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What is The Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu

¿When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu, Peru?

With some caveats (Read below), according to our time in Cusco, Peru that the best season is from April to October – best time to visit machu picchu weather of Peru.

Keep in mind that Peru is a large country with diverse geographies, including beaches, desert, mountains, and rainforest; each with its own climate, flora, fauna, and Cusco/Machu Picchu weather conditions. This makes it difficult to determine a good time to travel to Peru; if you are visiting several places during your trip. Our best advice is to check weather conditions in each of your destinations or ask your friendly Travel-Advisor for some travel quotes/tips and things to know when travelling to Peru! And pack your bags accordingly.

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→ Dry season versus Rainy season in Machu Picchu

► Peak season at Machu Picchu

→ Weather conditions around the year

Machu Picchu is open 7 days a week, every day of the year, including holidays.

Best Season to visit Machu Picchu, Cusco

Whether you have the opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World the way it looks in classic photographs; clear blue skies as a backdrop to sun-lit stone ruins nestled amid Amazon jungle-covered granite peaks, your best chance is during the dry season between May and October. Note: however, that even during the dry season, there may be morning and afternoons with heavy mists that can obscure the views.

Warmest weather in Cusco, Machu Picchu.

For tours to Machu Picchu, the warmest weather is from November to March. On the other, this also corresponds to the rainy season. In other words, higher temperatures do not correlate to great weather at Machu Picchu.

The busiest time is from June to August

The peak travel season for tourists from around the world and from across Peru flocking to Machu Picchu is from June to August. During this time, large crowds can make it a little hard to move around some parts of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and long lines at the ruins entrance are common. Make sure as well your Huayna Picchu tickets and hike months in advance, the same with Machu Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Montaña.

June to August is also a popular time for travellers who choose the most exciting way to get to Machu Picchu by the famous Inca Trail hike and alternative treks (Lares Trek, Inca quarry, Huchuy Qosqo Trek, Salkantay trek).

Rainy Season is from November to March

► Rain; anything from light drizzle to heavy downpours – occur almost daily from November until March. The heaviest rain is in February, which is also when the Inca Trail Peru is closed for maintenance.

♂ Orchids are more seen during the rain time → the blooming season begins in October/November and continues until the end of March.

Overall, we think the best time to visit Machu Picchu is from April to October. Again, rain and fog is possible at any time of year because Machu Picchu is located on the edge of the rainforest. But during the dry season, you have the best possibility to appreciate the full beauty of the ruins with many amazing views.

Summarizing from – Worst to + Best

Machu Picchu in February

Machu Picchu ruins is open, but the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during the whole month.

November, December, January and March Weather (MACHU PICCHU)

Worst of the rainy season along with February. Floods and landslides due to the rain are possible. Crowds are fewer than the dry season

April, May, September and October Weather – Machupicchu

Shoulder season months. The pleasant climate and warm-to-cool temperature. Most visitors choose this time to visit Machu Picchu – Peru.

June, July, and August Weather (MACHU PICCHU)

In our opinion, the best months to visit for good weather. Days are warm, nights are cool. Very little rain.

Important Note: Inca Trail season is open from March to January. In February, the trail is closed due to intense rains in that month. The best time to trek in the Andes is from April to October; however, rain is possible at any time of the year. June, July and August are the high seasons for trekking and Inca Trail permits sell out quickly, sometimes months in advance.

How is Machu Picchu Weather Year Round?

The Machu Picchu weather averages from January to december is sunny and cloudy during the whole year. Highly recommend to be ready for multiple temperatures. (time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.). On the other hand, there is no snow in Machu picchu citadel. But when you hike the legendary Inca Trail; you could have snow along the trek. So; Machu Picchu base weather is your mind and hand to plan your holiday to Machupicchu.

Machu picchu daily weather is unpredictable.

What is Machu Picchu Elevation?

Cusco the capital of the Incas’s altitude reaches 3,350 meters/11,100 feet a bove sea level; while Machu Picchu elevation is at 2400 meters/7,950 feet above sea level – basically almost a difference of 1,000 meters/3,281 feet. Machu Picchu ruins is located at the beginning of the Amazon jungle and at the end of the Andes. It means the location of Machupicchu citadel is between highlands and dense jungle.

CUSCO elevation is higher than Machu Picchu altitude feet.

Sacred Valley Peru Weather

The Sacred Valley of Perú. Also has two important seasons dry and wet. During dry epoch the weather is sunny in the day and cold in the night. However, during wet or rainy period the climate is very changeable and unpredictable. The Inca towns Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu pueblo are in the sacred valley. Therefore, all Inca cities mentioned have almost the same of Machu Picchu weather. 

Whether, you would love to travel for a day tour in the Sacred valley of the Inkas – Urubamba. All itinerary is shown here. 

Lima Peru Weather

If you are planning to visit the country of the Incas and you want to know; what type of clime does Lima Peru have? Lima metropolitan is the capital of Peru. The weather is very especial; it’s subtropical desert, with a warm climate from DECEMBER to APRIL and a frest, humid and cloudy weather from JUNE to OCTOBER ; with MAY and NOVEMBER like transitional months



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