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Best time to hike Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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The best time to hike Inca Trail is before and after the rainy season, also considered shoulder season, which is late April, May, and September, October, and early November. The dry season months, which are June July, and August, are great too. However, the crowds can get very heavy during this time

The reason to hike the Inca Trail during these months is that everything comes into bloom!. The mountains are blanketed in shades of green, and you’ll see a lot of flowers and orchids in bloom along the trail. The weather is still predominantly dry, temperatures are pleasing.  Permits may sell out slightly less fast as in the peak months and The trails are not yet likely to be overrun with hikers.

There is no wrong season for going on a hike because there is always something special to experience in any month. Check out our breakdown of What to Expect on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!.

When to go to Machu Picchu?

To know when to visit the world wonder you must take into account two aspects: the rainy season and the availability of the attractions you wish to visit.

  • The rainy season in the area is from November to March, reaching a maximum of 98 mm in February. This implies the use of rain ponchos and possible fog during your visit. In general, it is not considered the best time to travel.
  • Regarding availability, the citadel is open 365 days a year, as are the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. The Inca Trail routes, either the 4-day Classic Inca Trail or the 2-day Short Inca Trail, close every year throughout the month of February for maintenance work.

Can I go during the rainy season?

While the rainy season is not the best time, it does offer some advantages. For example, you will be able to see the Peruvian wonder surrounded by a mystical mist or, with a little luck, crowned by a beautiful rainbow after a drizzle. Doesn’t that sound nice?

However, if you decide to take the Inca Trail, Juve Travel Peru’s recommendation is to avoid taking it during the rainy season (November to March). Don’t forget that during February, the two Inca Trail routes will be completely closed for maintenance.