Inca Trail Weather
Inca Trail Weather, provides wandering hikers with a set of unmistakable and beautiful views, various other interesting Inca ruins, and amazing wildlife (since it’s a protected area). Consisting of three overlapping trails, Salkantay Trek, Classic Inca Trail, and One Day Tour, the Inca Trail Trek ends at Machu Picchu, not only making the whole trip worth it, but the destination as well.
How is the weather on the Inca Trail?
The weather on the Inca Trail varies greatly during the year from very wet, cold, and windy, to sunny hot and dry. Simply put, the weather conditions you will experience will depend mostly on the time of the year that you plan on trekking to Machu Picchu.
When it’s summer almost everywhere in the southern hemisphere, the wet season starts on the Inca Trail Trek. The overall temperature rises during the wet season, but the thing to note here is that while days can be sunny, the rain coupled with potential winds can make the temperature drop quite significantly.
Considering the remote area, the Inca Trail traverses, the altitude, and the fact that there are forests all around, hikers should be aware that once the sun sets, the temperature usually drops very quickly. Just to give you an idea, the average weather conditions on the Inca Trail are as follows:
- In the dry season (April – October), you can expect day temperatures between 20 – 25ºC (68 – 77ºF) and night temperatures between -1 – 7ºC (30 – 44ºF).
- In the wet season (November – March), the day temperature varies somewhere between 17 – 22ºC (62 – 72ºF), and night temperature between 4 – 7ºC (39 – 44ºF).
What’s the best time to hike the Inca Trail?
The rainy season is less popular with trekkers, as there are more chances of rain, which makes the trek even harder. The months to avoid are usually January and March. In February the Inca Trail is closed for the whole month to help maintain the trail and to develop more security on the trail for hikers. April, November, December offer good chances of completing a successful hike, but the possibility of rainfall remains. The best time to hike the Inca Trail is the summer to early autumn months: May, June, July, August, September, and October.