To explore Cusco will depend on the type of weather you like. The rainy season in Cusco goes from November to April, while from May to October is the dry season. But regardless of the time of year, you decide to come. It would be best if you always did prepare for the weather. We can visit Cusco throughout the year, but the months from June to October and the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year are usually the busiest times for travelers worldwide. Since Cusco is a tourist city with many festivals and celebrations, you should plan your trip well, including them or avoiding them.
As mentioned, You can visit Cusco any time of the year. However, there is a very low possibility of rain in May; the mountains are lusher, and the landscape greener. Likewise, this month’s influx of visitors is usually a little quieter.
The climate in Cusco is split divided into two seasons:
The dry season in the imperial city of Cusco runs from May to October. The weather during this season is primarily dry, especially in June, July, and August. The days are warm, with an average temperature oscillating between 16 ° and 18 ° C. The nights are more relaxed during the dry season, and it is not uncommon that temperatures in June and July descend Below 0 ° C. The dry season is considered the best time to travel, but it has the highest visitor influx.
The rainy season runs from November to April. At this time, the imperial city of Cusco presents the highest yearly rainfall. Statistical data reveals that January and February are the ones that give the heaviest rains of the season. It is summer in the southern hemisphere in the rainy season, so average daytime temperatures are slightly higher than in the dry season and middle 18 ° C. But overnight temperatures are significantly higher, with an average temperature of 8 ° C. However, fewer people choose the rainy season to visit Cusco.
The abundance of rain makes the region much more lush and green than in the dry season, where the vegetation usually looks brown/gray. During the rainy season, rain may fall all day long, but rain often comes in intermittent bursts, lasting from 20 minutes to a few hours.
Usually, rain falls in the afternoon, but there may be precipitation at any time of the day, so do not rely on it.
Undoubtedly the most significant disadvantage of making your trip in the rainy season is that there is a greater probability of landslides in the southern region of Peru, And in Cusco, especially in the Machu Picchu region. Landslides can cause delays in the train transfer from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). These can cause minor inconveniences or delays lasting up to 48 hours.
We know from experience that landslides occur more frequently in February when the earth has suffered more erosion due to the constant rainfall of previous months.
We know that coming to Cusco in the rainy season can cause concern since it is evident that you want to visit Machu Picchu. We recommend you plan your trip very well and try to leave free time around your trip to Machu Picchu; it is essential to avoid any disappointment.
The Cusco festivities calendar is too big to include here. But it would be best if you considered that hotel prices in Cusco could double during the weeks adjacent to Inti Raymi (June 24). Also, hotels tend to increase their tariffs at Christmas and New Year.