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Best time to go Machu Picchu


Best time to go Machu Picchu

Weather in the Andes is generally hard to predict because its mountainous geography spans tall peaks, low valleys, and highland plateaus. This creates many altitudinal zones, each with a different climate and temperature characteristics.

In particular, Machu Picchu straddles two zones, the Yunga and the wet Puna* (see 8 regions below).

The best time to visit the Inca citadel is during the dry season from April to October. For warmer temperatures with light to heavy rains, visit from November to March.

We recommend traveling in the follow months: April, May, September and October. These are months outside the peak season (June, July, August) when the weather is still mostly dry. If you can only travel during the high season, be sure to plan and book your tour well in advance.

Average temperatures by month in Machu Picchu:

Weather Machu Picchu (Average)

Jan

Feb

Mar

April

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Max Temperature °C 26 28 27 25 21 20 19 20 21 22 24 26

Max Temperature °F

79

82

81

77

70

68

66

68

70

72

75

79

Min Temperature °C 17 18 16 15 13 11 10 12 12 12 13 16

Min Temperature °F

63

64

61

59

55

52

50

54

54

54

55

61

# Rainy Days

21

17

11

8

3

2

2

2

7

8

12

18

*The Peruvian geographer Javier Pulgar Vidal proposed dividing Peru’s regions into 8 altitudinal zones based on elevation, climate, and plant and animal life. The 8 zones are as follows:

  • Chala (Coast)
  • Yunga
  • Quechua
  • Suni
  • Puna
  • Janca o Cordillera
  • Rupa Rupa or high forest
  • Omagua or low forest

Once you determine an ideal time to visit us, see our Peru Machu Picchu for more information on climate. Peru is a country with great cultural diversity and singular weather, while Machu Picchu is a breathtaking Sanctuary with over 500 years old and still intact on his majority.

Also check the Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu for seasonal information to help you plan your trip. June and August is the busiest time of the year, but you’ll also enjoy great weather and picture perfect views of Machu Picchu.

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