Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu
The best time 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 is open every day of the year, including public holidays.
The highest temperatures don’t correspond with the 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.
The high season and time with most visitors to Machu Picchu are 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.
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 for 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 trek and Lares trek.
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.
Enjoy the Machu Picchu tours arranged by Perú Agency, we guaranty your best experience.
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, begin 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 at Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for 3 hours approximately. 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.
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Visit Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham train
Discover Peru on a luxury trip for 5 wonderful days … Travel through the Peruvian Andes on the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, a magical tour, an unforgettable experience, let yourself be delighted by the delicious Peruvian gastronomy while you travel and live music shows until you reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, and enjoy this wonder as the guide tells you the magnificent story of this architectural wonder.
Visit Machu Picchu, Cusco and Rainbow Mountain in Cusco
We will visit Cusco. After travelling through valleys and mountains by tourist train, we arrive at Machu Picchu. Finally, we visit the Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca), remarkable for its many colours. Immerse yourself in its energy and mysticism; culture and so much more.
Visit Paracas Huacachina desert Cusco and Machu Picchu.
We begin with a tour of the city of Lima, full of colonial richness and named as the gastronomic capital of Latin America. We continue travelling towards the south of Peru, to Paracas-Ica, where we will enjoy its marine ecosystem and Huacachina desert landscape. To complete our tour, we visit the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu leave one imbued with its mysticism, culture and tradition.
Enjoy the hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most interesting adventure programs in the world, because of its great variety of landscapes and ecological biodiversity and also for the impressive Inca monuments visited during the trek. The route runs through an impressive variety of altitudes, where the climate and ecosystems range from the high Andean plain to the cloud forest. The forests abound in hundreds of species of orchids, brightly coloured birds and dream-like landscapes which are the ideal complement to this amazing hikers’ route.
Peru Agency is proud to offer you a unique style trek through this spectacular landscape, decorated with imposing mountains, rivers and great wildlife. Add some fascinating Inca buildings to these natural wonders and you have a unique chance to appreciate architectural art in perfect harmony with the natural environment.