between 6.03am and 6.07pm. Average relative humidity in Lima in October falls from the September high to 83.5 per cent.
Lima's average wind speed falls as the month goes on, from an average of 9.5mph at the start of the month to 8.9mph at the end. The wind blows predominantly from the south.
The chances of needing your rain gear are negligible, but cardigans and jumpers are advised for the evenings. Otherwise, summer clothing will usually suffice during the day in Lima in October. Our 14-day forecast for Lima has all the latest weather information.
Lima Hotels in October
Casa Fanning Hotel
In the relaxed and cosmopolitan Barranco district, the Casa Fanning Hotel offers a good budget option for those wanting the independence of a self-catering apartment. All 13 apartments are spacious and bright and range from single to quadruple rooms with dining rooms, kitchenette, fridge, microwave and lounge areas. Breakfast is provided, there's a bar and café and a small swimming pool. The tourist magnet of Larcomar shopping centre and Miraflores district are just minutes away.
Foresta Hotel Lima
The modern and colourful Foresta Hotel Lima has been showered with awards and attracted great guest reviews, with its 60 large and stylish suites drawing particular praise. It is located in the upmarket financial district of San Isidro, adjacent to Miraflores and close to Lima's beaches. The Restaurant Terrace Aguaymanto serves buffet breakfasts, lunches and a la carte dinners, which you can have delivered to your suite. There's also a buzzing bar and a small gym.
El Polo Apart Hotel & Suites
The El Polo Apart Hotel & Suites is a plush new destination popular with business people. That guarantees excellent facilities and service and for those who want to be away from the tourist-clogged Miraflores district, it's Santiago de Surco location will suit. Rooms and suites are well-equipped and stylishly-furnished and the Polo Bistro can get very busy. The hotel is in the Polo Mall, which brims with upmarket shops, restaurants and bars. There's a gym and the hotel runs free shuttles to some tourist spots. Miraflores and the seafront are close by.
The Carmel Hotel is another no-nonsense budget option right in the heart of Miraflores. There's no gym, spa or pool and the café bar offers only snacks and small plates, but the 34 air-conditioned rooms are clean, well-equipped and competitively-priced and all that Miraflores has to offer is right outside the door. There's free WIFI, airport transfers, private parking and room service offering light bites and drinks.
Bars and Restaurants
Mayta is the brainchild of Jaime Pesaque and it has found a niche offering his own interpretation of traditional Peruvian cuisine. There are dishes designed for sharing, such as conchitas a la parmesana pizza and an arroz con pato as well as more conventional plates. There is an interesting bar lined with jars of native fruits and herbs and the restaurant has done so well it has branched out to Italy, Norway and the United States.
This is popular haunt for locals and tourists alike, although Amoramar is not easy to find, tucked away in a walled compound in the back streets of the arty Barranco district. The period atmosphere comes from its location in an old mansion that's also used as an art gallery, although most people prefer the outdoor dining area and bar. The menu mixes Peruvian and Mediterranean.
Ayahuasca has the sort of setting that is worth a visit alone, in a stunning colonial house in trendy Barranco district. This is a perfect late-night drinking and snacking venue, with cocktails made with macerated pisco and a small but tasty menu offering snacks, small plates and light bites. It stays open until the small hours, so is the ideal spot for a post dinner drink.
Punto Azul is a bustling ceviche restaurant, or cevicheria, serving great ceviche and traditional food such as a dish made with rice and beans and topped with steak and a fried egg known as tacu-tacu. It won't break your budget and can get very busy, particularly at lunchtimes. As the restaurant does not take reservations, this means turning up in the hope that a table is available.
Things to do in Lima in October
See a bullfight
This may not to be everyone's taste and the sport of bullfighting is a controversial one in many countries. But it's still popular in Peru and the Plaza de Acho in the city's Rimac district houses the oldest bullring in South America, attracting toreadors from all over the world during a season that runs from October to December. If the real thing does not appeal, try the onsite museum for an insight into the history of the sport.
Take a gamble
Lima is a mini Las Vegas, with casinos all over the city catering to gamblers 24 hours a day. As long as you are sensible and don't lose your shirt, a night out at a casino can be fun and many of them have bars and restaurants. Casinos include La Hacienda Hotel, Miraflores, Golden Palace in San Isidro and the Fiesta at the Thunderbird Hotel in Miraflores. Ask your hotel concierge for his or her recommendation.
El Senor de los Milagros
The religious festival of El Senor de los Milagros, or Lord of Miracles, is one of the largest and most important of Peru's many Catholic festivals and one of the biggest in the world. It stems from a 17th century slave's painting of Jesus, which somehow survived a huge earthquake when everything around it was destroyed. The highlight is the huge parade that takes place in Lima every October and grows larger each year.
Museum of the Nation
The Museo de la Nación is a huge repository of Peruvian history with thousands of artefacts spanning the country from its earliest origins to the present day. There are ancient ceramics, Andean artefacts, murals and a re-creation of an ancient burial chamber. Most recently, it acknowledged the pain and upheaval caused by the 20-year Shining Path guerrilla war which ended in 2000. It has been closed for renovation so check before you visit.