When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu? 

Is knowing Machu Picchu among your plans? Know that the Inca Citadel is impressive in any month of the year and that any time is the ideal to know it. However, it is advisable to consider what the weather is like in certain months. And what is the season with more or less influx of tourists in the Wonder of the World. So, you can plan better when to go to the Inca llaqta.

How is the weather in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is located on the eastern margin of the Andes Mountain Range at 2,430 meters above sea level (m.s.n.m.) in Cusco-Peru. Its climate is cool and warm, with the presence of sunny and rainy days typical of the sub-tropical zone. The average annual temperature is 18 ° C. However, it varies depending on the two seasons: The dry season (from April to October) has sunnier days (up to 27 ° C) and cooler nights (up to 8 ° C). The rainy season (from November to March) has a higher rate of precipitation, especially during the afternoons. During the day, the maximum temperature can be around 26 ° C. At night, the minimum temperature reaches 10 ° C. When is the best time to visit the Inca Citadel? Learn a little more about the two eras that the Wonder of the World presents.

Dry season

The dry season is considered one of the best times to visit Machu Picchu. This takes place from April to October but the characteristic climate of this season occurs in the months of May, June, July, and August. As the name implies, the climate is dry, with sunny days, a blue sky and a greater abundance of mosquitoes. The rains occur much less frequently, so the roads of the Inca Citadel are not slippery. It is the suitable period to make the hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. It is also ideal to take the best pictures of the Inca site. However, those months coincide with the peak tourist season.

Machu Picchu dry season
Machu Picchu dry season.

Rainy season

Many tourists recommend visiting Machu Picchu during this time of year. It happens between November to March. It is characterized by a higher incidence of precipitation that, although they do not occur throughout the day, can occur at any time. February especially has the highest amount of rainfall. It is in that month when the Inca Trail closes. However, the Inca Citadel remains open. The roads to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are slippery so it is recommended to walk them with hiking shoes. The rainy season coincides with the low season of tourism so the visitor can have the Wonder of the World “for him alone”. There are fewer mosquitoes and cheaper hotel offers and tour packages.

Machu Picchu rainy season
Machu Picchu rainy season.

When to go to Machu Picchu?

Dry or rainy season? The best time to go to Machu Picchu depends on the tourist. The dry season presents a sunnier climate and a great influx of tourism. The rainy season, pleasant days with a chance of precipitation and a smaller number of tourists visiting the Inca llaqta. Some visitors consider the months of May and September as the best to go. This is because neither of the two stations presents its characteristics in its entirety: it is not totally rainy or totally sunny. Another aspect to keep in mind when choosing when to go to the Wonder of the World is the high season or low season of tourism. Know the difference between your love.

High season of tourism

The high season of tourism coincides with the dry season (from April to October). As its name implies, it presents a greater number of visitors in Machu Picchu. June, July and August coincide with holidays in the United States and Europe, which is why they are the months with the highest tourism index. This causes the greatest demand for tickets of all kinds: from the entrance to the Inca Citadel to train tickets and hotel reservations. It is advisable to make reservations to the Inca Trail and the Huayna Picchu mountain months in advance. In addition, the tour of the Wonder of the World takes place with a greater influx of tourists. For many, it is the best time to know the Inca site.

Low season of tourism

The low season of tourism as its name implies indicates a lower number of tourists visiting Machu Picchu. It coincides with the rainy season (November to March). The decrease in the number of visitors to the Wonder of the World drops mainly due to the fact that it does not coincide with vacations in the United States and Europe. However, there are many people who recommend knowing the Inca Citadel at that time of year. It is characterized by less traffic of people traveling the Inca llaqta. Also for the best economic offers of all tourist services. Although the possibility of rain increases, a poncho for rain is enough to enjoy the trip.


Generally, Machu Picchu does not close any day of the year so any time is ideal to know the Wonder of the World. When to go? The options are: the dry season, the rainy season, the high tourist season or the low season. All present positive aspects to the trip. Here are some recommendations to take into account for the option that you like:

  • The first step to know the Inca Citadel is to book tickets in advance. If you plan your visit during the peak tourist season, you should do so months in advance. Especially if you want to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • In February, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance. If you wish to enter Machu Picchu through this 4-day route, you must make your advance reservation. Especially if you want to do it during the high season.
  • If you want a quieter trip with fewer people visiting the Inca llaqta, the low season of tourism is the ideal time.
  • In general, during the rainy season, there is a pleasant sun. However, it is advisable to bring a poncho for the rains in case of precipitation.
  • During the dry season, it is advisable to bring sunscreen, a hat or hat and a mosquito repellent.

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Machu Picchu does not express its true beauty in photographs. You have to feel its energy, its mountains and its incredible geography. The experience of your life is as easy as making an online reservation. Know the Wonder of the World!

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