BEST TIME TO VISIT CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU

CLIMATE IN CUZCO, PERU. BEST TIME TO VISIT CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU. Hours of sunshine, overcast, rainfall, temperatures

Best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu

Cusco lies at an elevation of around 3400 m and has the following climate data:

Data on the Climate of Cusco, 3400m

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Record high C F

27.8
82

27.2
81

26.1
79

26.1
79

28.9
84

25.0
77

25.0
77

25.0
77

27.2
81

28.9
84

27.8
82

30.0
86

30.0
86

Average high C F

18.8
65.8

18.8
65.8

19.1
66.4

19.7
67.5

19.7
67.5

19.4
66.9

19.2
66.6

19.9
67.8

20.1
68.2

20.9
69.6

20.6
69.1

20.8
69.4

19.75
67.55

Average low C F

6.6
43.9

6.6
43.9

6.3
43.3

5.1
41.2

2.7
36.9

0.5
32.9

0.2
32.4

1.7
35.1

4.0
39.2

5.5
41.9

6.0
42.8

6.5
43.7

4.31
39.77

Record low C F

1.1
34

2.2
36

1.7
35.1

−3.9
25

−4.4
24.1

−5.0
23

−8.9
16

−5.0
23

−1.1
30

−1.1
30

−1.1
30

0.0
32

−8.9
16

Precipitation mm inches

145.3
5.72

133.7
5.264

107.0
4.213

43.2
1.701

8.7
0.343

1.5
0.059

4.0
0.157

8.6
0.339

21.8
0.858

39.4
1.551

71.9
2.831

122.7
4.831

707.8
27.867

Avg. precipitation days ≥ 0.1 mm

18

13

11

8

3

2

2

2

7

8

12

16

102

 % humidity

64

66

65

61

55

48

47

46

51

51

52

59

55.4

Mean monthly sunshine hours

143

121

170

210

239

228

257

236

195

198

195

158

2,350

Source 1: World Meteorological Organisation UN, BBC Weather

Source 2: Danish Meteorological Institute

 

CLIMATE CUSCO, PERU; Rainfall graph.BEST TIME TO VISIT CUSCO AND MACHU PICCHU: temperature graph.

 

Cusco, located on the Southern hemisphere, has its winter from May to August, which is the dry season with blue skies and cold night, often falling to the freezing point. The winter, from December to March, is the wet season, when skies are often overcast, particularly in the afternoons. So the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu is from April to November. Day temperature vary little in Cusco, making the Cusco climate mild and comfortable.  The climate of Cusco, Peru, extends to much of the Sacred Valey, being the heart of the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo, the Inca Trail, but not to Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.

 

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The best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu is from April to November, which coincides with the vacation on the Northern hemisphere.

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