Cusco's weather: What you should know if you travel to the Imperial City

Reading : 4 min March 28 2023

Cusco is a beautiful city located in the middle of the Peruvian Andes, at 11, 200 ft altitude  (3,400 meters). It is known for its unique climate and dramatic weather changes. During the day, the sun is intense and temperatures can reach 77°F (25°C). However, at night the temperature can drop to 32°F (0°C). This is due to the high altitude and frequent winds blowing from the surrounding mountains.

The rainy season in Cusco usually goes from October to April. During this time, the city receives about 20 inches of rain per year. This can make the city quite wet and humid, so it is important to bring waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear. The dry season lasts from May to September, and temperatures can range from 60°F (15°C) to77°F (25°C). This is the best time to visit Cusco, as the weather is sunny and dry.

When traveling to Cusco, it is a great idea to dress in layers. This will allow you to adjust your clothing to temperature changes. Light clothing is recommended, as the sun can be very strong. It is very important to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from the sun's rays. It is also necessary to bring a good pair of walking shoes, as the cobblestone streets can be quite slippery when wet. Sunglasses are always a good idea and will help protect your eyes from the intense sunlight.

If you are planning to visit Cusco, it is important to be prepared for the changing weather. By bringing with you the right clothing and accessories, you will be ready to enjoy your trip to this beautiful city.

Machu Picchu Weather 

Machu Picchu has a subtropical climate, with warm and humid weather during the day and cool temperatures at night. Usually the average  temperature is around 59°F (15°C). During the summer (December to March), temperatures can reach up to 77°F (25°C). During the winter (April to November), temperatures can drop as low as 41°F (5°C).

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Rainfall in Machu Picchu is abundant,  averaging 1,500 mm (59 in) per year. Most of the rain falls during the wet season, which runs from November to April. During this time, the area experiences heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and occasional hail.

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season (May to October), when the weather is more comfortable and the risk of rain is much lower. During this time, temperatures are mild and the humidity is low. The altitude of Machu Picchu can also affect the weather. At higher elevations, temperatures can drop significantly, and visitors should be prepared for cold nights and chilly mornings.

Machu Picchu is a beautiful and mysterious place, and its weather and temperature can drastically change depending on the time of year. Visitors should be prepared for all types of weather, from warm and sunny days to cold and rainy nights.

Lima Weather 

Before arriving in Cusco, you will most likely spend a few days in Lima, the capital of Peru, as there are no direct flights to the Imperial City from other countries. Lima is known for its mild and pleasant climate. Located on the Pacific coast, the city has a tropical climate, about 64°F (18°C), usually dry and sunny, with occasional rainfall during the summer months.

Lima travel - Lonely Planet | Peru, South AmericaThe dry season in Lima runs from May to October, with temperatures ranging from 63°F (17°C) to 77°F (25°C). During this time, the city experiences little rain and plenty of sunshine. The warmest months are December, January and February, when temperatures can reach up to 82°F (28°C).

The wet season in Lima runs from November to April, with temperatures ranging from 63°F (17°C) to 77°F ( 25°C). During this season, rain and cloudy skies are frequent, especially between March and April.

If you are traveling to Lima, you should be prepared for the city's unpredictable weather. During the dry season, it is important to bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect from the sun's rays. During the wet season, it is important to bring an umbrella and raincoat to protect yourself from the rain.

Overall, Lima has a mild and pleasant climate that is suitable for all types of travelers. By preparing and packing the right kind of luggage, a traveler can enjoy the city's warm and sunny days, as well as its occasional rain.

Weather in Peru

You don’t have to limit yourself to Lima and Cusco. Peru is a large country with many historical and amazing places to visit. You can enjoy a trip to Ica, where you’ll get to drive in the sand dunes, or Puno, where you can enjoy a boat ride in Lake Titicaca. No matter what part of Peru you visit, you’ll definitely have an amazing time.

Peru has a lot of diverse climates and weather patterns. The country is divided into three regions: the coast, the highlands, and the Amazon rainforest. Each region has its own unique climate and weather conditions.

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The coast of Peru is characterized by a hot, dry climate and a long dry season. Temperatures range from warm to hot and humidity is high. Average temperatures range from 64-84°F (18-29°C). The wet season usually lasts from December to April and brings heavy rains and strong winds. Travelers should be prepared for hot days and cool nights and should bring lightweight clothing, sun protection and a hat.

The highlands of Peru are much cooler and wetter than the coast. Temperatures range from 32-68°F (0-20°C), and the rainy season lasts from October to April. During this time, the region experiences heavy rains and occasional snowfall. Travelers should be ready to deal with cold temperatures and wet conditions and should bring warm clothing and waterproof gear. Don't forget to bring with you sunscreen protection, sunglasses and a hat, as the weather in this part of the country can change fast and drastically. 

The Amazon rainforest of Peru is hot and humid year round. Temperatures range from 77-95°F (25-35°C) and rainfall is frequent and heavy but beautiful. The wet season lasts from December to May and brings with it rain and strong winds. Travelers should be prepared for hot days and high humidity and should bring lightweight clothing, insect repellent, a hat and lots of sunscreen lotion.

No matter what region of Peru you are visiting, it is important to be prepared for the weather. Make sure to bring the appropriate clothing and gear to stay comfortable and safe. In addition, it is important to stay informed about the latest weather forecasts so you can plan accordingly.



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