How Is the Weather at Machu Picchu in July?

How Is the Weather at Machu Picchu in July?

Are you planning a trip to Machu Picchu in July? Consider important factors such as the best times to enter, what to wear, and the weather in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

This blog post will provide you all the information you need for your July trip to Machu Picchu, including an in-depth look at all of these factors.

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Weather in July at Machu Picchu

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July is one of the best months to visit Machu Picchu. You can expect mild daytime temperatures for this time, between a high of 18°C (65°F) to a low of 6°C (43°F). Besides that, you will face mostly sunny and clear skies during the day, whereas the evenings can get quite chilly.


Temperature Range

On a typical day in July, the average temperature at Machu Picchu varies from a high of 18°C (65°F) to a low of 6°C (43°F). Some would characterize it as cool, humid and somewhat chilly.


How Much Does It Rain in July?

July is the month with the least amount of rain at Machu Picchu. However, you still need to pack appropriately and be ready for the Andes’ unpredictable weather.


Humidity and Clouds

During your visit to Machu Picchu in July, you can expect sunny and clear skies. It’s the best month of the year for your unforgettable picture.

Machu Picchu is very humid, with an average relative humidity of 100% in July. Many travelers describe it as humid but cool.

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Overview of monthly rain or snow at Machu Picchu. Source: Wanderlog


The weather in July is fantastic. During your visit to the ruins you can expect a lot of sunshine, clear skies and no rains or clouds. To learn more about the different months and seasons, check out our blog post about the weather at Machu Picchu.


Pros and Cons of Visiting Machu Picchu in July

There is a unique mix of pros and cons when traveling to Machu Picchu in July. Let’s explore the various advantages and disadvantages related to your visit this month.

Pros of Visiting in July

  • Dry Weather: Since July is part of the dry season, there will be less clouds and less chance of rain, making it easier to see Machu Picchu and its breathtaking views.
  • Mild Temperatures: The average daytime temperature is between 18°C (65°F) to 6°C (43°F), which is ideal for discovering Machu Picchu.
  • Optimal for Hiking: July has the best hiking conditions if you want to discover Machu Picchu. Hiking paths such as the Inca Trail and the Salkantay Trek are great options.

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Cons of Visiting in July

  • Peak Travel Season: Since July is a popular month for tourists to visit Machu Picchu, there will likely be greater numbers of travelers there and higher costs for accommodations and tours.
  • Reservations Needs to Be Made in Advance: Because of the overwhelming popularity, reservations for accommodation, transportation, and entrance tickets must be made well in advance in order to guarantee your favorite choice.
  • Cooler Temperatures: Although daytime temperatures are generally mild, the nights can get chilly, so it’s best to pack layers for staying warm.

In conclusion, July offers a unique combination of good, dry weather and clear skies, making it an excellent month to visit Machu Picchu. When compared with the whole experience of visiting Machu Picchu in July, the cons are minimal.

Let’s now explore a few suggestions for traveling to Machu Picchu in July.


General Recommendations for Visiting Machu Picchu in July

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Making the most of your July visit to Machu Picchu needs planning in advance. You might find the next five trip suggestions useful.


1. Enter Machu Picchu Early

In July, the best time of day to enter Machu Picchu is very early between 6 and 8 am. It’s an opportunity to avoid the crowds and the ideal time to view the stunning ruins. Entering in the afternoon, when most travelers have already left, is another option.


2. Use Layers of Clothing

If you are planning to visit Machu Picchu in July, be aware of the cooler weather, especially at night. To stay warm, you should put on extra layers of clothing. To guarantee a comfortable journey, make sure to pack breathable clothing, a selection of long sleeved clothes, and thermal protective clothing.


3. Book in Advance

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As July is a popular month for travelers to Machu Picchu, it’s best to plan and reserve your trip well in advance. To guarantee availability, this includes travel, accommodation, and entrance tickets. It will also ensure that you receive the tickets of your choice and get to see the highlight of your trip.


4. Choose a Guided Tour

If you have an interest in discovering more about the history of Machu Picchu, a guided tour is your best choice. Our highly recommended Machu Picchu tour gives an outstanding trip with a professional guide who will personally accompany you and provide essential background knowledge and insights into the significance of this historic place.


5. Get Used to The Altitude

Don’t forget to allow your body enough time to get used to the higher altitude. Our recommendation is to stay in Cusco’s Sacred Valley before beginning your adventure.

We recommend reading our blog post about altitude sickness all you need to know and how to avoid it.


