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When to visit Machu Picchu?

If you have already decided to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but you still don’t know when the best time to visit Machu Picchu is, we will help you discover it.

Machu Picchu, in Cusco, is in the middle of the jungle eyebrow of the Amazon basin and the Andes Mountains; therefore, the weather to be quite particular and changing. Because of this, there are two marked stations, each of them has its pros and cons, so only you can decide what is the ideal time to visit the Inca Citadel.

Dry season in Machu Picchu

Is this the best time to visit Machu Picchu? Between the months of April and November, in Machu Picchu, the sun shines throughout the day and there is almost no rain, allowing you to make, without great care, hiking to the mountains of Machu Picchu. In the same way, you can capture the best views of the Inca citadel at more than 2,400 meters above sea level with the clear blue sky. In addition, at this time, a large part of the celebrations are carried out in Cusco such as the Inti Raymi.

However, you will have to take turns in places as it coincides with the high season. On these dates, entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets and hotels, must be booked at least 3 months in advance. If you want to make experiences like the Inca Trail or the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will have to reserve your income 6 months before.

On the other hand, if you want to make excursions in the mountains of Machu Picchu, this is the best time. The mountain trails are narrow and vertiginous, and can be somewhat more frightening if they are wet.

Rainy season in Machu Picchu

The rainy season in Cusco runs from December to April is also the best time to visit Machu Picchu. During these months the intensity of the rains increases and, due to this, the visitors decrease. However, it is still possible to enjoy sunny and warm days. An important fact is that many tourist services begin to have offers that will favor visitors.

For many travelers, this season is the best time to come to the Inca Citadel. You will enjoy the citadel in its most intense green, alongside different dishes full of exotic fruits and vegetables, lower prices and something that most people want but that is impossible to obtain during the high season: Being in Machu Picchu with the least possible number of people, allowing you to take pictures of Machu Picchu without a lot of strangers in them.

Whether you want to enjoy the sunny days of the dry season or more convenient prices in the rainy season, Machu Picchu is the perfect destination to learn more about the Inca Culture.

Book your train tickets in advance and live an unforgettable experience with PeruRail.

How to get there?

To know how to reach this World Wonder we invite you to live a magical experience on board our trains:

  • PeruRail Expedition Train
  • PeruRail Vistadome Train
  • Belmond Hiram Bingham Train

Upon arriving at the Aguas Calientes station, you will have to take a bus to climb the Inca citadel. Bus tickets can be purchased in the city of Cusco on Av. Children or directly in Machu Picchu Pueblo at the bus stop that goes up to the Citadel, the sale is limited.

To know the services offered by each train, please go to Service Details page.

Entrance to Machu Picchu

The entrance to the Inca Citadel can be acquired in the Citadel itself or also in the INC of Cusco (Av. La Cultura 238, Huáscar Condo, in front of the university stadium) or by entering

What to wear

To enjoy Machu Picchu even more, in any of the two stations, we recommend you take the following:

  • Comfortable and warm clothes
  • Caps
  • Gloves
  • Wool socks
  • Bottled water
  • Chocolate
  • Lemon Candies
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip gloss

Happy to know when the best time to visit Machu Picchu is? The Inca Citadel is a unique and unparalleled destination regardless of the time in which you visit it. A place full of mysticism and culture that you cannot miss. We hope you have an unforgettable trip aboard our PeruRail Vistadome and PeruRail Expedition trains!

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