Cuzco, Peru: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Cuzco, Peru? If you're planning to go to Cuzco, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Cuzco, Peru

Based on the climate and weather in Cuzco, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Cuzco, Peru

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Cuzco, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection available.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

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  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often become worn. An unreadable vaccination card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good TSA-friendly product.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.

General health necessities

Cuzco is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some. For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's important to take an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great option.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Cuzco, Peru by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

In January, Cuzco is crisp. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Cuzco, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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February

If you go to Cuzco in February, you will notice that it is cool. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

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March

March in this region is crisp. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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April

Traveling to Cuzco in April, you will notice that it is cool. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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May

May in Cuzco is mild and dry with little rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

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June

If you visit Cuzco during June, you may see that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally around 40 during the day.

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July

If you vacation in Cuzco during July, you may notice that it is cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

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August

August in Cuzco is cool and dry with little rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

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September

If you go to Cuzco in September, you will notice that it is mild. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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October

October here is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

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November

If you visit Cuzco during November, you are likely to see that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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December

In December, Cuzco is chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Cuzco, with several of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

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Activities for Cuzco, Peru

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Cuzco.

If you are planning to go to the beautiful Cusco Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

If you see a temple, such as Qoricancha, wear:

If you visit the Machu Picchu Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Palacio Inka del Kusikancha, take:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you can carry your stuff.

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