PERU: MACHU PICCHU

“Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.”
Hiram Bingham

Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Inca’s’, is Latin America’s most famous archeological site. Due to it’s remote, mountaintop location it was never discovered by the Spaniards and therefore remained well preserved. After the city was abandoned in 1572 it was virtually forgotten until the American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered it in 1912. With the swirling clouds and surrounding jagged mountains, the ancient and mysterious citadel is a top bucket list experience! Aguas Calientes is the nearest small town just below the site where the hotels are located.

Best Time To Visit Machu Picchu

The very best time to visit Machu Picchu is between May and September which are the driest months. This gives you the highest chance of seeing Machu Picchu on a clear day. April and October are also both good months to visit. If you want to avoid the crowds, but with a slightly higher chance of rain, then you can visit in November and December too. Generally we advise against visiting in January and February which are the wettest months.

best time to visit machu picchu

Weather Averages in Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Weather Averages

Machu Picchu Highlights

Machu Picchu is Latin America’s most visited and iconic site. Here are our highlights for this top bucket list destination.

  • Watch grazing llamas in the Central Plaza
  • Navigate to the Caretakers Hut for the best panoramic views
  • Stay a night in Aguas Calientes to visit the site again the next morning
  • Climb Huayna Picchu for dizzying views - not for sufferers of vertigo!
  • Choose Machu Picchu Mountain for another view of the site

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