We can guarantee your Machu Picchu tickets or if you wish, we take care of the entire itinerary; However, only you can choose the best time to go to Machu Picchu. Why is it so important? The Inca city is 2,400 meters away, How is the climate in Machu Picchu?
What is the climate in Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is located in a subtropical area, nestled between the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains, protected by the snow-capped Salkantay to the south and Veronica to the north. all these climatic variations make the Machu Picchu sanctuary a wonderful place, with enormous biodiversity, which inhabits one of the richest ecosystems on the planet.
When should we go?
This is one of the best questions before going to Machu Picchu and, in fact, only you can choose when to go to Machu Picchu. We detail each of them below.
Regardless of the time of your visit, you must bring waterproof clothing as, regardless of the season, rain can fall at any time of the year.
The rainy season, season, or season (November to March)
The rainy season in Machu Picchu runs from November to March when the greatest amount of rain occurs during the year; this time the wettest month is February, so the Inca Trail closes this month.
It is possible that there will be one of those «days» when the rain falls relentlessly; however, the rains usually occur in intermittent gusts that can last from a few minutes to a few hours and generally occur in the afternoon. This abundance of rain dresses the Inca city in its deepest green, it is something spectacular in Machu Picchu. Although the rains fall in the afternoon, it can rain at any time of the day, so don’t be fooled.
What to bring
If you want to climb Huayna Picchu during this period, we recommend that you choose the second group (admission from 10:00 to 11:00). But why this group? During the rainy season, Machu Picchu is often covered with clouds and with poor visibility, which is not so good if you bring your best camera to get incredible views of Machu Picchu from this mountain; however, the clouds clear up during the morning.
Season, season, or dry season (April to October)
The dry season in Machu Picchu extends from May to October; The climate in this period is mostly dry, especially in June, July, and August. The days are hot, with an average temperature between 17 and 19 ° C. Nights are cooler during the dry season, and it’s not uncommon for temperatures to drop below freezing during the months of June and July. Many consider it the best time to go to Machu Picchu; however, this is also the time when Machu Picchu receives the largest number of visitors.
In this season the days are sunny and the flora appears in all its splendor, thanks to the abundance of insects. Note that this is also the coldest period, especially in June and July, when temperatures drop to -2 ° C.
The month of September gives you the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu in spring, especially in this season, the weather is magnificent, the landscapes are greener, there are fewer people and everything is cheaper; In addition, time will allow you to take as many photos as you want in Machu Picchu. This is one of the best times to climb some of the Machu Picchu mountains.
If you plan to reach Machu Picchu via the Inca
Trail or another long hike, be aware that temperatures in the mountains can drop as low as -5 ° C or more.
It is one of the best questions before going to Machu Picchu, and in truth only you can choose when to go to Machu Picchu. The climate in Machu Picchu and Cusco is clearly marked by 2 seasons; the rainy season and the dry season. Below we detail each of them.
Regardless of which time you come, you must bring waterproof clothing, because, regardless of the season, the rains may fall at any time of the year.
The rainy season in Machu Picchu goes from November to March, during this time the highest amount of rain of the year occurs; of this time, the month that receives the most rain in February, which is why the Inca Trail closes during this month. But in spite of the continuous rains, the days are warmer, with temperatures that oscillate between 19 and 21 ºC, and the nights are not as cold as in the dry season. However, visiting Machu Picchu during the rainy season has its advantages and the worst that can happen during this time is getting wet.
It is possible that there is one of «those days» in which the rain falls without stopping; however, rains usually occur in intermittent bursts that can last from a few minutes to a couple of hours and are usually in the afternoon. This abundance of rain dresses t
The Inca city of its most intense green is something spectacular in Machu Picchu. Although the rains fall in the afternoon, there may be rainfall at any time of the day, do not trust.
If you are coming during this time do not forget to pack waterproof clothing, an umbrella, and shoes that allow you to walk safely on wet and slippery surfaces.
In case you want to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain during this time, we recommend you choose the second group (entrance from 10:00 to 11:00). But why this group? During the rainy season, Machu Picchu is usually covered with clouds and with little visibility, and this is not very good if you pack your best camera to take the amazing views of Machu Picchu from this mountain; nevertheless, the clouds dissipate over the course of the morning.
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