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Low season in Machu Picchu
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How is the low season in Machu Picchu?

Between the months of May and August and the months near, very early, even before dawn, travelers from all over the world make a long line, first to board the buses to Machu Picchu, then at the entrance gate to the Inca city, you will also have to book everything well in advance, Machu Picchu tickets, plane tickets, train tickets, hotels, guides and any other adventure you wish to have on your trip to Machu Picchu. However, if you want to avoid so many people, long lines and high prices, the low season in Machu Picchu is the time that you must choose to come to Machu Picchu.

Tourists in Machu Picchu in the off season
Tourists in Machu Picchu in the off season

When is the low season in Machu Picchu?

The low season in Machu Picchu occurs between October and February, this coincides with the rainy season in Machu Picchu, but, unlike what many people think, it does not rain every day throughout the day; and although there may be one of “those days”, you can prevent this by checking the weather forecast in Machu Picchu. Below we will give you a list of the advantages and disadvantages of coming to Machu Picchu in low season.

Advantages and disadvantages of low season in Machu Picchu

There are many reasons why people decide to come to Machu Picchu in the low season, but some other reasons why another group decides to avoid it.


Although perhaps did not know it are many people who prefer the low season to come to Machu Picchu despite coinciding with the rainy season, and these are the reasons:

  • Less people
  • For many visitors, especially for those who were during the high season, this is enough reason to choose the low season to come to Machu Picchu, despite the possibility that it may rain during their visit.

    Tourists playing with llamas
    Beautiful green landscape of Machu Picchu in the off season
  • The prices are lower
  • It is logical that higher demand results in higher prices, and it is precisely what happens in the high season, prices can rise between 30 and 100% depending on the service. On the contrary, the low season offers having the experience of the trip to Machu Picchu at the best prices.

  • The pictures
  • Another advantage of coming to Machu Picchu during the rainy season is that because there are fewer people in the high season, you can take amazing pictures of Machu Picchu without hundreds of strangers in them.

  • Lush Landscapes
  • The rains make Machu Picchu look very green and this is really beautiful in a stone city embedded in the eyebrow of the Amazon jungle, where everything is green. Some of the best photographs of Machu Picchu are obtained precisely from those days when the rain falls next to a radiant sun, making one, two or even three rainbows decorate the Inca city of Machu Picchu at the same time.

    Rainbow in Machu Picchu
    Rainbow after rain in Machu Picchu
  • The weather is warmer
  • It is possible that it rains, but in spite of it the climate is warmer than in other months of the year, due to the fact that the rainy season in Machu Picchu coincides with the summer season in this part of the world. You may be in the rain (with a water poncho), but you will still feel a nice warmth.

  • Food
  • Peru is one of the best, but the best culinary destination in the world, but the low season in Machu Picchu (rainy season) gives you the opportunity to enjoy not only delicious Peruvian food, but to enjoy dishes that you can not enjoy even here if you come at another time, with fruits and vegetables from the station.

  • Spirituality
  • If you are one of the people who come to Machu Picchu to feel their energy or have a spiritual moment in which it was the sacred city of the Incas and which is now one of the most spiritual and energetic places on the planet, the low season may be the ideal time, less people, lush landscapes and the incredible energy of Machu Picchu.

  • The walks of Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu has many walks that you can do in just a few hours and are amazing; the Huayna Picchu mountain trek for example, is considered among the most amazing walks in the world. And although we do not recommend this walk in February, because of the heavy rains, the other months of the season are ideal, because you can walk on a warm day but without much sun.


  • In fact there are few disadvantages of the low season in Machu Picchu, it is true that you risk getting a bit wet and that perhaps the biggest disadvantage is that you will miss the celebrations in Cusco, such as the Inti Raymi (celebration of the solstice of winter) and the anniversary celebrations of the city, but otherwise, you can enjoy Machu Picchu equal or more than during the high season.


Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Xavi SBy: Xavi S

“Indescribable experience“

“In this place you can breathe peace, harmony and spirituality, you will also enjoy its incredible history, at least the well-known one, but still more of those that are not known of Machu Picchu. It is one of the most mysterious places in the world and it surprises everything you can tell about it.“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 09-25-2017