The best month to visit Machu Picchu is probably June. July and August are also a great time to book a tour. What makes the period May through September the ideal one to hike the Inca Trail or visit the ruins is that it does not rain.
June, being the best month to visit Machu Picchu is at the beginning of the high season also known as the dry season. During the Peruvian winter, it does not rain, making your trip a dry experience. Also, the temperature in the Andes during the day ranges between 62 F to 66 F degrees. Early mornings do tend to be a bit colder though.
The shoulder season months with limited rainy days, are during the months of April, May, Oct and Nov. December through March is the rainy season.
Why June is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Besides the great weather with amazing blue skies, June still shows a bit of green throughout the Andes. After months of daily rains (December to March, the low season), the mountains near Cusco and the Sacred Valley display a beautiful green. Later in the winter and due to a lack of rain, the scenery seems more “brown”.
June also hosts the famous Inti Raymi festival every June 24th. The festival is a famous Inca tradition, where Cusco honors the son with a large number of festivities and events. The sun was an essential part of the Inca’s religion. “Mother Earth” (Pacha Mama) and the sun represented the essential parts of life within the Inca culture.
When should you visit and trek Machu Picchu?
Early planning to select the activities you will include during your visit to Machu Picchu is very important. Not only because there are limited passes allow each day for sale, but also, you want to gain access to Huayna Picchu, the mountain behind the citadel. If passes are not available, you can get passes for Machu Picchu mountain.
Why is it best to travel to Peru between May and September?
Given that rain is limited during May and September, this time of the year is also great to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The trail can only be accessed as part of a group led by authorized tour operators.
There is a limited number of passes available for hikers – only 500 per day. Inca Trail permits sell out about 5 months in advance. Make sure to buy yours on time. Click the following link to view our top Inca Trail tours to Machu Picchu. You can trek to the ruins during the low season, but keep in mind that the Inca Trail is closed during the month of February for maintenance.