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Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU -
MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE

 

Machu Picchu is open 7 days a week, every day of the year, including holidays.

When should you visit Machu Picchu?

Following is your month-by-month guide when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu.

 

 

DRY SEASON IN MACHU PICCHU

 

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season, which is from late April through early October.

During the dry season, you will mostly get clear blue skies and nice, warm weather.

However, a word of caution, even during the dry season, which is the best time to visit Machu Picchu, you need to be prepared for some heavy mists or fog (usually during early morning hours) that can obscure the views.

Needless to say, between late April through early October, expect lots of visitors to Machu Picchu. It will be impossible to find any kind of solitude at Machu Picchu Inca ruins. Actually, you will have some difficulty moving through the Sanctuary. You need to have a lot of patience and reserve additional time for your visit.

 

 

RAINY SEASON IN MACHU PICCHU

 

Rainy season is from November through March.

Be prepared to battle some light drizzle to very heavy downpours.

 

 

MONTH-BY-MONTH GUIDE TO

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU

 

 

JANUARY WEATHER FORECAST FOR MACHU PICCHU

  • Average High Temperature – 24°C (75.2°F) 
  • Average Low Temperature – 13°C (55.4°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 138mm (5.4″) 
  • Average Rainfall Days – 15 days 
  • Average Daylight – 12.8h
  • Average Sunshine – 5h
  • Average UV Index – 12

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

January is a rainy month of the year. In January Machu Picchu registers an average rainfall of 151mm (5.9″). Be prepared for thunderstorms and lightening. The rains come in the form of very heavy downpours. Be aware that the heavy downpours bring landslides and floods to the area. When I was planning my trips to Machu Picchu, I once read that the Urubamba River washed away the railroad tracks.

However, visitors do come to Machu Picchu in December and January. It is now a year-round destination. If you decide to visit Machu Picchu in January, make sure to have waterproof shoes and water-resistant clothing. A poncho will work great!

Moreover, something to keep in mind, the average UV index in March in Macch Picchu is 12. That is high! Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, for both UVA and UVB protection.

The bottom line, my recommendation is to avoid traveling and visiting Macchu Picchu in January.

 

 

VISITING MACHU PICCHU IN FEBRUARY

  • Average High Temperature – 25°C (77°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 13°C (55.4°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 141mm (5.6″) 
  • Average Rainfall Days – 20 days
  • Average Daylight – 12.5h
  • Average Sunshine – 5h
  • Average UV Index – 12

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

February is the official rainy season month. Expect rain almost every day!

The days are long up to 13 hours, however, the sunlight will last for hardly a few hours due to the heavy cloud cover. If there is a break in the clouds, then expect an intense sun. The humidity will be high and as a result the temperatures will seem higher than indicated.

The bottom line, my recommendation is to avoid traveling and visiting Macchu Picchu in February.

 

 

MACHU PICCHU IN MARCH

  • Average High Temperature – 25°C (77°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 13°C (55.4°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 151mm (5.9″)
  • Average Rainfall Days – 13 days 
  • Average Daylight – 12.2h
  • Average Sunshine – 6h
  • Average UV Index – 12

 

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

March is one of the rainiest month of the year in Machu Picchu. The area registers an average rainfall of 151mm (5.9″) during the month of March. Thunderstorms and lightening are frequent with heavy downpours. Be prepared for even an occasional hail as well.

Be aware that the heavy downpours bring landslides and floods to the area.

If you decide to visit Machu Picchu in March, make sure to have waterproof shoes and water-resistant clothing. Above all bring lots of mosquito repellent. The rain and humidity are perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

The average high temperatures stay at around 25°C (77°F), however, keep in mind that the high humidity makes the temperature feel much higher. Even though, you will have lots of rain and some cloudy days as well, you might expect some periods of abundant sunshine. Let’s not forget that the average daylight in March lasts over 12 hours.

Moreover, something to keep in mind, the average UV index in March in Macch Picchu is 12. That is high! A UV Index estimate of 11, and higher, represents an extreme health vulnerability from the exposure to the Sun’s UV radiation. Wear a hat and sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, for both UVA and UVB protection.

The bottom line, my recommendation is to avoid traveling and visiting Macchu Picchu in March.

 

 

APRIL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MACHU PICCHU

  • Average High Temperature – 25°C (77°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 12°C (53.6°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 62mm (2.4″)
  • Average Rainfall Days – 9 days
  • Average Daylight – 11.8h
  • Average Sunshine – 7h
  • Average UV Index – 12

April is definitely looking better than March.

The average rainfall is at 62mm (2.4″) in April compared to 151mm (5.9″) in March. In addition, instead of heavy downpours, you will experience occasional showers. The good news is that the showers start occurring in the late afternoons and at night.

Late April marks the official start of the dry season.

The temperatures during the day stay at an average of 25°C (77°F). However, nights can be very cold. Personally, I found the evenings and nights very cold. Needless to say, bring warm clothing with you and dress in layers.

