The Machu Picchu Weather: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Machu Picchu Weather: Machu Picchu is located in the southern Peru surrounded by the Andes and the Amazon Jungle could be said to have a comparatively mild climate. Machu Picchu typically has two seasons – the dry season from April to October and the rainy season from November to Marsh. April to November are the best times to visit, and also present the clearest mountain observations and high-quality weather for Machu Picchu Trips and trekking.
Machu Picchu weather facts
- Machu Picchu is located at 112 km northeast of Cusco city; it is situated in the cloud forest:
- Machu Picchu is on lower altitude than Cusco
- Machu Picchu has a warmer and more humid climate than Cusco
- Machu Picchu can be clouding all year round – especially in the morning
- As Machu Picchu is closer located to the jungle, rain can fall all year round
Machu Picchu is situated on an altitude of about 1000 meters lower than Cusco and relatively close the Amazon Rainforest just over 112 kilometers away, the weather in Cusco and Machu Picchu as you can imagine is quite unpredictable. Partially influenced by the grills of the Andean Highlands Climate, quickly changing weather, clouds interchanged with sunny moments and strong winds; together with the influences coming from the Amazon Basin, humidity and rain, it is obvious that Machu Picchu can have several seasons in one day.
The Classic Machu Picchu weather is dominated by the cloud formation; caused by the shock between the highland colder winds and the humidity coming from the tropical jungle area. In general the weather in Machu Picchu knows two seasons; the wet and the dry season. The summer time is when there is more rain in the area. These are the months December through March.
Inca Trail is Closed
In February the INC; the National Cultural Institute, closes down the Inca Trail; as well for being too dangerous and to use the time to do maintenance and cleaning operations. The dry season would be from April to November, but especially in the beginning and end you can never exclude some rain in the evening and even during the day. At times, especially in the rainy season this makes for some days when Machu Picchu can hardly be seen from the surrounding Mountaintops.
The climate in that sector has also some characteristics that are found all over the region; thus, only two well defined seasons are distinguished: the rainy season between September to April, and the dry season from May to August. Nevertheless, Machu Picchu is found by the beginning of the Amazonian Jungle, so the chance of having rains or showers is latent by any time of the year.
In the hottest days it is possible to get even about 26° Celsius (78.8° Fahrenheit), while that in the coldest early mornings in June and July the temperature may drop to -2° C. (28.4° F); the average annual temperature is 16 degrees Celsius. Annually, there is an average of rains from 1571 mm. (61 in.) to 2381 millimeters (93 in.). It is obvious that the monthly relative humidity is in direct relationship to rains, so the humidity average is from 77% during the dry months to 91% in the rainy.
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