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Best time to visit Machu Picchu

Check Machu Picchu off your travel bucket list with our guide on the best time to visit.

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A trip to Peru wouldn't be complete without including a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world – the ancient mountain-top citadel of Machu Picchu. Visitors can choose to come via train out of Cusco but you can also hike here via the Inca trail.

No matter when you choose to visit, we have the scoop on how to avoid the crowds and rains.

Best time to visit Machu Picchu

We recommend visiting in April-May or September-October for a little rain and thinner crowds.

For the ultimate best weather, travel to Machu Picchu from June to August when the days are dry and bright, making it perfect for photos.

The best time of the day to visit is first thing in the morning when the site opens at 6am or later in the afternoon after 3pm. You'll avoid the noon sun as well as the peak crowds of the day.

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Machu Picchu experiences four seasons: summer, winter, spring and autumn. Peak travel season is June to August when the weather is at its best for taking photos without the risk of rain or mist.

We recommend planning and booking well in advance as there are a limited number of entrance tickets to the ruins.

Shoulder months from April to May (autumn) and September to October (spring) offer pleasant climates with a few rainy days that dry up by midday.

The rainy season runs from November to March. If you are planning to hike to the citadel, avoid visiting in the peak rainy season (February) as the official Inca trail is closed. But visiting during this time means fewer crowds and a chance to witness orchid blooming season.

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