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While it is true that Cusco’s climate varies throughout the year according to seasonal changes, it is also true that there are two constants that remain from January to December: if you are in the sun you will be hot – usually during the day -, and if you are in the shade you will be cold – on cloudy days and during the night.

That said, and to be more specific, the climate in Cusco and the climate in Machu Picchu are characterized by two seasons: the rainy season (December – April) and the dry season (May – November).

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Rainy Season Temperature

During the day
16°C – 18°C

During the night
0°C

Temperature in dry season

Daytime
17°C – 19°C

Night time
0°C

What to wear during the rainy season in Machu Picchu?

The rainy season runs from November to March. The weather at this time is characterized by the heaviest rainfall of the year. Although these do not occur throughout the day, it is important to prevent their effects with appropriate clothing. Here is what you should wear on your trip:

  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Waterproof vest.
  • Cotton polo shirt.
  • Windbreaker.
  • Waterproof pants.
  • Leggins (for women).
  • Cotton socks.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Gloves.
  • It is not advisable to wear shorts or skirts due to the mosquitoes in the area.
  • If you travel with children it is important to bring a baby carrier and light and warm clothes.

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What to wear during the dry season in Machu Picchu?

The dry season runs from April to October. The climate is characterized by being warm, with a pleasant temperature. Rains can occur although much less frequently than the rainy season. This is the appropriate clothing to wear during this season during your visit to Machu Picchu.

  • A hat or cap.
  • Polo shirt or cotton blouse.
  • Detachable pants.
  • Leggins (for women).
  • Cotton socks.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • It is not advisable to wear shorts or skirts due to the mosquitoes in the area.
  • If you travel with children it is important to bring a baby carrier and light and warm clothes.

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