This is perhaps one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves when planning a trip.
If you want to improve your chances to see Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the way it appears in classic photographs – with clear blue skies as a backdrop to sun-lit stone ruins – your best chance is to visit between May and October. These months align with the region’s dry season and are the most popular time to visit Machu Picchu.
May to October is considered to be the peak season so we would recommend visiting either in November or in April if you want to avoid the crowds. There is a chance of rain during these months so try to align yourself to clear weather forecasted days. The best time to visit really depends on each traveler’s personal preferences.
This is why many people will tell you that Machu Picchu is a year-round destination.
June to August is also a popular time for travelers who choose the hardest, most exciting way to get to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail.
From Lima, you can either fly domestically which will take around an hour. Book in advance is recommended if you want to take this route.
Weather Conditions Throughout the Year
January, February & March – Rainy season. February typically sees
the most rain.
April & May – Shoulder season months between rainy and dry weather conditions. Overall pleasant climate and warm-to-cool temperatures.
June, July & August – Dry season. Days are warm, the nights are cool.
September, October & November – Shoulder season months between dry and rainy weather conditions. Overall pleasant climate and warm-to-cool temperatures.
December – The number of visits to Machu Picchu increases due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. The weather is warm. Rains occur more frequently, especially in the afternoons. Mornings are usually sunny.
The best time of day to visit Machu Picchu is in the early morning or mid-afternoon. The crowds tend to be at their heaviest from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In conclusion, there is never a bad time to visit Machu Picchu. The best time to visit Machu Picchu simply depends on your personal preferences and travel dates.
In order to see Machu Picchu at your own pace without having to stick to a schedule with others, which is important to avoid the crowds, is to go with our travel agency that provides a round-trip transfer service, train tickets, Machu Picchu entry tickets and plus guided tour. Just contact us.