Planning to visit Machu Picchu in March? March does still form part of the rainy season, but if you are looking to avoid crowds, then March and the rainy season is a good time for Machu Picchu. By saying rainy season in March, it doesn´t stand for long rainy hours; it usually is scattered showers. As the days go by, the weather gets better, and if you have sun during the day, it will get quite warm and sometimes even hot. So visiting Machu Picchu in March, you are likely to have some nice days and everything in the plant kingdom will still be green.

When is the best time of the day to visit Machu Picchu in March?

The best time visit to Machu Picchu in March is from 8 am to 1 pm. At this time of the day, the fogs move away and reveal Machu Picchu in its glory. If you go for 06:00 am, there is an 80% of chance to see Machu Picchu cloudy, and in the afternoon heavy rain comes.

machu picchu in march

 Things to know

  • March is actually the end of the rainy season.
  • The temperature at this time of the year is warm.
  • Most of the days the sky is cloudy, but there are also short periods of clear days.
  • If the sun comes out, it will get quite warm and sometimes even hot.
  • Machu Picchu in March should expect an average of 14 to 21 days of rain.
  • The temperature in Machu Picchu fluctuates between 25°C and 13°C (77°F – 55.4°F).


  • Machu Picchu is less crowded at this time of the year.
  • Easy to get on the trains and buses without waiting a long time.
  • Travel agencies lower their package prices as well as hotels do too.
  • Witness the incredible rainbow phenomenon.
  • See the various species of butterflies better than in other months.
  • Chance to get Machu Picchu entry fees, a day before or sometimes even upon arrival to Cusco.


  • The path that lead to the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are slippery and the chances of enjoying the fabulous views in the early Schedules (6 – 9 a.m.) are minimal.
  • In March there are aggressive mosquitoes that attack visitors.
  • Early morning hours tend to be foggy and misty, enabling Machu Picchu to be seen. The same if you go to the sun gate.
  • There is a remote possibility of bridge or road washouts if heavy rains extend all through March.


  • If you plan to Visit Mach Picchu in March, we recommend you the late March because there is less chance to get heavy rain.
  • Bring appropriate clothing, a raincoat or poncho, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves. Find gloves at markets, and these for sure are going to be the best.
  • During the rainy season, it is to be in Machu Picchu not earlier than 10 am because before then there are clouds, especially early morning and you can’t see a thing. You need some luck because this is the rainy season.
  • Bring your Mosquito spray or repellent.

Do you have a rough idea of when the Machu Picchu tickets for March sell out by?

The Machu Picchu tickets with Circuit 1 and 2 run out usually 1 month in advance for the last 2 weeks of March because the rain has started decreasing. The tickets with circuits 3 and 4 usually run out 2 weeks in advance. However, for the first 2 weeks of March, you are able to find the tickets even just a day before your visit because it is still raining and there are few people visiting Machu Picchu.

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