Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Machu Picchu. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Machu Picchu. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Machu Picchu for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 0 °C to 21 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.086.3 in (1 – 19 Days of Rain)
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General & Geography

Machu Picchu is a legendary ruined city in the Andes of Peru. The well-preserved”city in the clouds” was built at an altitude of around 2,400 metres and still holds many secrets today.

The assumption that the Incas fled the Spanish conquistadores, fleeing their city and the conquerors from southern Europe simply overlooked the mysterious Machu Picchu is now considered consolidated.

Only in 1911 did US researcher Hiram Binghams rediscover the ruins, now hidden by the jungle, which have since become Peru’s most important sight.

Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern Age and lies between the peaks of the mountain of the same name and the neighbouring Huayna Picchu above the Urubamba valley.

The city of Cusco is about 50 miles away and is the main access point for exploring the Andes. From here we continue by train via the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu.

The cloudy Aguas Calientes is the tourist centre on the world-famous wonder of nature, the formerly small village has continued to grow in recent years and now accommodates a large number of accommodation, restaurants and tour operators.

Climate at Machu Picchu and the Andes of Peru

Machu Picchu  -      -   9.7.2011  - IMG_7753_4_5_fused (Bruce Tuten)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Machu Picchu lies in the Andes of Peru and despite its location in the high mountains at around 2400 metres above sea level, temperatures are well above freezing all year round. The climate is warm and humid with quite constant temperatures all year round. Only during heavy rainfall do the values temporarily cool down significantly.

There are no classical seasons like in Europe in the region around Machu Picchu. However, the distinct rainy season in Peruvian summer (our winter months) is to be clearly distinguished from the dry season in the Andes. The rainy season at Machu Picchu usually begins in December and causes heavy rainfall until the end of March.

April is regarded as a changeable month of transition, which, however, becomes increasingly stable over the course of the month. The dry season then runs from the beginning of May to around mid-November, before it becomes significantly wetter again towards the end of November and the upcoming rainy season begins in the Andes.

In general, rainfall can also occur in the dry season at Machu Picchu. Especially between May and August showers are the absolute exception. The rainy months are January and February, the quite strong showers can lead to impairments and closures. In February the Inatrail is even completely closed.

Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu: Overview

JanuaryJan
Rainy SeasonRainy Season
up to 6.3 in of rainup to 6.3 in of rain
FebruaryFeb
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up to 5.24 in of rainup to 5.24 in of rain
MarchMar
End of Rainy SeasonRainy Season
up to 4.65 in of rainup to 4.65 in of rain
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NovemberNov
Beginning of Rainy SeasonRainy Season
increasingly wetincreasingly wet
DecemberDec
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up to 4.72 in of rainup to 4.72 in of rain

When is the best time for Machu Picchu in Peru?


The mysterious Inca city Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes is an unforgettable experience at any travel time. Nevertheless, the effects of the rainy season, especially between mid-December and mid-March, should not be underestimated. We therefore recommend the period from mid-April to mid-November as the best travel season.

The months of May to September are particularly pleasant, with only a very low probability of rain and particularly many hours of sunshine. The clear air now provides fantastic photographic conditions, but the low night temperatures make thick clothing necessary, especially in the early morning and late afternoon.

Climate Chart Machu Picchu

Climate Chart Machu Picchu
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Machu Picchu

In the following, you will find the climate table for Machu Picchu, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature19°19°19°20°20°19°19°20°20°21°21°21°
Night Temperature
Precipitation (inch)6.35.234.271.750.340.090.150.310.881.863.094.73
Rainy days19151392112591316
Hours of Sunshine546788887675
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 12 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: December (13.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (9.7 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 29.02 inch on 105 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: May, August, and September

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 8.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Tickets: Buy Machu Picchu tickets online?


Machu Picchu is one of the most important sights in South America and is on top of the bucket list of many travellers. It is usually most crowded between 11 am and 3 pm when both the overnight guests from Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) and the day visitors have arrived by train.

Every day around 2,000 guests visit the ruined city, which was built from a total of 216 stone buildings in a system of stairs. UNESCO demands a drastic reduction to a maximum of 800 visitors per day due to the impact on the preservation of the world cultural heritage. In general, tickets can also be purchased in Cusco about 2 days in advance.

If you would like to book a climb to the neighbouring local mountain Montaña or Huayna Picchu in addition to visiting Machu Picchu, you should book your tickets at least six weeks in advance. This can be done online via the government’s official website or for a small surcharge via a travel agency.

More information about the best things to do: Peru

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Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel Official Admission Ticket | Machu Picchu: Full Day Tour by Vistadome Train From Cusco | Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Entrance Ticket | Machu Picchu Ruins + Machu Picchu Mountain Official Tickets | Machu Picchu: 2-Hour Small Group Guided Tour | Machu Picchu: Private Full Day Tour by Vistadome Train | Short Inka Trail: 2 Days 1 Night |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Machu Picchu (Station Ollantaytambo)
light rain     light rain, 7.9 °C
Clouds: 76 %       Wind: 0 mph NNO
Air Pressure: 1010.6 hPa       Humidity: 94 %
Last updated: 20th Mar 2019, 10:40 am
The next days …
20th Mar 201921st Mar 201922nd Mar 201923rd Mar 201924th Mar 201925th Mar 2019
light rain7 °C to 11 °Clight rain5 °C to 12 °Cmoderate rain9 °C to 14 °Cmoderate rain9 °C to 14 °Cmoderate rain9 °C to 13 °Cmoderate rain10 °C to 13 °C
7 °C to 11 °C5 °C to 12 °C9 °C to 14 °C9 °C to 14 °C9 °C to 13 °C10 °C to 13 °C
Clouds: 92 %Clouds: 64 %Clouds: 60 %Clouds: 18 %Clouds: 17 %Clouds: 64 %
0.09 in of rain0.03 in of rain0.22 in of rain0.25 in of rain0.19 in of rain0.37 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Peru: Regions

Machu Picchu is part of the holiday destination Peru. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

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Machu Picchu: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for Machu Picchu holiday already. Average rating is 5 of 5 stars.
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    Wolfgang, 50 years old was there in January

    Sunny with some clouds, partly T-shirt weather. Sun hat and sun cream recommended.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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