Is the weather going to be a problem in Machu Picchu in September? September is still officially in the dry season, but there might be some brief showers as the rainy season is coming by. It will get fairly warm during the day, but you will feel cold at night. It can´t be a serious issue, though. Machu Picchu in September sees fewer visitors in comparison to June, July, and August, which means September falls to be a shoulder season after student hordes and travelers from the north have gone back to school. There is no particular risk in visiting Machu Picchu in September, and it is a great time to venture into one of the hiking adventures that end in Machu Picchu. 

Check out our Machu Picchu 1 Day trip and Machu Pichu 2-day trip. We are a local company based in Cusco City. 

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

The best time to visit Machu Picchu in September is around 06:00 am in the morning. At this time of the day, the solar heating warms the surface and destroys the clouds, all that rising fogs vanish and reveal Machu Picchu early. 

machu picchu in september

Things to know

  • September is a good month for birders around the Machu Picchu area. In the Andes, it is mating season for many birds, one of them is the most charismatic and colorful bird, the Andean cock-of-the-rock.
  • September is the start of the wet season and the end of the dry season; cold days and nights decrease, and the temperature becomes warmer with an enjoyable climate. The first rains of September may surprise you at any time so be ready with your rain clothes.
  • The price of some services starts decreasing.
  • Machu Picchu experiences a decline in visitation
  • Daylight hours become longer in September.
  • The temperature in Machu Picchu fluctuates between 11°C and 26°C (51.8°F – 78.8°F).


  • You will visit Machu Picchu without the crowd like in May, June, July, and August.
  • You will still have sunny days to take a nice picture of Mapi. 
  • clouds will provide some shade while visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Better deals on hotel prices and tours.


  • You may encounter some rain in the afternoon.
  • Few aggressive mosquitoes attack visitors.


  • Book well in advance the Machu Picchu tickets and train tickets. The early entrance tickets run out quickly. 
  • Put on sunscreen and wear a hat because the sun is a scorcher at times.
  • Bring layers. Although it will be sunny and pleasant most of the time, early rains can pour down in late September, so bring waterproof clothing. 
  • Study the landscape more in detail before you get Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu tickets. Check out Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu mountain. 
  • Bring your Mosquito spray or repellent, because in September you will have to deal with these little insects.

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

The tickets for Machu Picchu, specifically those for circuits 1 and 2, are typically sold out one month in advance, while tickets for circuits 3 and 4 tend to be sold out two weeks in advance.

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