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Machu Picchu Weather Month by Month

March 20, 2024
Machu Picchu Weather Month by Month - 69explorer

Machu Picchu Month by Month

A visit to Peru would not be complete without Machu Picchu, but is there a bad time to visit this ancient Inca citadel. Sometimes there are more crowds, sometimes the weather is drier and other times it rains. Depending on when you have vacation time or when you are free, go to Peru and Machu Picchu, it is something that you will not regret.

For those of you who know nothing about the Machu Picchu, it was discovered in 1911 by an American named Hiram Bingham, discovered is not really what happened, locals knew of the site for many years, but with the help of a local man, Bingham entered Machu Picchu in 1911. It is said that Bingham was looking for another site that to this day has never been found. Over the next few years, he excavated the site and discovered a mostly intact Inca City. The site had been deserted by the Inca hundreds of years before, the real reason we are yet to know, but many theories abound.  Today thousands of tourists visit the site every day to feel the Inca energy that still exists and wonder at the ingenuity of the Inca people.

Many people ask what is the best time to visit the site so here we will give you a month-by-month breakdown on what to expect so that you can make an informed decision on when the visit Peru.

Machu Picchu in January

Machu Picchu in January will be at the height of the rainy season, Machu Picchu is likely to experience significant amounts of rainfall during this month. Since the citadel is perched atop a mountain peak in the Andes mountains, it is often shrouded by clouds. Therefore, although it’s possible to get clear skies, those traveling to Machu Picchu during this time should experience different types of weather and expect rain.

Machu Picchu in February

 Machu Picchu in February will be a totally different experience from any other month as there is no Inca Trail, your visit, will be quiet and yes, it is rainy season and you may get wet but so what, take your wet weather gear and you will be set. The upside to going to Machu Picchu in February is that tour and hotel prices are much lower than average during these months, which makes this destination more accessible to all travelers. Being low season, those who do choose to visit Machu Picchu during these months will not have annoying crowds.

Machu Picchu in March

The rainy season starts to slow down in March, However, clear skies are still very not a guarantee, so those traveling during this time still have to deal with the cloud cover at Machu Picchu. But having fewer people at the site is very pleasurable. Fortunately, Machu Picchu tour and hotel prices are still lowerthan average at this time.

Machu Picchu in April

In April, the crowds are starting to return because of the generally improving odds of getting clear views of Machu Picchu. While more people are making the journey to the citadel you will still have plenty of time and space to make the most of your experience. Considered to be one of the best times to visit Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu in May

Weather forecasts in Machu Picchu really pick up in May and the chances of good visibility and even clear skies during your visit are quite high. Early in the morning is the best time to visit as there are less crowds and the weather should be fine, but it will be chilly. In May you can expect the experience to be memorable.

Machu Picchu in June

In June expect larger crowds, you’ll find yourself so in awe by Machu Picchu that they have little impact on the enjoyment of your experience. On June 24th of each yeartraditional Inca celebrations ensue across Perufor theFestival of the Sun. There’s nowhere better to see traditional Inca dance, costume, and rituals than on Machu Pichu, the Incas’ most sacred site. The weather will be warm during the day and cold in the morning and at night.

Machu Picchu in July

July is one of driest months of the season and the chances of getting clear skies and perfect visibility are quite high. Also, you will be experiencing peak prices during July, it is the ideal time of year to visit for those who would rather prioritize the quality of views over the price. Everything from tours to accommodation is at its highest price at this time of year.

Machu Picchu in August

August has some of the best weather and with better weather comes bigger crowds so you can expect to wait a minute to get a picture or two at the best viewpoints. Even so, it is a beautiful time to visit. Those planning to visit Machu Picchu at sunrise are in for a chilly start in August and it gets colder at night at this time of year. Expect lines to enter Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu in September

September is considered one of the best months to visit Machu Picchu, the crowds are fewer than in June, July and August but the weather is still sunny and warm in the middle of the day. You will get all the good photo from the best vantage points and spend time exploring Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu in October

The dry season begins to come to a close in October and the chances of rain slowly increase once again. That being said, you can expect plenty of sunny days because rainfall is still relatively low. October is also considered one of the best times to visit Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu in November

In November the rainy season makes a comeback to Machu Picchu. Those that plan to go during November should do so with expectations that they might experience rain and cloud during their visit. While this might mean your pictures won’t be perfect, it doesn’t mean your experience won’t be either. Once again as it is rainy season there will be fewer crowds and less waiting for the best sites.

Machu Picchu in December

December is again the height of the rainy season and you can expect rain. So, you will need to take your wet weather gear with you. As Machu Picchu is on top of a mountain there will also cloud cover. Your pictures may be in some parts of Machu Picchu covered in cloud. But on the flip side you can take all the photos you wish without the crowds. Your tour will also be more peaceful with time to ask your guide all sorts of questions.

How to get to Machu Picchu­?

Train: This the preferred method of most tourists who travel to Machu Picchu, there are 2 different companies that operate between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru Rail and Inca Rail, both have different classes that you can buy. Tourist, First Class and Luxury.

Walking: The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can be done in either 4 or 2 days depending on your time. The 4 day is a challenging adventure through high mountain passes with spectacular scenery, both ending through the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu.

By Car: This is the least favorite method and sometimes is preferred by backpackers. You take a car to the Hydroelectric station below Machu Picchu and then walk to Machu Picchu, this can take up to 6 hours. This is not preferrable in the wet season as there have been serious landslides in this area.

What tickets do you need to go to Machu Picchu­?

Here you have 2 options

No 1. Buy a complete package where all you have to worry about is setting your alarm the morning you depart, everything else is taken care of.

No 2. Buy your own, where you will need, Train tickets to and from Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu, bus tickets to and from the gates of Machu Picchu, Entrance tickets into the site (do not forget that you can’t enter Machu Picchu without a guide, you can get one at the gate and will have to negotiate the price), (also you will need to pick the circuit that you want to do at Machu Picchu, there are 4 in total).

Things to take with you on a Day Trip to Machu Picchu

What to wear­?

Depending on what time of year you travel to Machu Picchu, you will need to dress in layers. Normally you will start early and require warm clothes, a good jacket to keep you warm. Later in the day it will get warm and you will need to have light clothes. So, dress like an onion and you will be the most comfortable. It is important to wear comfortable non slip shoes to walk around Machu Picchu especially in the rainy season when the stone steps can get slippery.

Whatever time you visit Machu Picchu you will not be disappointed by the magnificence and grandeur of this ancient Inca site. Marvel at the history and the theories of to what the citadel was used for and to why the Inca abandoned the site so quickly after building. Was it due the short supply of water, was it something else, what we do appreciate is that the Spanish never found the city and is one of the reasons why it still stands today.