The Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is open every day of the year, including public holidays.
The best season to visit Machu Picchu depends on your personal preferences as well as the timings of your trip. There is so much more to consider besides the weather forecast.
Machu Picchu Weather:
The highest temperatures don’t correspond with sun and clear skies in Machu Picchu. If you plan a trip between November and March (during the rainy season), it’s the warmest weather with daytime temperatures that vary between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 27 degrees Celcius).
Dry weather (Most popular time to visit)
If you want to improve your chances of seeing Machu Picchu, one of the new seven wonders of the world, as it appears in classic photos, with blue skies forming the backdrop to a stone citadel illuminated by the sun, the best time to visit is between May and October. These months almost always correspond to the dry season in the region and are the most popular time to visit Machu Picchu. The temperature varies between 48°F and 77°F.
However, it is important to bear in mind that Machu Picchu is part of a tropical cloud forest and even during these months of the dry season, there may be rain and dense fog that can obscure the views.
Dry season versus Rainy season
The dry and rainy seasons coincide with the high and low seasons in Machu Picchu. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.
The rainy season is from November to March and coincides with the low season in Machu Picchu. It rains almost daily, anything from a light drizzle to heavy downpours. But although this time of year is rainier, the advantage is that Machu Picchu receives fewer visitors, with the exception of Christmas and New Year. Also, this is the time of year when the orchids bloom. The rainiest months are January and February.
Touristic High Season
The high season and time with most visitors to Machu Picchu is in May, June, July and August. These months fall in the height of the dry season in this region and are the sunniest months, and also correspond with summer in the northern hemisphere. From May to August, large crowds can make it difficult to move around the sectors of the historic sanctuary and long queues are common at the main entrance.
May to August is also a good time for those who want to arrive at Machu Picchu by the more exciting and adventurous route of the Inca Trail.
An ideal moment to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu is just before the high season in April or after the high season in September or October, before the rains begin. The climate is good at these times and there are generally fewer tourists.
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
If you have an adventurous heart and enjoy walking, you will love the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; it is an amazing route, you can choose between walking 4 days or 2 days. The best months to do this are from April to September. It is important to know that the Inca Trail is closed every February (without exception) for maintenance.
Keep in mind that Inca Trail entry permits are limited per day and bookings should be made some months in advance; if the spaces are already sold out for the dates you want, your travel consultant may suggest one of the alternative treks to Machu Picchu, including Salkantay and Lares.
When is the best moment to explore the mountains of Machu Picchu?
In the Inca city, visitors can trek incredible routes to the top of Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu mountain.
May, June, July and August are the best months to enjoy these walks. The probability of rain is low and from the top the views of the citadel of Machu Picchu and the mountains that surround it are spectacular.
February, however, is not a good moment to be trekking in Machu Picchu. This month has the greatest rainfall, the reason why entry to the Inca Trail is restricted. In the rainy season, the narrow and vertiginous trails of the mountains are even more dangerous.
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Machu Picchu Tours Itinerary
To start our experience, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco early in the morning, to transfer to the train station. Once you’ve boarded the train, begins our trip to Machu Picchu. This experience will give you the opportunity to see spectacular scenery to the Sacred Valley and admire the Inca farming terraces.
Once upon arrival to Machu Picchu, you will have guided tour during 3 hours approximate. Then you will have free time to explore by your own and take beautiful pictures.
These breathtaking pre-Columbian buildings nestled high in the Andes between two peaks. Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, is one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world.
After the tour, the bus will return you to Aguas Calientes where you will have lunch, before boarding your train back to Cusco.
If you book in advance and have more than one day to visit Machu Picchu, you will have the opportunity to climb to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain. If you consider this option you should take an overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Today, Machu Picchu tours are one of the most important archaeological tours in the world. The citadel is located in South America and the most visited tourist attraction in Peru.
- Long sleeve shirts.
- Long pants.
- Insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, binoculars, sunglasses.
- Medicine and / or articles for personal use.
- One backpack or light briefcase per person.
- Photographic camera or video camera.
- Bring original documents with which you made your reservation (ID, Passport)