On average, Machu Picchu weather is pleasantly warm during the day and then cools off at night. Temperatures in the region range between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (12 and 24 degrees Celsius). More so than temperature, weather at Machu Picchu is distinguished more by its dry season and wet season.
The tropical mountain forest surrounding Machu Picchu area receives close to 77 inches (1,955 mm) of rainfall per year on average. While the greatest amount of rainfall occurs between November and March during the rainy season, rain can also be expected during some days in the dry season from April to October.
Rainy & Dry Season
Rainy Season at Machu Picchu
The climate is rainy between November and March. The rains, which are copious, rapidly alternate with periods of intense sunshine.
Dry Season at Machu Picchu
Dry and warm is more typical from April to October. For many, the dry season offers the most desirable weather to visit Machu Picchu, so these months are also the busiest time at the archaeological site. During the months of June, July and August – peak travel season – daytime temperatures are warmest but night time temperatures are also more chilly.
Read more about the Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu.
Temperature at Machu Picchu
- The annual maximum temperature varies from 69 and 80°F (20.4 and 26.6°C).
- The annual minimum temperature varies from 46 and 52°F (8 to and 11.2°C).
However, Machu Picchu is located in a tropical cloud forest, between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin, where the rains are latent in all seasons. On the hottest days it is possible to reach approximately 80°F (27°C) during the day, and in the coldest early mornings in June and July the temperature can drop significantly.
The monthly relative humidity is directly related to rainfall, for which the average humidity is 77% during the dry months and 91% in the rainy months.
At Machu Picchu, to avoid the tourist crowds during the peak dry season and muddy conditions during the low rainy season, some travelers consider the benefits of visiting during shoulder season months between rainy and dry weather conditions. Overall pleasant climate and warm-to-cool temperatures. April, May, September, October, and November are considered shoulder months.
- Sweater or jacket
- Hat or cap
- Raincoat (especially during the rainy season)
- Comfortable boots or walking shoes
- Insect repellent