Machu Picchu, Peru: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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:

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.

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

January

In January, Machu Picchu is relatively cool. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 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 a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof luggage

February

February 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 high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans

March

March in Machu Picchu is crisp. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

April

In April, Machu Picchu is relatively cool. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s 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 several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Socks

May

If you go to Machu Picchu in May, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain or snow regularly.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens

June

If you are traveling to Machu Picchu in June, you will notice that it is crisp. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves or mittens

July

If you go to Machu Picchu in July, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots

August

If you go to Machu Picchu in August, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain or snow once in a while.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks

September

If you visit Machu Picchu during September, you are likely to find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet 5-10 days this month. There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

October

Traveling to Machu Picchu in October, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain or snow about a third of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C). There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella

November

In November, Machu Picchu can be chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Machu Picchu, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear

December

If you vacation in Machu Picchu during December, you are likely to find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 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 about half of the time. There is frost regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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. 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.

  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and C
  • A SIM card that works in Machu Picchu
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing

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