When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu with Earth's Edge

When it comes to big bucket list trips, Machu Picchu surely features at the top of many a wish list. This ancient sight is one of the wonders of the world, made even better by the journey you take to get there. On our expedition to Machu Picchu you trek for 10 days, visiting first the ancient city of Choquequirao on a trail that takes you off the typical tourist path. The whole trip culminates, of course, with Machu Picchu itself. But as this is such a bucket list trip, you want to make sure you choose the best time to visit Machu Picchu.

So, when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

Our trips to Machu Picchu generally operate between July and October. We find this is the best of both worlds – this is the dry season, so you (hopefully) won’t get soggy during the treks!

What is the weather like?

During these drier months, it can be a little cooler. The only upshot of rainy season is that it’s a little warmer. However, the best time to visit Machu Picchu is when it’s drier. You don’t want to get all the way there, only to find your view obscured by clouds.

Bear in mind though, it can get chilly at night. And it can still rain in dry season! If you bring the right gear with you though, this won’t be an issue (and we send you a comprehensive packing list when you book onto one of our trips).

Machu Picchu expedition with Earth's Edge

Is it cold at Machu Picchu?

As with all of Peru, the temperature can vary wildly at Machu Picchu. The lows during the day could be as cool as 9 degrees in July (which is winter in the southern hemisphere), or as high as 26 degrees in October, when temperatures start to pick up. But hey, we’re used to sudden weather changes in Ireland, so nothing in Peru will shock you! Be prepared for any temperature and you’ll be happy on the trails.

When is the Inca Trail busy with tourists?

If you want to avoid tourists, the best time to visit Machu Picchu is after August. July tends to be quite busy with tourists, but it’s also a spectacular time to visit, weather wise. Bear in mind that the number of tourists allowed into Machu Picchu is limited, even more so at the moment after COVID-19. At the moment, only 650 visitors are allowed in per day, as opposed to the 3500 per day pre-pandemic. So you don’t need to worry about overcrowding. We also get the first shuttle into Machu Picchu, meaning the crowds are far fewer.

Fancy trekking to Machu Picchu? You can read all about our expedition here.

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