The Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

The Lost City of the Incas, aka Machu Picchu, draws some 1.2 million visitors yearly to its incredible stone vestiges left behind on a remote mountain. 

With visitor numbers still down on those registered pre-pandemic, now remains a brilliant time to head to the former Inca citadel located in the south of Peru.  

However, weather concerns can affect your experience, which is why this story aims to help you identify the best time to visit Machu Picchu.

December to March (rainy season)

At the Inca site, the average temperature ranges between 12 and 24°C (54-75°F). You can expect showers mostly in the afternoon. 



May to September  (dry season)

Unlike most tropical areas, Peru and, specifically, Machu Picchu is colder during the dry season, but you’re less likely to experience an overcast day. 


April, October and November (shoulder season)

It’s better to visit during the last month of dry weather (October) before the rainy season starts. 


Which months are better for avoiding crowds at Machu Picchu? 

August received the most visitors, with more than 4,800, and December was the least, with 1,900.


So, when is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

The months of April, October and November provide the opportunity to avoid the worst of the weather and the majority of other tourists. 

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