The Inca city of Machu Picchu is open to travelers all year round, so you can make your trip any time of the year. But weather and service prices may determine the month you want to visit Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu has an exceptional location; it does locate in the eyebrow of the jungle, but very close to it are located snow-capped mountains of the Andean mountain range as the Salcantay or Veronica; these factors make the weather in Machu Picchu changeable. In Machu Picchu, there are two distinct seasons, the dry season (from April to September), which coincides with the high tourist season, and the rainy season (from October to March). Everything depends on the season, so if you want to get good services at reduced prices, you should come during the rainy season.
Below we detail the climatic conditions and the services offered in Machu Picchu according to the month.
These are the rainiest months in Machu Picchu and all of Cusco; during most days, the sky is cloudy, but there are also short periods of clear days, and the temperature is relatively pleasant, with an average of 14°C. Although the rains can be inconvenient when visiting Machu Picchu, they make Machu Picchu a spectacular green and colorful flora. Also, the clouds and rain make Machu Picchu becomes a fairytale scenery, almost surreal.
One of the main advantages of visiting Machu Picchu during these months is finding reasonable prices and many offers in luxury services. So with a moderate budget, you can enjoy your stay in Machu Picchu in a significant way, and if you are one of those travelers who want to save as much as possible, this is the time to visit the Inca city.
These are the best months to visit Machu Picchu, the rains are minimal, and the days become sunny and pleasant. Although this month is the beginning of the high tourist season, it is still possible to find service offers.
In May, the days are apparent, except for the occasional rain. It is already possible to see and enjoy many of the activities of Cusco’s jubilee celebrations in May.
This month has the most tourist activity, and Machu Picchu is full of tourists worldwide. The weather is sunny and freezing at night, especially in the early morning. The services are saturated, so booking them before arriving in Machu Picchu is advisable. All this is reinforced by the activities in Cusco since, in June, they celebrate their festivals, & multiple shows do perform at the ceremony of Inti Raymi.
During these months, the winter of the highlands accentuates; the days are similar to those of June when Machu Picchu receives high traffic of visitors, and tourist services are very required. The clear days on these dates allow us to see Machu Picchu in splendor.
Between May and August, the demand for the Machu Picchu ticket is very high, so if you want to visit Machu Picchu on these dates, you should book your ticket in advance. If you’re climbing Machu Picchu mountain, you should book your ticket more than two months in advance.
During these months, the season changes, the cold of winter decreases, and the temperature become warmer with a delightful climate. The high tourism season begins to decrease, and the costs of various services. In the experience of many visitors and travelers, these are the best months to visit Machu Picchu.
In these months, the rains are heavier in Machu Picchu. However, it is still possible to enjoy sunny and pleasant days. Tourist services have begun to offer more, so there are months in which you can visit Machu Picchu and tour it without being saturated with many travelers. In addition, you can enjoy the Christmas and New Year holidays in Machu Picchu; although the prices are higher, it is an experience that you can enjoy.
No matter the month you visit Machu Picchu, the first thing you should do is book your Machu Picchu ticket, and depending on the season, you should also book your train ticket in advance.