How Is the Weather at Machu Picchu in October?

How Is the Weather at Machu Picchu in October?

Planning a visit to Machu Picchu in October? Consider important factors such as the weather in Cusco and Machu Picchu, when is the best time to enter and what to wear.

This blog post provides complete info on the different topics for your October trip to Machu Picchu, along with a helpful overview for each.

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Weather in October at Machu Picchu

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The official shoulder season begins in October, which lies midway between the rainy and dry seasons. This month includes a mix of sunny and rainy weather.

However, October is known as a mild month at Machu Picchu, with average daily highs of 19°C (66°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F). Therefore, make sure to pack appropriately!


Temperature Range

In October, Machu Picchu experiences milder weather, with typical daily highs of 19°C (66°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F). It’s humid but moderately cool, according to previous travelers.


How Much Does It Rain in October?

October is known as the shoulder season and for that reason you will face some sporadic rain showers during the day, especially in the afternoon. It is still less likely to rain than the months that follow, so it is a nice time to go and discover Machu Picchu.

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


Humidity and Clouds

Even if it’s the transition period from the dry to rainy season, you can expect a good mix of sunny skies with some clouds over the ruins. But be ready for some sporadic rain showers and make sure to take the right clothes with you.

With an average relative humidity of 100% in October, Machu Picchu has extremely high humidity.

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Nonetheless, October is a fantastic month to explore Machu Picchu and the surrounding areas. There will be enough sunshine with some clouds in the sky, but you should also be aware of the occasional rainfalls. Most significantly, there won’t be as many tourists exploring the ruins.

To find out more about the various months and seasons, make sure to read our blog post about the weather at Machu Picchu.


Pros and Cons of Visiting Machu Picchu in October

There are many different pros and cons to visiting Machu Picchu in October. Let’s look at each advantage and disadvantage that comes with your visit this month.

Pros of Visiting in October

  • Less Crowds: October offers a more relaxing and less crowded experience at Machu Picchu because fewer tourists visit the site than during the busiest months.
  • Good Weather: October is a great month to explore, because it falls during the shoulder season and has mild temperatures and a mix of clear and cloudy skies with only sporadic rainfall.
  • Better Prices: You will discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu outside the high season and can therefore expect cheaper prices for accommodation and travel.

alpacas at machu picchu

Cons of Visiting in October

  • Limited Availability: Even if this month is outside of the high season, certain tours and accommodations may still experience high demand and therefore it’s recommended to make your booking in advance.
  • Unpredictable Weather: October is known as part of the shoulder season and for this reason you should be prepared for sporadic rainfall. So make sure you take the right clothing with you.
  • More Mosquitos: Take enough mosquito repellent with you to protect yourself against them.


In summary, October is a good month to visit Machu Picchu as the weather is still mostly dry with only occasional rain and you will benefit from better prices and less travelers at the ruins.

Let’s take a look at some recommendations for traveling to Machu Picchu in October.


General Recommendations for Visiting Machu Picchu in October

couple in poncho at machu picchu ruins

It takes preparation to get the most of your October trip to Machu Picchu. You should find the following five trip suggestions useful during your visit to the ruins.


1. Enter Machu Picchu Early

The best time of day to enter Machu Picchu in October is very early in the morning, between 6 and 8 am. During this time of the day, you will have the best weather and the least amount of travelers at the ruins.


2. Weather-Appropriate Clothing

Put on layers to be ready for changing weather conditions. Even though October is often dry, you should be able to tolerate brief showers or a slight decline in temperature. Pack a rain jacket, hiking boots with lots of support, a hat, and sunscreen.


3. Book in Advance

October still attracts tourists, so make sure to get your tickets in advance for Machu Picchu and any other tours or activities. Especially if you plan to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.


4. Choose a Guided Tour

Taking a guided tour is the best option if you want to learn more about Machu Picchu’s history. With the help of our experienced guide, who will personally accompany you and offer crucial background information and insights into the significance of this ancient area, our highly recommended Machu Picchu tour provides all of this and more.


5. Get Used to The Altitude

Remember to give your body enough time to acclimate to the high altitude. We recommended that before starting your journey, you spend some time in the Sacred Valley close to Cusco.

To make sure you have a great experience at Machu Picchu, we suggest reading our blog post about altitude sickness all you need to know and how to avoid it.


October Travel Packing List for Machu Picchu

different hiking gear such as yellow jacket, hiking pants, backpack, shoes and shirt

October is known for its unpredictable weather, so you need to plan in advance and pack the right things for your trip. The items on the following list are essentials, so make sure you bring them all.


