When is the best time to hike and climb Machu Picchu? Many people wonder about this question. Our 20+ years of expertise has these answers for you.
I think that we all agree that visiting Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world is a once in a lifetime experience. Everyone wishes to have the perfect weather as well as the best conditions for such thing to happen. Planning in advance and being up to date with information regarding Peru and Cusco is the best way to ensure that one's experience is unforgettable. Based on our expertise, these are the following steps to determine when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu.
First. Our honest opinion.
March, April, September, and October are the best times of the year to go to Machu Picchu. We considered the fact that during these months, there are fewer crowds than in June, July, and August, while the weather is good for the most part.
The tradeoff is that during the summer, June to August, People from Cusco region celebrate their most beautiful traditional festivities, definitely something worth seeing.
Please take into account the following information to help you make the best decision.
Consider the Weather.
- The best weather for visiting Machu Picchu occurs during the dry season, which is from May to October. Usually, the skies are clear, which allows for the best views of the impressive landscape around.
- When in Peru, make sure you check the monthly weather information of Cusco and Machu Picchu before you book a trip. The best place to start doing that is here
- Going there during the rainy season might not be a good idea. Heavy rainfall occurs in the Eastern Andes during the months of December to February. The chances of rain while on the Inca Trail or Machu Picchu are quite high, between 65% and 80% rain during those three months. Torrential rains also bring thick clouds that block the views. Trails, bridges, and ladders become muddy and slippery. Things become a bit dangerous, especially when one plans to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountains.
- The Inca trail is closed during the month of February.
- Temperatures differ throughout the day. Cold in the mornings and evenings, ranging between 9C/50F and 12C/55F and much warmer from noon until Sunset, ranging from 15C/60F to 28C/82F.
Consider the crowds.
- Most travelers coming from the northern hemisphere countries such as the USA, Canada and most countries in Europe choose to travel to Peru during the summer. Machu Picchu is their favorite destination.
- Many people who visit Peru end up visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu in the dry season (May to August). During these months things get a little more busy than usual. Some attractions might get overcrowded. However, the dry weather and beautiful views make up for the large crowds.
- Be prepared for large crowds if you choose to go to Machu Picchu during the Peruvian holidays. July 27-28 (Peru's independence day), December 27th to 30th, June 22-23, Eastern Holidays are not good dates to go there.
- Sundays are really busy. Local people from Cusco are allowed free entrance to Machu Picchu. Local crowds flood the Incan city and make the experience a little more intense.
- Peru has become a politicly stable nation for the most part. However , Our advise is that you stay current with the news of Peru before you book your trip.
- Protests and significant manifestations might occur at any stage of the process of your journey to Peru. Unexpected political inestability might change the way things run and disturb your plans.
- Being in touch with the political situation is a good way to determine whether going to Peru or not is a good idea. Consider the crowds.