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Weather on the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Weather on the 2 Day Inca Trail and in Cusco region is different from some other parts of the World. Here in Cusco we have 2 main seasons.

  • The dry season runs from late April through to early October.
  • The wet season starts mid to late October and ends in April.

But, When is the best time of the year to do 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

The Hike can technically be completed all year round, the peak trekking season to Machu Picchu occurs during the dry season and is busiest between May and September. So, the best time of year to do 2 days Inca Trail runs from the shoulder of wet months March/April all the way through to the shoulder of dry months October/November.

****In the rainy season (November to February), we have heavy tropical showers frequently. The Cusco region has a tropical high mountainous type of weather. That means our weather can change quickly from sunshine to a rain showers within a few minutes. Two blocks away, it might not be raining. The showers are localized and then move on. A few clouds form (usually in the afternoons), it rains for a few minutes and then out comes the sun again. We do not usually have rain all day long, only occasionally in the rainy season. The weather reports are very misleading. It can show on the weather forecast that it is raining every day; but all that means is that somewhere in our mountainous region there will be a shower. It can be rainy in one area of Cusco and completely dry in another area.

In regards to the weather on the Inca Trail is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. It is tropical mountaineous weather.  A major factor that affect the weather on the Inca Trail depends on whether it is the rainy season or the dry season.  The 1 and 2 day Inca Trails are at lower altitude than Cusco, 1,000 meters or about 3,000 feet lower.  Thus it tends to be a bit warmer during the day and at night.

Weather on the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


As with all outdoor hikes, we’d recommend you spend some time researching weather conditions for the dates you are interested in visiting so that you are well prepared.


May through September is dry season. That doesn’t mean it won’t ever rain, but you’ll find it should be mostly dry with an occasional light shower.


The rainy season usually starts from November and lasts until end of March. During these months you may experience heavy tropical showers frequently.


Average Temperatures

Daytime: 68°F – 80°F (20°C – 27°C) Night time: 50°F – 64°F (10°C – 18°C)

Best Time to hike the 2 day Inca Trail

  • The peak season for Machu Picchu is during the region’s dry season, when sunny conditions are most probable. However, this also comes with a greater number of tourists visiting.
  • The low season for Machu Picchu is during the rainy season. There are fewer tourists and less crowding during this time, but there’s also a much higher probability of heavy rain so you’ll need to make sure you pack your rain gear

Why hike the 2 days Inca Trail?

  • You are hiking the last 1/3 of the famous Classic Inca Trail that everyone worldwide desires to hike.
  • It is a trek through history with archeological sites all along the way to view and explore.
  • The views from the Sun Gate to Machu Picchu Citadel are spectacular.
  • You have the opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • You are hiking the actual trail that the Ancient Incas hiked more than 600 year ago.
  • You get to visit Machu Picchu Citadel twice, the 1st and 2nd day of the trek.

Weather on the 2 Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was updated on April 2023