Discover the best time to visit Machu Picchu, taking into account the weather, the high tourist season and the closure of the Inca Trail every February, when the ruins remain open. We suggest other things to do in Machu Picchu, including climbing Huayna Picchu, taking a panoramic train trip and buying in a sustainable way in Cuzco, while our travel experts share their advice on how to choose a route and deal with altitude 😌
The Inca Trail closes every February (the rainiest month) for maintenance, but Machu Picchu still opens every day from 6 am to 5:30 pm One of the best times to visit Machu Picchu is April and May; The rainy season has passed, the mountains are emerald and there are not as many people as July-August. Local people often visit the Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi), at the end of June. From May to October they are generally clear and dry, although fresh at night. However, the Amazon is only 100 km away, so your rain gear should never be far away either. Below a more specific guide per month of the best moments to visit Machu Picchu 🙌
NeroJanuary: A good month to go. The rainy season has not yet begun and it is a relatively quiet time of the year, so it is the ideal time to get those perfect photos
🔸February: Peak rainy season. The official Inca Trail is closed throughout the month of February. However, the benefits of going during this month are that there are not many other people during this time.
ArMarch: When leaving the rainy season, the weather is a bit unpredictable. However, it is low season, which means you can get amazing photos and views, which is great! A good time to go all being
BrApril: With a little luck, April can work well if you are looking for a balance between not too many people and it doesn't rain too much. I took these photos of a rainy and foggy Machu Picchu in April; Things cleared up considerably later in the day.
🔸May: The rainy season should be over by May, but you can still wait for some rainy days. If it rains and it is cloudy in the morning, it could easily be bright and dry at noon. Crowds begin to increase in May, but herds have not yet become hordes. In general, May is a good month to go to Machu Picchu.
🔸June, July, August (mid-September): this is the high season. Daily precipitation decreases significantly and the days are drier and brighter. These months are excellent for taking photos, are good for trekking and are generally considered the best to visit Machu Picchu. As with popular sites around the world, the large number of tourists can detract from the overall experience. If that is not something that really bothers you, then the high season is the time to go. Prepare for colder nights than normal during these months.
PtiembreSeptember, October: like April and May, September and October are good months if you are looking for a balance between rain and people. The precipitation levels begin to increase and the daily hours of sun begin to decrease, but with a little luck you will find yourself standing in Machu Picchu on a bright day with not too many tourists.
🔸November: the rainy season starts in November, but it can still be a good month to visit Machu Picchu. Prepare for the rain and wait for some sun.
🔸December: not ideal, but usually better than January. Expect a lot of mud and rain.
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