Peru has two distinct seasons. The dry season starts in mid April and ends mid November. Rainy season takes full hold in mid December to mid March. For obvious reasons, the dry season or the shoulder seasons is the ideal time of year for trekking the Inca Trail.
December to April: The rainy season starts in December, and continues to March. January and February are the rainiest months. In fact, the Inca Trail is closed for February. December and March have rain nearly every day, but usually not a ton of rain all at once. April can go either way. It can have rain or beautiful weather.
May to June: These months are usually warm and dry. As the rainy season isn’t too distant, the landscape is still lush and green.
July to November: These months are dry and cool. The landscape starts to brown. You might start getting a bit of rain starting in September, but it’s not frequent.
Note: Keep in mind Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu are high in elevation, and the weather can change at any time. While these descriptions of the weather are the general trend, you should always be prepared for hot sunshine, cold rain, and everything in between.
Inca Trail permits sell out the quickest for the months of April through August. Permits for April, May, and June usually sell out immediately, as soon as permits go on sale (usually in October of the previous year). March, July, and August follow quickly after that. For the rest of the year, permits tend to sell out a few months in advance.
RECOMMENDED INCA TRAIL TREKS
Unique 5-day Inca Trail Trek itinerary gets you away from the crowds and gives more time to explore ruins Acclimatize for the trek with off the beaten path hikes to explore the best ruins and sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley in this 9 day adventure Expert guides, cooks, and equipment make this a truly top-notch experience, starting and ending at the Cusco airport Trip Length: 9 Days Destinations: Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru Lodging: Comfortable camping, & boutique 3-star plus hotels Activities: Trekking, Inca ruins Dates: Trips depart every Saturday, March - December
Actively explore 3 islands in the Galapagos to see the iconic wildlife Unique 5-day Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu Hike off the beaten path to explore Cusco & the Sacred Valley Trip Length: 16 Days Destinations: Santa Cruz, Isabela, & San Cristobal Islands, Galapagos; Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, & Machu Picchu, Peru Lodging: 3-star hotels in the Galapagos, 3-star plus hotels in Peru, & comfortable tent camping on the Inca Trail Activities: Wildlife viewing, snorkeling, hiking, optional surfing or boogie boarding, optional Scuba diving, optional kayaking, optional stand up paddle boarding, multi-day trekking, Inca ruins Dates: Trips begin every Sunday, March to December
Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in ultimate luxury and comfort Gourmet meals, portable showers, even your very own massage therapist ensure your comfort Visit the best sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley prior to trekking. Trip Length: 9 Days Destinations: Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu Lodging: 5-Star Hotels & Deluxe tent camping Activities: Challenging multi-day trekking, visiting Inca ruins Dates: This is a private trip just for you and can start on any date (as long as Inca Trail permits are available)