The best times to visit Machu Picchu for ideal weather are
April 9th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
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Weather in Machu Picchu
Average temperatures in Machu Picchu vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 16th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Machu Picchu, the hottest months are November, October, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early November where highs are regularly around 73.9°F (23.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 45.7°F (7.6°C) at night.
Machu Picchu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Machu Picchu Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Machu Picchu Perceived Temperature (F)
Machu Picchu Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Machu Picchu Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Machu Picchu are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid February with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of February 19th.
When can you find snow in Machu Picchu? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Machu Picchu.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Machu Picchu (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Machu Picchu has some comfortably humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (31.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (56.6%).
Wind in Machu Picchu is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and September. November’s average wind speed of around 4.1 knots (4.7 MPH or 7.6 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late October where average top sustained speeds reach 14 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Machu Picchu.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||3.2||Barely noticeable||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Feb||3||Barely noticeable||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Mar||3.3||Barely noticeable||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Apr||3||Barely noticeable||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|May||2.8||Barely noticeable||10.4||Significant breeze|
|Jun||2.7||Barely noticeable||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3||Barely noticeable||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Aug||3.2||Barely noticeable||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Sep||3.7||Barely noticeable||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||3.8||Barely noticeable||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||4.1||Light breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||3.4||Barely noticeable||12.3||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Machu Picchu?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Peru; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 09, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Machu Picchu, Peru is May, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Machu Picchu in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Machu Picchu Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.4°F (21.3°C) and 67.2°F (19.6°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 1 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Machu Picchu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 73.9°F (23.3°C) and 71°F (21.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 1 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Machu Picchu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70.6°F (21.4°C) and 66.7°F (19.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 11 to 13 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.