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The climate of Cusco
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Climate in the City of Cusco

The climate in the city of Cusco is relatively mild, with cold nights and sunny days. The weather is very changeable: it can go from brilliant sunshine to torrential rain in just minutes. Temperatures range between 13ºC. (55.4ºF) and 15ºC. (59ºF), and it is like that in almost the entire southern region of Peru. In general, the Cuzco region enjoys a climate that varies in 2 seasons a year: the dry season (from April to October) and the rainy season (from November to March).



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How is the weather in the city of Cusco?

  • The city of Cusco (capital of the region of the same name and former capital of the Incas) It has a temperate climate. Its geography is marked by the presence of the Cordillera de los Andes, close to the imposing snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay. The average temperature varies between 13ºC. (55.4ºF) and 15ºC. (59ºF).
  • The maximum temperature during the day can reach 23ºC. (73.4ºF). At night, the cold can drop to 2ºC. (35.6ºF).
  • There are two well-defined seasons during the year: the rainy season (which runs from November to March) and the dry season (which runs from April to October).
  • February is the rainiest month. July and August are the coldest months at night, although they are also the hottest during the day.
Cusco in rainy weather
The weather in Cusco is very changeable

When to go to Cusco?

  • According to people who have already visited the city of Cusco, they know that the dry season is a good time to visit the city of Cusco. April, May and June are good months (especially June when the famous Inti Raymi festival is celebrated).

Rainy season

  • The rainy season in Cusco runs from November to March. As its name indicates, it is the rainiest season. Annual rainfall ranges from 600 millimeters to 1,000 millimeters.
  • Heavy rains generally occur in the afternoons. On those days, the city of Cusco is filled with rainbows. Machu Picchu is dressed in its most intense green and this is truly fabulous in an environment as incredible as Machu Picchu.

Rainfall: 154 millimeters per month on average.
Temperatures: The maximum temperature is 22ºC. (71.6ºF). The minimum temperature is 4ºC. (39.2ºF).


Dry season

  • The dry season in Cusco runs from April to October. During those days the weather is sunny during the day and cold at night. Rains are very rare in those months. June, July and August are the driest days.
  • These months are also the peak tourist season, when more visitors arrive in Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • During those days the dry and clear weather is ideal for practicing hiking trails in Cusco.
Inti Raymi
The dry season coincides with the celebration of Inti Raymi

Rainfall: 3 millimeters per month on average.
Temperatures: The maximum temperature is 23ºC. (73.4ºF). The minimum temperature is 2ºC. (35.6ºF).


What to bring?

  • If you visit Cusco during the rainy season, do not forget to bring waterproof clothing. Also shoes that allow you to walk safely on wet and slippery surfaces. Above all, do not forget to take a rain poncho everywhere. The rains do not happen all day but can happen at any time.
  • If you visit Cusco in the dry season, bring sun protection (cap, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen). Wear light comfortable clothes for the day and warm clothes for the nights. A windbreaker and a jacket will suffice.

And how is the weather in Machu Picchu?

  • Machu Picchu has a warmer climate compared to the city of Cusco. The maximum temperature can reach 25ºC. (77ºF). The minimum temperature can drop to 8ºC. (46.4ºF).
  • As in the city of Cusco, the rainy season in Machu Picchu occurs from November to March. The dry season is from April to October.

Questions and answers about the weather in Cusco

  • 1) What is the weather like in Cusco?

    The climate in the city of Cusco is relatively mild, with cold nights and sunny days. The weather is very changeable: it can go from brilliant sunshine to torrential rain in just minutes. During the day temperatures normally range between 13ºC. (55.4ºF) and 15ºC. (59ºF).

  • 2) What is the weather like in Machu Picchu?

    Machu Picchu has a warmer climate compared to the city of Cusco. The maximum temperature can reach 25ºC. (77ºF). The minimum temperature can drop to 8ºC. (46.4ºF).

  • 3) When do the rains start in Cusco?

    The rainy season begins in December. However, the heaviest rains occur in January, February and March.

  • 4) When does it rain less in Cusco?

    Cusco has night temperatures ranging from 8ºC. up to a minimum of 0ºC. June, July and August have the coldest night temperatures.

  • 5) Is it very cold in Cusco?

    Cusco has night temperatures ranging from 8ºC. up to a minimum of 0ºC. June, July and August have the coldest night temperatures.

  • 6) What is the maximum temperature in Cusco?

    During the day Cusco can register maximum temperatures of up to 23ºC.

  • 7) What is the weather like in the 7-color mountain?

    The 7-color mountain (the Vinicunca) has temperatures that vary from a maximum of 14ºC. up to a minimum of -10ºC. (at night).

  • 8) What is the weather like in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?

    The climate in the Sacred Valley of the Incas varies according to the town and its altitude. In general it goes from a maximum of 23ºC. down to a minimum of -2ºC. at night

  • 9) What clothes to bring to the trip to Cusco?

    When traveling to Cusco, it is recommended to wear light clothing for the day (with a windbreaker jacket) as well as warm clothing at night. Don’t forget to bring thick socks, a windbreaker jacket, sports pants, ponchos, chullos, and gloves.

  • 10) What is the month with the best weather in Cusco?

    For tourism in Cusco, the best weather is May, June and July because in those months the rains are not frequent. This is ideal for practicing hiking trails as well as visiting different archaeological sites in the open air.

Advice from people who have been there

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Dwane CBy: Dwane C

“Cuzco in february 2016“

“I went to Cusco in February, the rainiest month they say, and the truth is that we had beautiful and sunny days, the weather is very relative; It only rained one day and luckily it was the day we returned to Lima.“


 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, May 10, 2022