Clothing Recommendations

As previously said, the secret to adjusting to changing weather conditions is to layer your clothing. Bring breathable shirts, a light jacket, a cozy mid-layer, and a waterproof jacket in case of unexpected rain for extra comfort on sunny days or cool evenings. Always remember to protect your eyes from the harsh light by wearing a hat and sunglasses.


Recommended Footwear

Bring hiking shoes that are solid, water-resistant, and have just the proper amount of traction for a fun and safe trip. It is important to wear supportive footwear because trails can become challenging, especially following rain.

It’s crucial to have good hiking shoes if you want to climb Huayna or Machu Picchu mountain. Take the opportunity to learn more about the differences between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain so that you can decide whether or not to add this additional hike to your tour.


Gear and Accessories

  • Backpack: Pack a small, lightweight bag with everything you’ll need for your Machu Picchu discovery, including documents, snacks, sunglasses, and water bottles.
  • Sun Protection, Lip Balm and Insect Repellent: To protect yourself from UV rays, make sure you wear a hat, carry sunglasses, and apply sunscreen. Additionally, don’t forget to pack an effective insect repellent to keep mosquitoes at bay. To shield your lips from the sun’s harsh sunlight, use lip balm with SPF.
  • Snacks: Make sure you take on-the-go food like fruits, nuts, or energy bars so you have enough power for the entire trip.
  • Power Bank: It is essential to always have a power bank with you so that when you take pictures or look for the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes, your phone is fully charged.
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Think about taking an altitude sickness medication, like acetazolamide (Diamox), because of Machu Picchu’s high altitude. By taking this medicine, you can prevent and reduce altitude sickness symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and tiredness, resulting in a more pleasurable and pleasant visit.
  • Local Currency: When visiting Machu Picchu, bring some local currency (Peruvian soles) in case you need it for little purchases, tips, souvenirs, or other costs.


Make sure to pack in advance to make the most of the breathtaking environment that improves an incredible October trip to Machu Picchu.


Frequently Asked Questions

couple smiling in front of machu picchu

Is October a Good Time to Discover Machu Picchu?

Yes, October is a good time to visit Machu Picchu. It’s part of the shoulder season, so you’ll face less travelers than the months before and the weather is fine.


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

October is part of the shoulder season that is characterized by mild temperatures and a mix out of sunny and cloudy skies. But you also need to be prepared for the occasional rainfall. The average daily highs are 8°C – 19°C (46 –  66°F).


How Should I Dress for Machu Picchu in October?

Don’t forget to bring the following items: Insect repellent, layers of clothes, waterproof clothing, a reusable water bottle, strong hiking shoes, a hat, gloves and sunscreen. Check the weather forecast and change your items if needed.


Is October a Good Time to Hike the Inca Trail?

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


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

machu picchu ruins

The best time of day to enter Machu Picchu in October is very early in the morning, between 6 and 8 am. You will have the nicest weather and fewest visitors to the ruins at this time of day.


Are Guided Tours Still Available in October?

Yes, we offer guided tours the entire year. On a guided tour you will receive a lot of information about Machu Picchu and we can take care of all the logistics of your trip, e.g. train, bus and entrance tickets as well as a guide.


Is Machu Picchu Crowded in October?

October is usually less crowded than the peak travel months May – September. It’s known as the shoulder season and provides a more peaceful atmosphere.


Does It Rain at Machu Picchu in October?

Even though October tends to be dry, you need to be prepared for occasional rainfall. For that reason, it’s recommended to take a poncho or waterproof clothing with you.


Are there restrictions or trail closures in October?

Before your visit, it is important to find out about any scheduled repairs or trail closures, as these may be affected by rainfall or other circumstances.

traveler in poncho with sunglasses next to guide and smiling at ruins machu picchu


Wandering Through Machu Picchu’s Rich Heritage in October

To summarize, there are a lot of pros and a few minimal cons of visiting Machu Picchu in October.

Even if you visit Machu Picchu in the shoulder season, you can expect a mostly dry visit, with some clouds in the sky and sporadic rainfall. The weather is ideal for exploring the ancient ruins and taking unforgettable pictures. You will also benefit from fewer travelers and cheaper prices for accommodation and travel.

The cons are minimal but still important to mention, such as increased demand for tickets, so you should book your trip in advance to get your preferred entry times. It is also important to take enough mosquito repellent with you so that you are well protected against the insects.

Overall, you should consider your personal preferences and flexibility in addition to each of these factors. No matter the circumstances, you’ll have an incredible time at Machu Picchu and its ruins.

Now that you know more about the October weather in Machu Picchu, let’s see why you should combine the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu.

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