Machu Picchu is open to visitors all year round, so you can schedule your dream trip to the Inca wonder at any time of the year. But factors such as weather and prices of services can determine the month in which you want to visit Machu Picchu. Now we will talk about the best time to visit Machu Picchu, the jewel of the Incas.
What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
To know "when to go to Machu Picchu", you must first know about the weather in Machu Picchu; the location of Machu Picchu in the middle of the Amazon jungle and the Andes mountain range, makes this area enjoy a very particular climate. In Machu Picchu there are 2 very marked weather stations, each of them has its pros and cons, so only you can decide what is the ideal time to come to Machu Picchu.
THE DRY STATION IN MACHU PICCHU
It occurs between April and October and for many, although not for all, it is the best time to visit Machu Picchu; The sun shines all day and there is almost no rain, allowing you to perform, without much care, the treks to the mountains of Machu Picchu, to get the best aerial views of the Inca city with the blue sky in the background. However, you will have to take turns in the places, with many other people who chose this time to visit Machu Picchu; and in case you did not know, during the dry season, there is also the "high season of tourism", so you will have a lot of company. This season makes entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets and hotels, must be booked at least 3 months in advance. If you want experiences like the Inca Trail or the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will have to book 6 months before.
THE RAINFALL STATION IN MACHU PICCHU
It occurs between November and March, and unlike what many people think, it does not rain throughout the day; What's more, the rains during this season are in the afternoon, in most cases. The Inca city of Machu Picchu can be covered with mist during this time; however, it will disappear with the passing of the morning, giving you the opportunity to see, from the mountains of Machu Picchu, how the fog dissipates over the city. As if an artist revealed his masterpiece before his eyes. Also, if you do not mind getting a little wet, you can get lower prices, discounts at hotels and many other advantages of coming to Machu Picchu in rainy weather
Below I will detail how the weather conditions and the offer of services in Machu Picchu are developed according to the month.
January, February and March
They are the rainiest months in Machu Picchu and in general in the region of Cusco, during most of the days the sky is cloudy, but there are also short periods of clear days, the temperature is relatively pleasant with an average of 14 ° C. Although the rains can be an inconvenience when visiting Machu Picchu, they make Machu Picchu look spectacular green and with colorful flora in all its surroundings, besides the clouds and rain make Machu Picchu become a fable scenario, almost surreal.
One of the main advantages of visiting Machu Picchu in these months is that you will be able to find the vast majority of services at reduced prices, and with many offers in luxury services. So with a moderate budget you can greatly enjoy your stay in Machu Picchu, and if you are the traveler who wants to save the most, this is the time you should visit the Inca city.
April and May
April is one of the most propitious months to visit Machu Picchu, the rains are minimal and the days become sunnier and more pleasant. Although the high season of tourism already begins this month, it is still possible to find offers in the services.
In the month of May the days are already completely clear, except for some occasional rain that usually occurs, the dry season is already felt, with sunny days and cold nights. During this month there is a large number of visitors to the Inca city of Machu Picchu and tourist services rise in price. In May it is already possible to see and enjoy many of the activities of the jubilee feast of Cusco.
Undoubtedly June is the month that has more tourist activity, and Machu Picchu is full of tourists from all over the world. The weather this month is sunny during the day and very cold at night, especially at dawn. The services are saturated so it is advisable to book them before arriving at Machu Picchu. All this is reinforced by the activities that take place in the city of Cusco, since in June its festivities are celebrated and there are many shows like the Inti Raymi ceremony.
July and August
During these months the winter of the mountains is accentuated, the days are similar to those of June, are months in which Machu Picchu receives a high traffic of visitors, and tourist services are very required. The clear days in these dates allow to see Machu Picchu with splendor, you can take magnificent and clean photographs and except for a sporadic shower, are days when visiting Machu Picchu becomes very pleasant and in company of the imposing Inti (Sun).
Between May and August the demand for the Machu Picchu Ticket is very high, so if you want to visit Machu Picchu on these dates you must book your admission in advance. If you want to climb the mountain Machu Picchu must book your ticket with more than two months in advance
September and October
During these months the change of season is made, the cold of winter decreases and the temperature becomes warmer with a very pleasant climate. The high season of tourism begins to fall, as well as the costs of various services. For the experience of many visitors and travelers, these are the best months to visit Machu Picchu, the first rains make the Inca shrine begin to turn green and the sun shines on most days. They are auspicious days to enjoy all the beauty of the Inca wonder.
November and December
During these months the rain is already felt with greater intensity in Machu Picchu, but it is still possible to enjoy sunny and warm days, tourist services begin to have more offers, so there are months in which you can visit Machu Picchu and travel it without it being saturated with visitors. Besides, spending the holidays at Machu Picchu is a great experience.
No matter the month in which you visit Machu Picchu, the first thing to do is book your Machu Picchu Ticket, and depending on the season you should also book your train ticket in advance.