The Best Time of Year to Go to Machu Picchu
If you are researching on the best time to go to Machu Picchu then chances are; you have already made up your mind to visit this marvellous site. Well, before you begin planning your trip, it is only best that you know when the best time to visit Machu Picchu is.
When it comes to visiting Machu Picchu, there are two variable factors. The drier the season the more the number of tourists and vice versa. Implying that, if you wish to avoid massive crowds, you will have to visit during the rainy season. There is no doubt that the best time for you to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World is during the dry season. The view you will get will be the same as to those you see in classic photographs online or on postcards.
Here is a guide on the best and ‘not-so-best’ months for you to visit Machu Picchu. It is all up to you to pick the month you are most comfortable with.
Contrary to most people’s opinion, January is a good time for you to tour the Machu Picchu. The environment is super silent, the number of tourists are low. But, the weather is a bit wet. Therefore, don’t forget to carry an umbrella.
February falls under the ‘not-so-best’ months for you to visit. This is because February is the onset of heavy rains in the Machu Picchu. And as if that’s not enough, the official Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is usually closed due to the heavy rains. On the bright side, the number of tourists is minimal during this month.
Though it does mark the end of the rainy season, you won’t get much sunshine in March. It’s still an off peak month and as a result the number of visitors are still low. This gives you an opportunity to take lots of pictures of both yourself and the ruins.
April and May
During April and May, the variables we had discussed earlier are a bit balanced. The weather is somewhat friendly and the number of tourists is a bit low. These are practically some of the best months for you to visit Machu Picchu. Most days start out as rainy but clear up in the afternoon.
June, July and August
June is the beginning of the peak season and it ends in late August. This is the best time to visit if you are interested in trekking the Inca Trail and taking clear photos. If crowds aren’t much of a bother, then you can have the time of your life at the Machu Picchu during this dry season. Make sure you carry heavy clothing since the nights can get very chilly.
September and October
It’s not usually that rainy in these two months. You can still have a unique experience at the Machu Picchu if you visit in September and October. On the positive side, the number of tourists is quite low.
November welcomes the rainy season. But, if you are lucky enough, the sun might shine for a few hours allowing you to admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
In December, it is still rainy and the Inca Trail is muddy. This is probably not one of the best months for you to visit Machu Picchu.
The Bottom Line
We can conclude that the best times for you to appreciate the full beauty of the Machu Picchu is from April to October. If you aren’t a fan of big crowds, then you can visit during April, May, September, and October. But, you should expect to come across light rainfall. If you, however, visit during June, July, and August, you will have complete access to the Inca Trail, but you won’t be all alone.
Best Andes Travel runs Inca Trail and Machu Picchu holidays from January to December except February. The Southern Hemisphere winter season in the Andes runs roughly from the end of March through to October and this is the optimum period for trekking in this part of Peru as it the time of least precipitation. From April to October you can expect the days to be warm and sunny, although you will experience a variance in temperatures depending on altitude. Daytime temperatures will range from 12 to 20 degrees C. Evenings can be chilly, particularly at higher altitudes. At campsites above 3800m it can fall to below freezing at night.
The Inca Trail is closed to trekkers in February each year for maintenance, although Machu Picchu is open as usual.