The bottom line, April, and especially late April, is a good time to visit Machu Picchu. Above all, you will have the place pretty much to yourself, since the tourist season has not started yet.

 

 

MACHU PICCHU IN MAY

  • Average High Temperature – 25°C (77°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 11°C (51.8°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 23mm (0.9″)
  • Average Rainfall Days – 6
  • Average Daylight – 11.5h
  • Average Sunshine – 8h
  • Average UV Index – 11

The month of May is my favorite time to visit Machu Picchu. First of all, the rainy season is over. The days are long and bright and there is plenty of sunshine. Second, it is still not the peak of the season and the number of visitors is relatively low.

However, expect some occasional light showers usually at night. Some morning mists and fog could be expected.

Moreover, be prepared for cool evenings and cold nights. Make sure to bring some warm clothes and definitely dress in layers.

Above all protect yourself from the sun! The average UV index is 11 in May in Machu Picchu.

The bottom line, go to Machu Picchu in May. It is perfect!

 

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

 

 JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST WEATHER FORECAST FOR MACHU PICCHU

  • Average High Temperature – 25°C (77°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 9°C (48.2°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 17mm (0.7″) 
  • Average Rainfall Days – 2
  • Average Daylight – 11.4h
  • Average Sunshine – 8h
  • Average UV Index – 10

 

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

The months of June, July and August are the driest months of the entire year. Needless to say, these are peak season months. You should expect nice, warm days with plenty of sunshine. However, the nights are cold. Be prepared for an occasional frost.

Hands down, this is the best time to plan your hike on the Inca Trail.

Notwithstanding, the number of tourists is on the rise. Be prepared to patiently wait for a perfect photo opportunity without tourists in the picture.

The bottom line, June, July and August are busy months at Machu Picchu. If you do not mind the hoards of visitors, then by all means, plan your trip. To be honest, I would rather see Machu Picchu in a shroud of clouds, then push my way through the crowds.

 

 

MACHU PICCHU IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

  • Average High Temperature – 26°C (78.8°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 11°C (51.8°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 44mm (1.7″) 
  • Average Rainfall Days – 7
  • Average Daylight – 12h
  • Average Sunshine – 7h
  • Average UV Index – 12

 

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

September and October are great months to visit Machu Picchu. The tourist crowds are starting to thin out. If you visit Machu Picchu in the later part of September, you will be able to find some solitude in Machu Picchu and take some unforgettable pictures without tourists in them.

By the way September and the first part of October are the warmest months of the year with an average high temperature of 26°C (78.8°F). You should expect maybe a few rainy days, occasional clouds, some fog in September and the early part of October.

The rain will gradually increase in the later part of October.

The bottom line, hands down, plan your visit to Machu Picchu in September and the first part of October.

 

 

MACHU PICCHU IN NOVEMBER

  • Average High Temperature – 26°C (78.8°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 13°C (55.4°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 86mm (3.4″) 
  • Average Rainfall Days – 9
  • Average Daylight – 12.7h
  • Average Sunshine – 7h
  • Average UV Index – 12

The rainfall increases to an average of 86mm (3.4″) during the month of November. The temperatures increase as well to an average high of 26°C (78.8°F). November does not have the heavy downpours that you might experience in January or February. However, be prepared for showers, mists and morning fog. 

The bottom line, November is still an ok month for visiting Machu Picchu. Make sure you are prepared for the wet weather!

 

 

VISITING MACHU PICCHU IN DECEMBER

  • Average High Temperature – 26°C (78.8°F)
  • Average Low Temperature – 13°C (55.4°F)
  • Average Rainfall – 121mm (4.8″)
  • Average Rainfall Days – 13 days
  • Average Daylight – 12.9h
  • Average Sunshine – 6h
  • Average UV Index – 12

 

Best Time to Visit Machu

 

The month of December has an average of 121mm (4.8″) of rainfall. Expect rain almost everyday. Be prepared for some thunderstorms and lightening. The temperatures are high and the humidity adds to the heat factor.

The bottom line, you should not travel to Machu Picchu during the month of December

 

 

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU

 

The best time of the day to visit Machu Picchu is either early morning or late afternoon. The hordes of tourists start arriving at about 11 am and hang out at Machu Picchu till about 3 pm.

My recommendation is to plan for being at Machu Picchu at sunrise. It is truly a magical

 

 

 

Intrepid Scout’s Pointers for Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

  • Plan your trip to Machu Picchu during the dry season.
  • The shoulder season months of May and September are the best for visiting Machu Picchu. You will be able to have some solitude.
  • Protect yourself from the sun! The average UV index is 12 in Machu Picchu. Wear a wide brim hat to shade your face, head, ears, and neck. Wear wraparound sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher, for both UVA and UVB protection.
  • Pack some warm clothing and always dress in layers.

 

 

 

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