Best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu

The best time of year to visit Machu Picchu is with no doubt the dry season, running from mid-April to late October. You will have clear skies, great views, and there are almost no rains allowing you to make a pleasant tour of the Inca City  However certain months are better than others. We recommend shoulder-seasons.

When is the worst time to visit Macchu picchu?

The worst time to visit Machu Picchu is January, being specific late January. This time of year the rain is intense. So landslides block the train track from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and the roads from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. For instance, back on January 26th, 2010 Hundreds of stranded tourists have been evacuated from Machu Picchu Pueblo after flooding and mudslide.

Machu Picchu during Shoulder season

There are two shoulder seasons in Machu Picchu: Autumn (Mid April to May) and Spring (September to Early November). Those are the transition months between the wet and dry seasons, or vice-versa. The climate is pleasant; the nights are not too cold, during the day is not too sunny, not too rainy. Also, Machu Picchu gets fewer tourist than the high season(June to August). So shoulder season is considered the best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu during Dry season

The dry season begins in May and ends October. Days are clear offering amazing views and often spectacularly sunny, with chilly or downright cold nights. These are considered to be the best times to visit Machu Picchu in terms of weather, and correspondingly are the busiest months (high season). But it might still rains at any time of year because Machu Picchu is located on the edge of the rainforest.

Machu Picchu during Rainson season 

The rainy season in Machu Picchu runs from December to Early April. You should expect very heavy showers at any time of the day or night. Machu Picchu may be shrouded in the clouds, Sometimes the clouds cover the ancient citadel longer than expected and only vanish only for a few seconds. The wettest month is February, in which the famous Inca trail closes for maintenance as well. During the wet season the amount of people in Machu Picchu decrease. In those months you can get lower prices in acommodations, tours and other services.

Machu picchu month by month
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