If you are planning to make a trip to Machu Picchu, in the beautiful high in the Andes city of Cusco, Peru, the most visited world heritage site of UNESCO, you need to check the weather conditions before you plan your trip, in order to be certain, you will have a worry-free trip.
Cancellations due to adverse climate are frequent and you don’t want to see your planned trip go to waste.
The weather in the Andes is generally hard to predict, because of there are a lot of mountains, tall peaks, as well as highland plateaus in the regions. As a result, there are many altitudinal zones around the area, each with different temperature characteristics.
Located on an altitude of about 1000 meters lower than Cusco and relatively close the rainforest of the Amazon, the weather in Machu Picchu is quite challenging, in less extend to their habitants, but that is just because their vast experience dealing with this erratic climate.
Partially influenced by the grills of the climate of Andean Highlands, quickly changing weather, clouds interchanged with sunny moments and strong winds, Machu Picchu can offer many climates even within the borders of their sanctuary city.
Machu Picchu Weather Conditions
Even though South American is best known for its mild temperatures. Keep in mind that the average temperatures in this historic area can range from 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, with just some small variations throughout a year.
The subtropical areas around Machu Picchu has an annual dry and rainy season, while Machu Picchu most of the time is surrounded with plenty of fog under any weather conditions.
During the wet season, there is more heavy rain. During this period, trails inside the city and the ladders may become slippery. Overall, the region has a sub-tropical feel throughout the year with average temperatures of 18 C (64 F) within a day.
During the dry season, the humidity ranges between 40-45%, rising to 60-65% during the wet season.
When to Visit Machu Picchu
The best time to visit the Sacred City of Machu Picchu is during the dry season; July and August.
Avoid visiting this amazing place between January and February, where there is a lot of rain. Keep in mind also that many tourists visit the area between November and April, in order to avoid crowded places, think Disneyland for a second.
For example, if you wish to avoid heavy crowds, you can visit Machu Picchu during the rainy season, but you need to know the closing dates and check the weather in case of extreme conditions in the area.
Special Considerations when Visiting Machu Picchu
Even though you might want to visit this historic area during the rainy season, you have to take into consideration a number of facts, before start to planning your trip in this southern part of Peru.
You need to find all the information you need before planning your trip, in order to know what places and historic monuments are closed during this period of the year. For example, the Inca Trail is closed during the month of February, due to possible hazardous weather conditions. Although you may find some other routes open during this period, you need to remember also that many roads, as well as other passes may close without any warnings for the travelers, because of sudden flooding and landslides.
Weather conditions can suddenly change around this area. So, you need to have patience, remain flexible and well informed before visiting Machu Picchu. It’s better to buy your tickets in advance, especially if you are planning to pay a visit in this area during the peak season, in order to avoid problems with transportation.
I would love for you to enjoy every single space of Peru and have the time of your life while visiting Machu Picchu and other cities and monuments. Always take in consideration the climate of Lima, and Cusco or the cities you are visiting. Plan ahead as much as possible and be prepared. Pick the items you need to pack carefully and with an eye on the expecting weather. But above all, enjoy and have fun in our beautiful Peru.