What is the best time of the year to Do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

What is the best time of the year to Do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

In short, April to October are the best months to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Year after year we have the great opportunity to do the famous trek and we had learned the Do’s and Don’ts of hiking the Inca trail. If you keep reading we give you more useful information about it.

Everything is about the unpredictable and sometimes weird weather of the Andes. During Winter (what we call the dry season) there’s not raín and no clouds; instead you’ll have a shining sun. Temperatures can even drop to 0º during the nights, so be prepared.

That’s why those months is called the high season. Everybody knows June, July, and August are the better months to hike the Inca Trail especially because of the magnificent views and also because the trail is safer.

But sometimes you prepare your trip to the dry season and suddenly rain falls; so the best is to be ready. Get with you Waterproof jacket, shoes and anything else you may need.

But Why So Much noise about the Inca Trail?

  • Well, we are going to give you some reasons:
  • The Inca Trail is known as one of the most incredible, interesting and tough trails of the world.
  • You need 4 days to complete it, they are 42 Km.
  • The weather can be challenging as we start in a winding-cold  climate to end up in a jungle-like weather
  • You go through some really high passes; the highest? the 4220 masl pass known as the Dead Woman Pass.
  • And the last but not the least: The hike ends in Machu Picchu.
  • Should we keep talking?

Only approximately 100 agencies got the permission to hike along with the almost 90.000 people per year who want madly to trek the Inca trail. So you may be really quick to book your entrance once you know when exactly you will come. Depending on the season will be easier or not to get it.

When NOT to do the Inca Trail?

inca trail during rainy season
Some stretches of the Inca Trail can be dangerous during rainy season

Ok, as you must suppose, from November to March are the no very nice months to hike. Even the government of Peru close the trail during February due to the heavy rains (Machu Picchu remains open to the public, don’t panic)

But also during the high season, a couple of dates are complicated to hike or even to visit Peru. At the end of June the people of Cusco celebrate Inti Raymi the festival to pay tribute to the god sun, tradition that comes from the Inca Empire; and at July the 28th is Peru independence day, that is to say, those months are particularly full of celebrations, street parties but also full of tourist from everywhere even from Peru.

The Secret

Inca trail in April
The best time is April, at the end

And we have a secret to share with you: the best, best, best time ever is when April is finishing. Because before the real cold start everything is green and pretty and also is just before the high season start and you might find good deals; Shsssss don’t tell anybody.

We have many of those really good deals, it’s not by chance we are Inca Trail Deals

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