Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible wonders that humanity has to date. It is the largest and most impressive Inca Sanctuary ever discovered. As you probably know, it is located in the country of Peru. The ascent to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu is approximately 4 hours by train from the city of Cusco (the largest city near the sanctuary).Considered by many the most imposing pre-Columbian wonder of America, it was recognized as a national patrimony of UNESCO in 1983. Surely you know all of this and you are thinking about making a visit to the impressive Machu Picchu and now comes the doubt … When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Plan when to go to Machu Picchu?:
You should take into account the rainy season and the availability of the attractions you want to visit to choose the best time to visit Machu Picchu. The rainy season in the area is from November to March. During this season the rains can reach a maximum of 98 mm in February. Located at 2430 meters, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is open 365 days a year, each with a unique landscape to offer visitors. The routes of the Inca Trail, either the Classic Inca Trail of 4 days or the Inca Short Trail of 2 days, close each year in the month of February for maintenance. The Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains only close in April for 15 days each.
So the best time is based on finding a balance between good weather and number of people. If you want to guarantee good weather, the season between July and September is the best. Remember, like you, many other tourists have made the same decision. On the contrary, if you want to avoid the discomforts due to the congestion of people, a good date to visit Machu Picchu is between November and April. During those months there are not so many visitors and the weather is still pleasant but take in mind that is the rainy season.
The best time to go to Machu Picchu
The most appropriate months to go to Machu Picchu on a tour are from April to October. The rains are scarce and you can contemplate the dawn in the ruins without any problem. The landscapes of the subtropical zones and the humid forests in the route of the Inca Trail do not change during the dry season. The city of Cusco also has no rain and you can appreciate the surrounding ruins in the City Tour for Cusco in all its splendor. During June, you can add to your tour a representation of the most important sacred festival of the Inca Empire, the Inti Raymi ceremony or Sun Feast on June 24. Also this months are very recommended time, avoiding the rainy season, for having a warm temperature for the day (over 20 degrees) and cool at night (over 10 degrees as temperature minimum).
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If you are a lover of photography and you are looking to take the best photos of the sanctuary, we recommend you travel between the months of May and June as the vegetation still has a spectacular green color from the rainy season. While if you visit Machu Picchu in the dry season from July you will surely find that the landscape has a more yellowish and less spectacular color.
Below I will detail how the weather conditions and the offer of services in Machu Picchu are developed according to the month.
January, February and March
They are the rainiest months in Machu Picchu and in general in the region of Cusco, during most of the days the sky is cloudy, but there are also short periods of clear days, the temperature is relatively pleasant with an average of 14 ° C. Although the rains can be an inconvenience when visiting Machu Picchu, they make Machu Picchu look spectacular green and with colorful flora in all its surroundings, besides the clouds and rain make Machu Picchu become a fable scenario, almost surreal. One of the main advantages of visiting Machu Picchu in these months is that you will be able to find the vast majority of services at reduced prices, and with many offers in luxury services. So with a moderate budget you can greatly enjoy your stay in Machu Picchu, and if you are the traveler who wants to save the most, this is the time you should visit the Inca city.
April and May
April is one of the most propitious months to visit Machu Picchu, the rains are minimal and the days become sunnier and more pleasant. Although the high season of tourism already begins this month, it is still possible to find offers in the services. In the month of May the days are already completely clear, except for some occasional rain that usually occurs, the dry season is already felt, with sunny days and cold nights. During this month there is a large number of visitors to the Inca city of Machu Picchu and tourist services rise in price. In May it is already possible to see and enjoy many of the activities of the jubilee feast of Cusco.
Undoubtedly June is the month that has more tourist activity, and Machu Picchu is full of tourists from all over the world. The weather this month is sunny during the day and very cold at night, especially at dawn. The services are saturated so it is advisable to book them before arriving at Machu Picchu. All this is reinforced by the activities that take place in the city of Cusco, since in June its festivities are celebrated and there are many shows like the Inti Raymi ceremony.
July and August
During these months the winter of the mountains is accentuated, the days are similar to those of June, are months in which Machu Picchu receives a high traffic of visitors, and tourist services are very required. The clear days in these dates allow to see Machu Picchu with splendor, you can take magnificent and clean photographs and except for a sporadic shower, are days when visiting Machu Picchu becomes very pleasant and in company of the imposing Inti (Sun). Between May and August the demand for the Machu Picchu Ticket is very high, so if you want to visit Machu Picchu on these dates you must book your admission in advance. If you want to climb the mountain Machu Picchu must book your ticket with more than two months in advance
September and October
During these months the change of season is made, the cold of winter decreases and the temperature becomes warmer with a very pleasant climate. The high season of tourism begins to fall, as well as the costs of various services. For the experience of many visitors and travelers, these are the best months to visit Machu Picchu, the first rains make the Inca shrine begin to turn green and the sun shines on most days. They are auspicious days to enjoy all the beauty of the Inca wonder.
November and December
Machu Picchu takes bright green colors in the rainy months During these months the rain is already felt with greater intensity in Machu Picchu, but it is still possible to enjoy sunny and warm days, tourist services begin to have more offers, so there are months in which you can visit Machu Picchu and travel it without it being saturated with visitors. Besides, spending the holidays at Machu Picchu is a great experience.
If you have already seen this blog, you will realize that my goal is to provide inspiring advice to help you prepare for an incredible experience in one of the most incredible destinations in the world. If you already decided, but still do not know when is the best time to go to Machu Picchu you have to read this summary :