The mornings are too crowded. The National Park of Machu Picchu is open from 6 am to 5:30 pm 365 days a year. The early mornings are usually foggy and foggy, the sunrises over Machu Picchu have little chance in the rainy season. With the new tickets for the year 2019 per hour and 1 ticket per person, the general congestion will be reduced. Afternoons are still the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds.
One of the worst problems to get to Machu Picchu has been the waiting line for Aguas Calientes buses. Now with the new entrance tickets per hour we expect much less congestion as there is no reason to run to Machu Picchu exactly at 6 am.
Visiting in the evenings will be the best time to explore with fewer visitors around and there are several night trains, to return to Cusco at night. The sunrise is around 6 am every day and the sunset is around 5:30 pm
Basically in Machu Picchu there are two seasons. A dry season and a wet season. At the end of November, the rainy season begins, and then at the end of March, it is reduced to the “dry” season.
Machu Picchu is located in the mountains at 8,000 feet / 2,438 m above sea level, and altitude can affect weather patterns that cause sudden changes and changes, sometimes in a matter of minutes.
The rainy season does not mean a non-stop rain, it means that the threat of rain is greater during this time of year and the incidence of rain is more frequent.
February is usually the high peak of the wet season and the greatest amount of rain can occur during January and February. The least amount of rain is in June / July.
The Inca Trail is closed in February for annual maintenance, which makes sense during the wettest season of the year.
In the northern hemisphere, it is usually the “summer” holidays in June, July and August, when the climate in Peru is the driest, this is also the peak travel season, in many countries they are also on vacation during this time of year. year and many of its citizens come to tour the ruins of Machu Picchu. If you have the possibility to travel from March to the beginning of May or from the end of September to November, you will see fewer tourists with low levels of rain. Some consider a valuable compensation.
Everyone is advised to wear rain gear at all times.
The “summer” holidays in the southern hemisphere are in December, January and February. The fact that it is the rainy season does not mean that I can not travel to Peru and Macchu Pichu during this time. You just have to be prepared for the fog, the clouds, the sun and the rain all on the same day. That is the beauty of the high mountains.
We have a list of holidays in Peru
Depending on how far in advance you book your trip and how much you like to be surrounded by crowds.
Easter. March or April. The dates change every year
June 24 – Inti – Raymi Festival. Cusco is the center of the festivities of the Sun God and on weekends the historic center of the city can be closed to traffic. The congestion begins around the middle of June and continues until the end of the month.
July 28 – Independence Day of Peru. Peruvians take their family vacations and the last 2 weeks of July is very congested . It includes Machu Picchu, as well as other parks and attractions throughout the country.
August – The entrance tickets to Machu Picchu always sell out. Visitors from the northern hemisphere are on their summer vacations. This is one of the “busiest” months of the year in Machu Picchu.
October – This is the second busiest month.
November – Tickets and permits for the Inca Trail are sold out at the end of the month before they run out at the beginning of the month. Many people travel during the week of Thanksgiving in the United States.
December – Christmas and New Year. The hotels will be reserved at their maximum capacity from December 20 to January 2. Fortunately, Cusco has a large number of hotels of all levels.
The prices of trains and entrance tickets are maintained the same year. Some luxury hotels will offer seasonal discounts on their sites. If we had to choose a low season, it would be from mid-January to the end of February.
The Inca Trail hike of 4 days as the Inca Trail, as the Inca Trail hike of 2 days require permits that we can obtain throughout the year, if available. The Inca Trail is closed every February for maintenance. (Machu Picchu is still open and can be accessed by train). The number of people on the 4-day Inca Trail does not change from year to year because it is limited to 500 people per day, including porters and guides.
It is impossible for any operator to guarantee hiking dates in May until the office opens and we buy permits. The annual Inca Trail excursion season begins on March 1 and ends on January 31 of the following year. Once the office is open and the government website is up to date, we can tell you immediately what dates are available.