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A Detailed Guide on the Best Time to Plan Machu Picchu Tours

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The best time of the year to Travel to Machu Picchu depends on many factors such as: t he size of the crowds you are dealing with, the weather, and the way you are planning to get there, and above all according to your personal preference. Here are some points to consider to have the best trip to Machu Picchu. also you can see here different options of Machu Picchu Tours.

Weather: in Machu Picchu can vary a lot, depending on the time of the year. We only have two seasons known as:

  • Dry season which runs from May to October, which is generally considered the best period to travel to machu picchu, with sunny days and fresh nights.
  • Rainy season, which starts in November until April, generally with frequent rains and humidity. It is considered the best time to save on travel.

Crowds: Machu Picchu is a highly touristy and very popular destination, for this reason mainly in the dry season during the months of June to August, and at Christmas and New Year’s holidays it is highly visited, so on these dates it is always crowded with visitors. If you do not like crowds, we suggest you to travel to Machu Picchu in the following months: May, April, September, October and November.

Entrance availability to Machu Picchu: the number of daily spaces is limited and requires an entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Park and a special permit for the Inca Trail. This amount of spaces can quickly finish during the season from June to September, for these months it is best to book the tour with at least 6 months in advance.

Keep in mind that in these months many people will travel to Machu Picchu, due to the weather, so it is considered high season.

Machu Picchu during the dry season

Definitely this is the best time, which runs from May to November, the weather as already indicated is perfect, this makes it an ideal time to travel to Machu Picchu and Cusco.
In this period from June to August thousands of travelers from the north hemisphere schedule their visit to Machu Picchu.

If you want to visit Machu Picchu with the same perfect weather conditions, but without crowds, we recommend the following months, April, May, October and November. At this time the weather is still sunny, without rain and with less number of visitors.

Machu Picchu during the rainy season

The rainy season is from December to March, in this period Machu Picchu offers a different experience than in the dry season. The weather is colder, rainy, with landscapes full with green vegetation.

If you dont have trouble with weather conditions such as rain, cold, sun, and want to save a little, this is the best period, because in this period there are always great discounts on all tourist services, such as hotels, flights, restaurants, etc..

Keep in mind that in this period during your visit you can experience rain, cold, as well as you can have one of the best views of Machu Picchu with the clouds in the middle.

In this season there are usually less visitors, and it is a good period for those who prefer more private places.

The most recommended program for travel to Machu Picchu is in 6 days.

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