INCA TRAIL IN JUNE
June is one of the best months to Hike the Inca Trail. Days are gloriously sunny, and you won’t have as much cloud and fog obstructing your view of some of the most glorious landscapes on Earth. Rains are scarce this month. However, the nighttime on the Inca trail in June is quite cold. When the sun sets, the temperature drops quickly and you need to be prepared with warm clothes.
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Things to Know
- During June on Inca Trail, at night, early morning or crossing the Dead woman pass is very cold.
- Animals come out to enjoy the sun at this time of year. So you have a better chance to see them.
- Inca Trail will be at full capacity each day.
- Falling water levels in the lagoons mean animal sightings on the bank of lagoons are increasing.
- Rain: On average, rain falls 2 days a month.
- Temperature: It ranges between -5 and 21.1-celsius degrees. (23 and 70 ° F)
- The skies will be blue and brilliant.
- The temperature will be higher.
- Rainfall will be less.
- This is the month when the moon is at its brightest during the night sky.
- Wild fauna such as deer come for water to the small lakes and you have a chance to see them.
- The Southern Milky Way appears in the night sky.
- A high chance of seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu from the sun gate.
- It can be freezing at night but quite warm soon after sunrise.
- Inca trail permits run out quicker.
- Brownish grasses in the landscape instead of greenish tones of landscapes.
- Long queues at Machu Picchu entry and the train stations.
- Many people around the strategic photo spots.
- Make sure you bring plenty of water and calorific snacks.
- Bring sunblock and chapstick for skin protection.
- Bring layers of clothes for the evenings and sleeping.
- For bird watchers, bring a long zoom camera or binoculars.
- Booking in advance is recommended for at least 8 months.
- Bring sunglasses for protection from harmful ultraviolet light rays.
Do you have a rough idea of when the permits for June sell out by?
Basically, it depends on Peru’s political situation. In 2019, these Inca Trail permits were completely booked six months ahead of time for June. Nevertheless, because of the strike that happened in January of 2023, the Inca Trail permits were sold out 1 month in advance this year.
A key activity in Cusco
As mentioned above, June holds the biggest party of Cusco known as the Inti Raymi; An ancient Incan festival carried out on June 24th at the Saqsayhuaman Inca site. At this festival, you take photos of yesterday and today, because here, the natives of Cusco try to resemble as close the true Inti Raymi that the Inca performed about 500 years ago, so the event is wrapped up with traditional music and feasting, with great joy and a lot of food and chicha drinks. Well, all in all, Cusco is a bit crowded at that time, but you can still do everything fine.