The Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu, Peru

The Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu, Peru
The ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru are a popular tourist site and have recently been declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Determining the best time to visit the site regarded by many to be the "Lost City of the Incas" will depend on many factors such as the weather and even the time of day.

Tourist Season

The busy tourist season at Machu Picchu runs from June to August, when the site can get as many as 3,000 visitors in one day.

Weather

From May to October, weather is generally mild at Machu Picchu, with temperatures cool and little rain (typically averaging just two days of rain a month). Peru's rainy season is from December to April, when the weather is warmer and rain showers are common (averaging 13 days of rain a month).

Closed

During February, the Inca Trail, which is a 26-mile trail that leads to Machu Picchu, is closed due to the rain. This does not mean that Machu Picchu itself is closed, only that this famous four-day hike is unavailable.

Market

If you hope to visit Machu Picchu when there are fewer people, consider going on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, when the nearby town of Pisac has its large craft market. Tour groups tend to stop at the market, leaving the ruins of Machu Picchu relatively quiet.

Best Time

The best time of day to visit Machu Picchu tends to be either early in the day (before sunrise), or later in the day (after 3 p.m.), when most tour groups have left.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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