Climate For Peru And Machu Picchu

Climate Graph for Cuzco

Due to its geography and topography, the climate in Machu Picchu's National Sanctuary varies widely. The mountain peaks at around 6,270 meters above sea level, showing very low temperatures, and the lower areas, averaging around 2,000 meters above sea level, have a milder climate.

Temperatures in the Machu Picchu area vary from the upper zone to the canyon bottom, though, generally speaking, the climate is mild, showing mainly subtropical features: it is warm and humid - hot in the daytime, and cool at night.

Located in a subtropical area, it has lows ranging from 8° to 11.2° Celsius, though it can reach 0° Celsius at the higher altitudes. June and July share the coldest mornings, reaching -2° Celsius (28.4° F). During the rainy season (November through March), the temperatures reach 16 to 18° Celsius in the daytime and below 0°Celsius at night. Maximum temperatures range from 20 - 22 ° Celsius. The hottest days (not very frequent), can bring temperatures reaching about 26° Celsius (78.8° Fahrenheit). The dry season (April- October) brings temperatures reaching 23° Celsius in the daytime and 0° Celsius at night.


While the main rainy season in Machu Picchu lasts from December to March, the dry and sunny season lasts from April to November or December. During the springtime, September brings a special gift of gorgeous, subtropical landscape.

The rainy months represent around 80% of the annual rainfall average, which ranges from 1,600 to 2,300 mm. The average humidity is 77% during dry months and 91% during rainy months.

During the rainy season and rainy season shoulder months from October to April, frequent downpours are commonly followed by a blue and clear sky and bright sun. However, as its location is on the brow of the Amazon forest, rains can come in any month of the year, even during the dry season, from March to October.