July Travel Packing List for Machu Picchu

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A July trip to Machu Picchu requires careful packing due to the daytime highs of sunshine and cool evenings. The items in this short list of essentials are those that you should always pack for a trip.


Clothing Recommendations

As mentioned before, layering your clothes is the key to adjusting when weather conditions change. To stay comfortable during sunny days or chilly nights it is important to pack a comfortable mid-layer, a light jacket, breathable base layers, shirts and also a waterproof jacket for unexpected rainfall. Remember to wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes from the sun.


Recommended Footwear

For a safe and enjoyable experience, take hiking shoes that are waterproof, have appropriate traction, and are sturdy. Wearing supportive footwear is essential since trails can get dangerous especially after a rain.

The importance of wearing sturdy hiking shoes increases if you plan to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu. Take this chance to discover the differences between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, so you can determine whether you want to trek one more time to see the ruins from a different perspective.


Gear and Accessories

  • Backpack: A small backpack that stores everything you’ll need to explore Machu Picchu, including food, documents, sunglasses, and more.
  • Sun Protection and Insect Repellent: The sun can be intense because of the high altitude and close proximity to the equator. Protect yourself from UV radiation by using sunscreen, wearing a hat, and carrying sunglasses. Besides that, make sure to take a good insect repellent with you to keep the mosquitoes away.
  • Snacks: Pack energy bars, trail mix, or fruits as on-the-go snacks to keep your energy levels up.
  • Power Bank: Take a power bank with you to guarantee that the mobile device is always charged, especially when taking pictures or to find one of the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes.
  • Camera and Binoculars: Remember to bring your camera so you can capture the amazing views. Using binoculars to see the architecture and scenery in greater detail might also improve your experience.
  • Local Currency: Carry some local money (Peruvian soles) in case you need it for tips, small purchases, and other expenses when visiting Machu Picchu.

In order to fully enjoy the breathtaking surroundings which add to the incredible experience of visiting Machu Picchu in July, make sure to pack in advance.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Is July a Good Time to Discover Machu Picchu?

Yes, July is a fantastic month to visit Machu Picchu since it is in the dry season and provides an ideal mix of clear skies, a lot of sun and no rain. But, you should be aware of the increasing number of travelers who want to visit the ruins as well.


What Kind of Weather Can I Expect in July at Machu Picchu?

In July you can expect mild daytime temperatures, between a high of 18°C (65°F) to a low of 6°C (43°F). Besides that, you will face mostly sunny and clear skies during the day, but the evenings can get quite chilly.


How Should I Dress for Machu Picchu in July?

Insect repellent, waterproof clothing, layers of clothing, a reusable water bottle, solid hiking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen should all be packed. Examine the weather forecast and adjust your packing accordingly.


Is July a Good Time to Hike the Inca Trail?

Yes, you can hike the Inca Trail in July, but make sure to get your tickets several months in advance.


What Is the Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu in July?

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In July, the best time of day to enter Machu Picchu is very early between 6 and 8 am or in the afternoon.


Are Guided Tours Still Available in July?

Yes, we offer guided tours all year round. Taking a guided tour will provide you with important insight into the history and significance of Machu Picchu.


Is Machu Picchu Crowded in July?

Yes, July tends to be one of the most popular months at Machu Picchu due to the dry season and the pleasant weather that attracts travelers. As a result, it’s highly recommended to get tickets in advance to get your preferred entrance times.


Does It Rain at Machu Picchu in July?

July is part of the dry season at Machu Picchu, so you don’t have to expect rain at the ruins. Still, as the weather in the Andes can be more unpredictable we still recommend that you pack a raincoat.

couple holding each other in arm in front of ruins


Uncovering the Serenity of Machu Picchu’s Scenery in July

In conclusion, there are a lot of pros and a few cons to traveling to Machu Picchu in July.

There most likely won’t be any clouds or rain, so expect plenty of sunny, clear skies. The weather is great for pictures and the discovery of the ruins. As a result of this, July is among the most popular months to visit Machu Picchu because of the breathtaking views of the surrounding ruins and the sanctuary. Aside from that, it’s an excellent time to do one of the popular multi-day treks, like the 5-day Salkantay Trek or the Inca Trail.

A downside of visiting Machu Picchu in July is that you won’t be the only traveler and for this reason you need to purchase tickets well in advance. Especially, if you plan to hike one of the two mountains, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, or if you intend to do the Inca trail.

Overall, you should take into account each of these factors along with your own preferences and flexibility. You are going to have a fantastic experience visiting the Machu Picchu ruins, though.

Now that you have more information on July’s weather, it’s time to learn why you should combine the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu.

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