Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu – Peru


Do you want an extra “wow” factor? Then don’t miss the chance to see the most visited UNESCO world Heritage sites in the world. It is called Machu Picchu, which means “Old Mountain” or “old peak.” For the adventure lovers, archaeologists, and the explorers, this is a mysterious place with 2500 visitors per day. So wait for the best time to visit Machu Picchu.

If you are planning a trip to Peru, then this place should be part of your bucket list. But, what should be the best time to visit “Machu Picchu”. Let’s solve this puzzle for you!

What’s the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

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The South America is known for its rainforests and weather which is steamy humid. Peru has diverse geographic locations with beaches, desert, and mountains. Each site has its climate, flora, and the weather condition. Because of this diversity, it ‘s hard to determine the weather condition in the Peru. So, for the travelers, it is advised to check weather condition in each of your destination. In contrast to the Machu Picchu’s its altitude is 2445 meters (8000 feet) above the sea level, means the weather is more humid and most of the mornings are wrapped in mist.  The peaks are surrounded by the lush green grass adding more mystery to this heritage and making it one of the iconic ruins in the world.

This cultural heritage is open seven days in a week, 365 days of a year, and including the holidays. Go, relish yourself with your friends and family at best place in the world. You can reach to the Machu Picchu via Aguas Calientes, all year around. From the Aguas Calientes, it will take one hour and thirty minutes to reach and less time while coming down.

Will the warm weather be suitable enough?

Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu   Peru Will the warm weather be suitable enough

In Machu Picchu, the warm weather starts from November and ends in the month of March. Warm weather does not mean it will stay the dry whole day, but these also correspond to the rainy season. So, be sure if you are planning your visit during this period because you have to face the sun as well as the rainy conditions.

Busiest time in Machu Picchu

Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu   Peru shuttle buses at machu picchu

The busiest time is from June to August. This is the peak season, where you will see the large crowds and long lines making it hard to move around some parts of the Sanctuary and ruins entrance as well. From June to August is also considered the best time to visit Machu Picchu for those travelers who want to pick the hardest path to reach the Machu Picchu, it is the Inca Trail hike.

What’s the best time to trek?

Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu   Peru Curvy road from Aguas Calienter to Machu Picchu

In the rainy season, the trail and the ladders become more slippery and more challenging for the traverse. The region has a sub-tropical feel with average daily temperatures of 18C (64F). You also need to study the humidity level of this region before planning a trip because in the dry season the humidity is 40-50% and rising to 60-65% in the wet season. If you are an early morning person, then it is the best time to travel with the cool temperature and the bright sunlight.

Let’s summarize our findings:

Late October to April (Exclude February)

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It’s winter in another part of the world, again this definition is different here in Peru. There are considered as summer months with clear skies in the morning. In the afternoon, you might experience a possible rain, and the weather will be clear again. It will not be a rainy season, and other best thing is the fewer crowds. Heading towards Machu Picchu at this time of the year is ideal in terms of weather with trails and forests largely uncrowded.

But one thing to remember, don’t visit in the month of February because the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.

Do you want to avoid crowd?

The answer is yes, the best time to visit Machu Picchu in the month of November, March, and April.  So, don’t waste your time and slap on your best pair of hiking boots and enjoy a truly wild adventure. The misty mountains crowded with the blue skies; it’s time to discover the Amazon with colorful life. Plan your trip today and enjoy your trip of a lifetime!

Temperature Guide:

Here is a table which will give you an idea about the weather and the rain in the Machu Picchu Peru:

Temperature Jan Feb Mar April May June Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Temp C 26 28 27 25 21 20 19 20 21 22 24 26
Min Temp C 17 18 16 15 13 11 10 12 12 12 13 16
Rainy Days 21 17 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 18


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