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Machu Picchu in June
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Machu Picchu in June, the best month to travel

June is the best month to travel to Machu Picchu. During those days the sky is sunny with little chance of rain, which facilitates the excursion to the Inca city. In addition, these days are more favorable for trekking routes to the citadel, such as the Inca Trail 4 days, the Salkantay Trek 5 days or the Inca Jungle 4 days. However, the nights are the coldest of the year with temperatures that can drop to zero degrees Celsius. Learn all about your trip to Machupichu in June, the most festive month in Cusco.



Panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the Guardian's House
Panoramic view of Machu Picchu and the Guardian’s House

June is the month of Inti Raymi in Cusco, Peru
Every June 24, the city of Cusco receives thousands of visitors from all over the world. On that day the famous festival of Inti Raymi is celebrated, a cultural and religious event where the people of Cusco pay homage to their Inca ancestors. On that day, three big shows are performed where the Inca festivity of the Wawa Inti Raymi, suppressed by the Spaniards in the XVI century, is interpreted. The first and second shows take place in the Coricancha and the Plaza de Armas and are free for the public. The main show, in Sacsayhuaman, is private with the purchase of a ticket to one of the seats around the stage. The Inti Raymi is a world famous event. The entrance ticket must be purchased two to three months in advance. On those days it is highly recommended to visit Machu Picchu, a must-see destination on the trip.


Machu Picchu, an incredible year-round destination

Machu Picchu is one of the best destinations in the world. Every year the Inca city receives awards in countless contests worldwide, as one of the best tourist attractions on the planet.

The Inca archaeological site is open every day of the year from 6 am to 5 pm. It is even open on holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Day, Sundays, etc. The only days when the Inca llaqta can close is during protests or emergencies (as happened in 2020 during the pandemic).

All months are ideal to visit Machu Picchu. January, February and March are the rainiest months, which can make it difficult to hike or tour the archaeological site. However, if the day is favorable, you can appreciate a greener and more beautiful landscape. From May to August there are few cases of rain, which facilitates walks and outdoor excursions. However, all year round the Inca city is open and ready to offer a great experience to the traveler.

June is considered the best and most special month to visit Machu Picchu. The reason? There is very little chance of rain during the day (although the nights are colder) and important festivities are celebrated in the city of Cusco such as Inti Raymi or Corpus Christi. That is why June is called the jubilee month of Cusco.

Observing the archaeological site of Machu Picchu
Observing the archaeological site of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in June, festivities and adventure

In June during the trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu the tourist can enjoy:

  • Trekking routes to Machu Picchu – There are several trekking routes to Machu Picchu, such as: the Inca Trail 4 days (considered one of the best in the world), the Salkantay trek 5 days, the Lares trek 4 days, the Huchuy Qosqo 3 days, the Inca Jungle 4 days and more. All these routes can be done all year round, although in June there are many more tourists who visit them. It is that in those days there is less chance of rain which facilitates outdoor excursions.
  • The route by Hydroelectric – The route by Hydroelectric is the most economical way to get to Machu Picchu. It is a 5 hour bus ride through the high mountains and jungle of the region starting from the city of Cusco. The final stretch is a 10 kilometers (2 hours) hike to the town of Aguas Calientes to finally reach Machu Picchu by bus (30′ minutes) or on foot (2 hours more). In January, February and March, the rains are dangerous for the traveler. Therefore, June is the right month to make this adventurous route to Machu Picchu.
  • The Inti Raymi – Every June 24 the city of Cusco returns to live in the time of the Incas through three great stagings in the Coricancha, the Plaza de Armas and Sacsayhuaman, three sites with a lot of history since Inca times. That day is a holiday throughout the city, the locals celebrate with music, typical dishes and much joy. It is the best display of culture in Cusco.
  • Corpus Christi – Corpus Christi is celebrated in the city of Cusco nine weeks after the Catholic Holy Thursday. That means that on a Thursday in June, the city of Cusco is full of parishioners carrying in procession up to fifteen images of saints from the main churches of the city. It is a sample of symbiosis between the western and native faith in Cusco.
Inti Raymi Show in Sacsayhuaman
Inti Raymi Show in Sacsayhuaman – Cusco

Entrance fees to Machu Picchu in June

June is the month when most tourists visit Machu Picchu so the purchase of tickets, or tours, should be made well in advance.

There are five types of tickets: a) Machupicchu Only ticket, b) Machupicchu Only with Huayna Picchu ticket, c) Machupicchu with Mountain ticket, d) Machupicchu with Huchuy Picchu ticket and e) Machupicchu with Inca Bridge ticket.

The tickets that sell out the fastest in June are, without a doubt, the Machupicchu Only and Machupicchu with Inca Bridge tickets. Both allow you to do the best circuits (one or two), as well as the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu from the sector of the Guardian’s House. Both tickets must be purchased 3 months in advance online.

