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Best Season to Visit Inca Trail

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

Cusco has one of the most variable climates, but we tell you two in particular the dry and wet season, and yes, it is possible to do the Inca Trail in either of them. However, each comes with its pros and cons.

(May – October) is the dry season

Pros: Enjoying the scenery at its best is priceless and this season offers you sunny mornings and dry afternoons perfect for this trek.
Cons: It could be considered a disadvantage if you do not like to socialize because this season falls in the highest season from June to August, the routes will be more crowded, the campsites will be full and you will probably have to book a year in advance because the entrance quotas are gone in the blink of an eye. And finally, the nights will be colder.

(November – April) is the wet season.

You should be ready for some rainy days. But as we said before the weather in Cusco is very unpredictable, it may rain one day during the tour and the rest are sunny, that’s good luck.

Pros: There will be less crowds both on the road and in the lost city of Machu Picchu, some agencies reduce their normal price, you will have the possibility to book a month in advance or even a week in advance and the nights will be less cold.

Cons: The worst will be the rains, but if you don’t have any problems because of that, it will be 4 or super fun days, make sure you bring good trekking shoes or you will have unpleasant times because of the slippery routes.

Please note that the Inca Trail is closed in February for everyone to allow for replenishment.

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