Machu Picchu When to Go
Peru's seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Summer in Peru is from December to February and winter from June to August. There's not a bad time to visit Peru, however as a very general recommendation the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu is from the beginning of April until the end of October which is during the dry season.
Average Temperatures and Rainfall
|Av. High (F)||66||66||67||68||68||67||67||68||68||70||69||68|
|Av. High (C)||19||19||19||20||20||19||19||20||20||21||20||20|
|Av. Low (F)||44||44||44||41||37||34||34||34||39||42||43||43|
|Av. Low (C)||7||7||7||5||3||1||1||1||4||6||6||6|
Peru is divided up into three distinct geographical regions: the coast, the mountain highlands and the jungle.
The Mountain Highlands (Cusco, Lake Titicaca, etc)
Mid April - October.
This period is the dry season, with hot, dry days and cold, dry nights, often hovering just above freezing, particularly in June and July. May is perhaps the best month with the countryside exceptionally lush, yet with superb views and fine weather. You'll find the flowers in full bloom, the grass green and the streams full.
Peru's high season is from June to August which coincides with the dry season and summer holidays in North America and Europe. You'll find Cusco a pretty cosmopolitan city with tourists from all over the globe converging on Machu Picchu.
November - Mid April
This is the wet season with most rain in January and February. It's usually clear and dry most mornings with outbursts of heavy rain in the afternoons. The daily temperatures are typically mild with only a small drop at night.
The Inca Trail is much less crowded during this period and there's a more abundant fresh water supply, but of course be well equipped for the rain. You'll also find some roads may become impassable particularly when trying to visit villages off the beaten track.
Many of Peru's major festivals such as Carnival and Easter Week take place during this period.
Next >> Getting to Machu Picchu