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

Traveling to Machu Picchu, Peru? If you're planning to go to Machu Picchu, here 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 Machu Picchu, Peru

Based on the climate and weather in Machu Picchu, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

Important essentials for Machu Picchu, Peru

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

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection possible.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

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


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good TSA-friendly choice.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may become worn. An unreadable card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.

General health necessities

Machu Picchu 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.


  • Supplements

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


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen

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What to wear/what to pack for Machu Picchu, Peru by month

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January

Traveling to Machu Picchu in January, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

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February

February in Machu Picchu is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. There is frost a bit less than half of the time. It rains most days.

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March

March in Machu Picchu is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. There is frost a bit less than half of the time. It rains about half of the time.

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April

If you go to Machu Picchu in April, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

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May

May in this region is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. There is frost about half of the time. It rains or snows 5-10 days this month.

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June

June in Machu Picchu is cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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July

July for Machu Picchu is chilly. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. There is frost about two thirds of the time.

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August

August in Machu Picchu is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost about half of the time.

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September

September is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day. There is frost about a third of the time. It rains or snows about a third of the time.

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October

October in Machu Picchu is chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (high 10s C).

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November

If you visit Machu Picchu during November, you will probably find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. There is frost about a third of the time.

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December

In December, Machu Picchu is relatively cool. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Machu Picchu, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. There is frost regularly.

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Activities for Machu Picchu, Peru

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

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