When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
When to visit Machu Picchu?
WEATHER IN MACHU PICCHU
When to visit Machu Picchu? this question comes to your mind when you plan your trip so here you have some recommendations:
Whe only have 2 seasons: The rainy season that is from November to March and the dry season that is from April to October. take note that even in the dry season we can find ourselves with cloudy days and even with rain.
The location of Machu Picchu is at sub-tropical zone, nestled between the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains, protected by the snow-capped Salkantay to the south and the Veronica to the north. This rugged geography gives Machu Picchu a very peculiar climate, fresh and warm, with sunny and rainy days, depending on the time you decide to travel; all this climatic variation makes the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu a wonderful place, with an enormous biodiversity, that inhabits one of the richest ecosystems of the planet.
RAYNY SEASON IN MACHU PICCHU
During this time, the greatest amount of rainfall of the year occurs; of this time, the month that receives the highest amount of rains is February, that is why the Inca Trail closes during this month. But in spite of the continuous rains, the days are warmer, with temperatures that oscillate between 19 and 21 ºC, and the nights are not as cold as in dry season.
EXTRA HIKES AT MACHU PICCHU
In case you want to climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain during this time, we recommend you choose the second group (entrance from 10:00 to 11:00). But why this group? During the rainy season, Machu Picchu is usually covered with clouds and with little visibility, and this is not very good if you pack your best camera to take the amazing views of Machu Picchu and have a Once in a Life Time Experience.
DRY SEASON IN MACHU PICCHU
The weather during this time is dry most of the time, especially in the months of June, July and August. The days are warm with an average temperature between 17 and 19 ° C. The nights are colder during the dry season, and it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below zero in the months of June and July.
In this season the days are sunny and the flora appears in all its splendor, this thanks to the abundance of insects. It should be noted that this is also the coldest time, especially in the months of June and July, when temperatures drop to -2 ° C. If you plan to get to Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail or another long walk, know that the temperatures in the mountains can drop to -5 ºC or more.
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