Advantages of visiting Machu Picchu and Cusco in the rainy season

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2016 Ticket Machu PicchuThe department of Cusco, has two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.


The dry season
The rainy season
Months recommended to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, in the rainy season
Climate change in Cusco
Changing weather
Appropriate clothing for the rainy season
Advantages to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu in the rainy season
If you decide to travel in December


 

The dry season

  • Begins April to October, during these months, there is lack of rain, the sky is completely cloudless, deep blue color, with little presence of clouds and sunshine.
  • The temperature between May, June and July is very cold (- 5 °C at night and 23 °C during the day); is called frosty weather, the weather gets dry and may crack the skin and lips.
  • The first week of August, the weather is irregular, rainy, sunny, etc.; Cusqueños say every day the first week of August, represents one month of the year, beginning in January and thus the climate of the whole year is forecast.
  • The humidity is 79% in the mornings and evenings is 45%.
  • At this time Machu Picchu is very hot, because it is in jungle (23 °C – 25 °C) and has the presence of sporadic rains.
  • The Sacred Valley is drier and hotter than Cusco (14 °C – 22 ºC), but the nights are as cold.

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The rainy season

  • Begins in November, the early days and ends in April, the strongest months with the presence of storms, thunder and lightning, are January and February, in March, it decreases gradually.
  • It should be noted that in September will have the first spring rains.
  • February is the strongest month, rains reach 98 mm. At this time, the rain falls of 3-4 hours per day; almost every day, alternating with sunshine; but if it is clouded at anytime the rain falls.

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Months recommended to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, in the rainy season

The city of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, can be visited without problems in January and March. But the Inca Trail, it is risky to do so between the months of December to March, remember that the rains moisten the soil and there may be landslides and mudslides. In February, the Inca Trail is closed, because it is very dangerous to make this route and is in maintenance. The City of Machu Picchu in January and February, if you can visit but keep in mind that it is the strongest rains and eventually might have problems with the interruption of the railway. Is recommend visiting Machu Picchu, until the month of January and the month of March forward.

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Climate change in Cusco

Due to global warming; in Cusco, the weather has been affected as other parts of the world. The dry and rainy seasons have been altered and climate surprises us with unusual weather events.

Since 1965, the Cusco has registered an increase in temperature and decreased rainfall, these become scarce in September, October and November which normally should occur gradually; but sometimes the total absence causes during January, February and March, are more heavy than normal. These phenomena are occurring worldwide, affecting Cusco and surroundings, which is why we can no longer speak of a typical climate of the area; this varies, it presents adverse and changing, warmer days than normal (23.8 °C), colder nights (5 °C below zero); as well as, scarcity or abundance of rainfall (1,000 mm. a year).

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Changing weather

The climate in Cusco is fluctuating, may dawn rainy, and within minutes could be sunny or vice versa. In the shade, it feels cold and in the sun, excessive heat.

It may be uncomfortable, but the body knows process sudden temperature changes, through different mechanisms and have the necessary precautions, the mood prepared and good information.

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Appropriate clothing for the rainy season

You should be aware that will have days sunny, cloudy, rainy, cold, etc. So the following is recommended:

  • Several layers of clothing (a first layer of warm clothing and allow natural perspiration, a second warm, wool or polar and a third, waterproof jacket).
  • Nonslip shoes; the floor is going to be wet and slippery. Also, your shoes must be waterproof.
  • Waterproof poncho; always take one, in the least expected moment (begins the thunder and torrential rain).
  • Sun hat.
  • Hat for the cold.
  • Blocker.
  • An attack backpack, for everything you need to visit the various tourist sites.

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Advantages to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu in the rainy season

Traveling in low season means not only a saving; because the hotels, restaurants and other services, lower their costs. But also because gets a many benefits then detailed.

  • Fewer People
    The rainy season is considered the low season, at Cusco and Machu Picchu, there is not much influx of people. This is beneficial because it allows acquire tourist services with more tranquillity, without queues or wait awhile for it is your turn to shoot some photo.
    If the main places visited are empty, you can have more time to enjoy them.
  • Low Prices
    Definitely, airlines, hotels and restaurants lower their prices in order to attract more people, discounts reach 20%.
    The low season gives you the option of staying in good hotel, have a good room with better location and service at a good price.
    For high season, the best rooms are the first to be filling, they are booked many months in advance at a very high price.
    Purchase souvenirs; the law of supply and demand, as there are not many buyers, you can find good quality products at low prices.
  • Green Landscapes
    The rain waters the fields, the hills and trails and therefore, the landscape becomes very green and fresh with presence of fruits and flowers of the season.
    In the Sacred Valley, there are parts of crops that seems true living carpet, with different shades of colors that nature offers and harmonize with the typical mountain landscape rains, it becomes another attraction.
    The climate is very beneficial; in the rainy season there is enough moisture, almost 97% of 100%. This moisture helps to moisturize the skin, lips, do not dry, the hair is wetted and feels cleaner air that allows breathe easy.
    On the other hand, has the cleanest air, because the rain washes the dust and particles suspended in the atmosphere, rain purifies the air.
  • Less Cold
    The rainy season is wetter, but less cold.
    Cusco is under the influence of air masses from the south eastern jungle; the winds coming from the highlands are cold and dry that come from Patagonia, and influence the climate of Cusco.
  • Gastronomy
    With rains come the typical products of the time; in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba the white corn is harvested, known internationally for his crop size, once cooked it is called "Choclo". You may taste it accompanied by cheese, not only in restaurants but also in the corners of some typical streets where some women, are sitting and are make boil the "Corn", which they will serve it hot in their own leaves.
    You can enjoy the green beans, which are annual legumes and plentiful at this season, you can taste the typical dish "Soltero de habas", which is a cold dish, salad type leading beans, cheese, onions, carrots, all spiced with lemon , salt and pepper.
    Also, you can taste, exotic fruit, typical of the era, such as capuli which is a kind of cherry from the Andes, it is a dark red fruit that grows on trees in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
    The mangoes, pears and peaches, typical of the area and of the time also abound at this time.
    The markets of Cusco and around, are stained by colors with these fruits, which are sold in small baskets typical Cusco.
    You must taste the fruit well washed.

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If you decide to travel in December

Cusco is a cradle of tradition, on December 24 in the Plaza de Armas, for Christmas, the traditional artisans congregate to sell handmade crafts. It is a popular and typical fair, because people go to buy, original works that adorn their births.

Finally, note that in low season offers plans or packages, all inclusive, at a good price, plus you will have the opportunity to stay in the best hotel, enjoy the silence and the low influx of tourists, the main attractions and you can shop and travel comfortably.

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By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 04-08-2015

 



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