The other types of tickets, those that allow the trekking routes to the Huayna Picchu, Montaña and Huchuy Picchu mountains, must be purchased online two months in advance. Otherwise, there is a risk of not finding availability.

The purchase of the ticket is online through the website of an authorized tourist agency or with the official website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru. These are the prices and discounts offered by each type of ticket:

Entrance Machupicchu Only
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general152 Peruvian soles64 Peruvian soles
University students77 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age70 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general200 Peruvian soles112 Peruvian soles
University students125 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age118 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Mountain
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general200 Peruvian soles112 Peruvian soles
University students125 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age118 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general200 Peruvian soles112 Peruvian soles
University students125 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age118 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general152 Peruvian soles64 Peruvian soles
University students77 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age70 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles


Hiking trails to Machu Picchu

June is the right time for trekking routes to Machu Picchu. These are the main treks to the city of the Incas:

  • Inca Trail 4 days – Hiking route of 4 days of trekking (39 kilometers) and 3 nights camping along the original qhapac ñan or Inca trails to reach Machu Picchu Only through the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the same way as the Incas did hundreds of years ago.
  • Inca Trail 2 days – This route is a short version of the Inca Trail, which takes only 13 kilometers through the final part of the qhapac ñan that connects to Machu Picchu Only. The Inca city is reached in the same way, through the Intipunku or Sun Gate. The two Inca trails are done with an all-inclusive tour.
  • Salkantay trek 5 days – Trekking route of 5 days of hiking (70 kilometers) and 4 nights of camping (1 night hotel) through beautiful natural landscapes that include the Salkantay pass, the Humantay lagoon, the thermal baths of Cocalmayo and Machu Picchu. It can be done with a tour or on your own.
  • Lares trek 4 days – Trekking route of 4 days (44 kilometers) and 3 nights on high Andean trails surrounded by beautiful landscapes such as lagoons, snow-capped mountains and Andean villages. The last stretch is by tourist train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes before reaching Machupicchu the following day. It is known as the cultural route to Machu Picchu.
  • Huchuy Qosqo trek 3 days – Trekking route of 3 days (20 kilometers) and 2 nights on high Andean trails that includes a visit to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The last stretch is also by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes before visiting Machu Picchu. It is suitable for everyone, including children.
  • Inca Jungle 4 days – Trekking route that adds the practice of adventure sports during the 4 days and 3 nights of tourist lodging. It offers cycling, canoeing, zip-lining, trekking, as well as an afternoon of rest in the thermal baths of Cocalmayo. It is a very favorite route for the young adventurers of the world.

Weather in Machu Picchu in June

Machu Picchu in June has a temperate climate with little chance of rain. The days are sunny with temperatures that can reach 24ºC. The minimum temperatures during the nights can drop to 8ºC. It is recommended to bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent. For the visit to Machu Picchu Only you can wear light clothing with a hat, sunglasses and hiking shoes.

Machu Picchu Only on a sunny day
Machu Picchu Only on a sunny day

Questions and answers

  • 1) Why visit Machu Picchu in June?

    June is the best month to visit Machu Picchu Only for its sunny days suitable for hiking, as well as for the festivities in Cusco.

  • 2) When is Inti Raymi?

    The Inti Raymi is celebrated every June 24 in the city of Cusco.

  • 3) What is the weather like in Machu Picchu in June?

    Machu Picchu Only in June has sunny days of up to 24 degrees Celsius. At night the temperature can drop to 8 degrees Celsius.

  • 4) Is it cold in Machu Picchu in June?

    No, Machu Picchu has a temperate climate. At night the temperature can drop to 8 degrees Celsius.

  • 5) Is it hot in Machu Picchu in June?

    Machu Picchu has a tropical climate of Cusco’s high jungle with maximum temperatures of up to 24 degrees Celsius.

  • 6) When is Corpus Christi in Machu Picchu?

    Corpus Christi is celebrated in the city of Cusco nine weeks after the Catholic Holy Thursday.

  • 7) How long before buying the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu in June?

    June is high tourist season in Machu Picchu. Therefore it is recommended to buy the entrance ticket online up to 3 months before.

  • 8) What is the best hike in Machu Picchu in June?

    The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 days is considered one of the best trekking routes in the world. June is one of the best months to hike this famous route.

  • 9) Can I do the Hydroelectric route to Machu Picchu in June?

    Yes, June offers clear days with little chance of rain, which facilitates the famous alternative route to Machu Picchu by Hydroelectric.

  • 10) How long before buying the entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu in June?

    June is high tourist season in Machu Picchu. Therefore it is recommended to buy the entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu mountain up to 3 months before.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Maricielo W.By: Maricielo W.

“Without words“

“There are no words to describe the trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu. You have to come here and live in the flesh, the Inti Raymi and Machu Picchu, places that you will never forget, I assure you.“

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, May 14, 2024