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When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
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When to go to Machu Picchu?

If you have already seen our tips section, you will realize that our goal is to provide you with free and inspiring advice to help you prepare for an incredible experience in one of the most incredible destinations in the world, in Cusco – Peru. If you already decided, but you do not know when is the best time to go to Machu Picchu. Well, we have prepared a summary of the experiences of people who have traveled to Machu Picchu with us. We will answer the question that all people ask before buying their Machu Picchu tickets. When to go to Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu and its beautiful dry season blue sky
Machu Picchu and its beautiful dry season blue sky

When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

To know “when to go to Machu Picchu”, you must first know about the weather in Machu Picchu; the location of Machu Picchu in the middle of the Amazon jungle and the Andes mountain range, makes this area enjoy a very particular climate. In Machu Picchu there are 2 very marked climatic seasons, each of them has its pros and cons, so only you can decide the ideal time to come to Machu Picchu.


    It occurs between April and October and for many, but not for all, is the best time to visit Machu Picchu; the sun shines throughout the day and there are almost no rains, allowing you to make the trek to the mountains of Machu Picchu, to get the best aerial views of the Inca city with the blue sky in the background. However, you will have to take turns in the places, with many other people who chose this time to visit Machu Picchu; and if you did not know, during the dry season, there is also the “high season of tourism”, so you will have a lot of company. This season makes admission tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets and hotels, must be booked at least 3 months in advance. If you want experiences like the Inca Trail or the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will have to reserve your income 6 months before.


    It occurs between November and March, and unlike what many people think, it does not rain all day; What’s more, the rains during this season occur in the afternoon, in most cases. The Inca city of Machu Picchu can be covered with fog during this time; however, it will disappear with the passing of the morning, giving you the opportunity to see, from the mountains of Machu Picchu, how the mist dissipates over the city. As if an artist reveals his masterpiece before his eyes. In addition, if you do not mind getting a little wet, you can get lower prices, discounts on hotels and many other advantages of coming to Machu Picchu in rainy weather.

Machu Picchu full of life in the rainy season
Machu Picchu full of life in the rainy season

Now that you know the difference of the climate in Machu Picchu, you must know the difference between the “high season” and the “low season” of tourism in Machu Picchu, Cusco.

How high season is Machu Picchu?

The high season of tourism is between May and August; this season coincides with the dry season, but also with holidays in Europe and the United States. If you plan to come to Machu Picchu in high season, know that you will have to reserve Machu Picchu tickets at least 3 months in advance; but it’s not all, you’ll also need to book ahead, train tickets, additional guides and tours. On the other hand, you will have to “compete” with other visitors for the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and for the best places on the Huayna Picchu mountain and in the Inca city. One of the main disadvantages of this season is not precisely that you will not find places, but what you will have to pay for them. During the high season, the prices of most tourist services increase between 30 and 100%, depending on the time of anticipation of your reservations.

How is the low season in Machu Picchu?

Although it is possible to find some rains, the low season is for many, the best time to come to Machu Picchu; you will enjoy Machu Picchu in its most intense green, lower prices and something that most people want but that is impossible to obtain during the high season; being in Machu Picchu with as few people as possible, allowing you to take pictures of Machu Picchu without a lot of strangers in them.

What is the best time to tour the mountains of Machu Picchu?

Unless you are an experienced hiker, we recommend avoiding the month of February, especially if you plan to tour the Huayna Picchu mountain; the mountain trails are narrow and vertigo, and can be somewhat more frightening if wet. The month of February presents the highest amount of rains of the season, reason why also the entrance of visitors by the Inca Trail is restricted.


Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Valentina DBy: Valentina D

“Awesome. Consider when to go and how high“

“Spectacular, impressive in every way. I flew to Cusco in June and did the tour of the Sacred Valley before going to Aguas Calientes, recommended to avoid altitude sickness, especially if you live near the sea. It is best to spend the night there and take the first bus to Machu Picchu, you can see the magical sunrise of Machu Picchu, although you can also walk. The only thing I did not like was that there were LOTS of PEOPLE !! Maybe it would have been better some other time.“


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 09-26-2017