Generally speaking, the weather of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu varies along the length of the trek and can be pretty unpredictable and difficult to foresee. It does not only depends on the month of the year, but it also varies as you pass through different microclimates. In other words, the weather can change from location to location.
Therefore, during the Inca trail, you can experience cold, sun, hot, dry and wet moments. Usually, the days are usually bright and sunny. If rain falls, often the temperature will drop, and it can feel colder. During the nights, it can be quite cold.
The first two days it will most likely be drier, and it can be more humid on the third and fourth days. During the nights, the first two campsites are often cold, while the third night is more temperate. The rainy period in Peru begins at the end of November and lasts until March.
Although rain can make the hike a little more difficult and the Inca Trail is less popular in the rainy season, on the other hand, the landscapes benefit from the rain and are green and lush. Also, the trail will be less crowded.
Please note that the Inca Trail is closed in February, partly due to heavy rains that can cause erosion but also for maintenance and clean up.
We can say that the months between April and November are considered the best time for the Inca trail. Note that especially the nights are colder between half of May and half of July. January and March are the wettest months.
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