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About Seasons in Cusco

For an introductory note, we must say that tourism here in the Cusco region is divided in two seasons: rainy (low) and dry (high). Rainy season usually has less visitors, because of the pourings of course, but we will see that this is not the end of the story. Now dry season has a large number of visitors, because of the lack of rain. Then, which is the best season? When we break down this subject, it becomes clear that, luckily, our Cusco region can offer a nice trip at any time of the year, regardless!

Trip to Cusco on Rainy Season

  • Down here in the Cusco region, rainy or low season goes from November to March, months when we have rainfall two or three times a week. At first, it would seem this situation kills tourism: for example, why doing the Inca Trail under wet weather?
  • However, not everyone looks for the same kind of adventure trip and best season isn’t the same for everybody… actually, many tourists really don’t mind the rain and the other things which come along. Moreover, they look forward to it. 
  • For instance, making a trip to Cusco for the Classic 4-Day Inca Trail or the 5-Day Salkantay Trek, in this rainy season, means a lot more adventure, a lot more challenge, a lot more of defeating the powers of mighty Andean nature…
  • Our own experience and also research on tourism blogs and similars, show that many adventurers actually like and search for a kind of ultimate challenging trip in Cusco. This includes fighting heavy rains, muddy terrain, strong winds, that is, they want to bring up their inner soldier, their inner warrior and defeat the powers of nature unleashed, to finally arrive in glory at their final destination.
  • Now for the ones who want to do regular tourism, for example a 2-Day Machu Picchu package, there is indeed the chance of rain and having to use a plastic, rainproof cover… 
  • However, this can be compensated by having less people at the site and in consequence saving a lot of time in all activities during the trip. Also in low season you will find big discounts in everything, from lodging to shopping, making the Cusco trip a lot cheaper. Rainy season indeed is a travel experience for those who are more daring and adventurous. And for those who always look for a good discount without loss of product quality.
Doing the Vinicunca Hike on Rain Weather - Best Season Rainbow Mountain

Trip to Cusco on Dry Season

  • Now what we call dry or high season goes from April until late October. There is almost zero rain, maybe once or twice, a very light, brief one. Although the weather is mainly colder, the skies are always clear, no rain, no storms, no muddy paths… this surely sounds like best season for many people!
  • The amazing Cusco treks, like the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek or the Choquequirao Trek, become easier, calmer. This time of the year is highly recommended for those who are looking for a relaxing hike, while exercising and getting rid of the stress. 
  • On a Cusco trip in dry weather, no need for rainproof plastic covers or weatherproof coats over the backpack, not in Machu Picchu or anywhere else. All you have to do is bringing warmer clothes. This doesn’t mean the trails aren’t challenging anymore, but certainly it’s not a matter of heroism as in rainy season… it becomes a matter of good physical shape and endurance. 
  • On the other hand, prices do increase… but they still are very affordable for first-world standards. A trip to Cusco has many wonderful things to offer: the history and archaeology, the majestic Andean nature, gastronomy, the mystical energy of the mountains and more. It is certainly much cheaper than Paris!
Doing the Vinicunca Hike on Rain Weather - Best Season Rainbow Mountain

Cusco offers a best season for travelers at any time of the year! Contact our tourism professionals and start planning an unforgettable trip to Peru!

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