Best time to visit Machu Picchu and Cusco

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Best time of year to visit Machu Picchu and Cusco

Despite occasional rainy days, April to May and September to October are deemed to be the best time to visit Machu Picchu. These are the periods when the weather is pleasant, the crowds are thinner, and the events like Warachikuy occur. June through August, a peak of the dry season, sees the surge of tourism and inflated room rates, but if that doesn't bother you, why not experiencing all those amazing trails and marvelling at how the salt is harvested at Salinas de Maras? Low season from November to March is famous for rain downpours, peaking in February and causing closures of the Inca Trail. If you are a real dare-devil, don't shy away from bright Cusco Christmas celebrations and Cusco Carnival during winter.


Inca Trail High Season

April–October  • activity

One of the most popular trails in the world offers you stunning landscapes, natural beauties and ancient civilization’s ruins

Macaw Clay Lick

August–March  • nature

A colorful army comes to eat the minerals


May–October • nature

Machu Picchu isn't the only "lost city" to visit in Peru. Discover Choquequirao too!

Cacao Harvest Season

April–August  • activity

Enjoy the process of making one of the sweetest things in the world - from cacao beans to chocolate

Salt Harvest at Salinas de Maras

May–October • nature

See thousands of salt terraces placed high in the mountains in the Sacred Valley of Incas

Hot Springs

May–October • activity

Take some time in your exploration to relax in healing hot springs between the green hills of the Andes


November–March (all year round) • activity

These terraced circular depressions leave scientists puzzled


Inti Raymi

June 24 • event

This ancient religious ritual survived till today and represents the most famous festival in Cusco

Qoyllur Rit'i or Star Snow Festival

May 27–29, 2018 • event

Thousands of pilgrims walk to the foots of Andes to welcome new circle of life or honor the Lord


September 16, 2018 • event

Inspiring event when young sons of Incas show their strength and overcome different trials by fire

Christmas in Cusco

December 24 • event

Summer heat is not an obstacle to celebrate Christmas and drink hot chocolate

Virgen del Carmen

July 15–July 18 • event

Towns of Paucartambo and Pisac near Cusco are homes to a festival dedicated to Virgen del Carmen, a ceremony well worth attending

Cusco Carnival

February 27–March 05, 2019 • event

For those who like crowded and chaotic places with music, dance and other interesting activities, the right time to visit Peru is during the Carnival

Fruits Season

December–March  • food

Fruit lovers, prepare for the time of your life

Corpus Christi

May 31, 2018 • event

It is a colorful ceremony parading through the streets of Cusco, celebrating both Catholic and Inca tradition

Fiesta De Las Cruces

May 03 • event

This festival represents a special religious tradition of carrying decorated crosses up the hill

Q’eswachaka Bridge Weaving

June • activity

This Inca bridge is a connection between the past and the present, and its renovation is a real tradition for locals

Señor de Huanca

September 14 • event

A pilgrimage visited every year by thousands of believers

Señor de los Temblores

April 02, 2018 • event

This festival is a tradition which Peruvians believe to be a way of Christ protecting them from earthquakes

Rafting Season

December–March • activity

Wild rivers of Peru provide the ultimate rafting adventure, with their canyons, rapids and stunning granite rocks

Yawar Fiesta or Festival of Blood

July 28 • event

Though cruel and bloody, this event symbolizes fight for freedom in Peru

Takanakuy—the Fighting Festival

December 25 • event

Any plans for Christmas? What about taking part in a traditional fight in Peru?

Cusqueña Beer Festival

June 01–June 07 • event

Visiting Cusco during June is a great opportunity to enjoy the Beer Festival