How Is the Weather at Machu Picchu in September?

How Is the Weather at Machu Picchu in September?

Are you planning to visit Machu Picchu in September? Think about important things such as the best time to enter, what to wear, and the weather in Cusco and Machu Picchu.

This blog post provides you with all the information you need for your September trip to Machu Picchu and provides a useful summary of each of those aspects.

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Weather in September at Machu Picchu

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September initiates slowly the return of the rainy season and with that said, the weather at Machu Picchu is getting colder, with average highs of 19°C (66°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F).

Be aware that you can face some periods with an increased amount of clouds covering the ruins and chilly nights. This is why packing the right clothes is very important.


Temperature Range

September brings milder temperatures to Machu Picchu, with average daily highs of 19°C (66°F) and lows of 8°C (46°F). Some would describe it as mildly cool, but humid.


How Much Does It Rain in September?

Although September is still officially in the dry season, the rainy season is quickly approaching, so there may be a few occasional rain showers. Therefore, it’s important that you take the right clothes with you. More about this in a second.

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


Humidity and Clouds

Even if it’s the end of the dry season, you will enjoy a lot of clear skies with a few clouds over the ruins. Therefore, it’s a good time to visit Machu Picchu and get your memorable pictures.

Machu Picchu has a very high relative humidity, with an average of 100% in September.

clouds surrounding ruins

September is still a good month to visit Machu Picchu and its surroundings. There will be clear skies, still a lot of sunshine, but also some clouds and sporadic rainfalls.

Make sure to read our blog post about the weather at Machu Picchu to learn more about the different months and seasons.


Pros and Cons of Visiting Machu Picchu in September

The pros and cons of visiting Machu Picchu in September are very mixed. Let’s examine all of the advantages and disadvantages related to your visit this month.


Pros of Visiting in September

  • Flora and Fauna: The scenery surrounding Machu Picchu explodes into brilliant colors in September, marking the arrival of spring. This leads to beautiful views and it provides the perfect setting for your unique pictures.
  • Mild Temperatures: Even if it’s the end of the dry season, you can expect mild temperatures, clear skies and only occasionally rainfalls.
  • Optimal for Hiking: September is a great month for going on a multi-day hike to Machu Picchu. Especially the popular treks, such as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek are a great option.

traveler with hands in the air with view from huayna picchu mountain on ruins

Cons of Visiting in September

  • Booking Challenges: September is still one of the most crowded months and it’s always recommended to book accommodation and tickets well in advance, especially if you have particular preferences. Popular accommodations and tours could sell out fast.
  • Rain in the Afternoon: Make sure you visit Machu Picchu before the afternoon, as the probability of rain increases and the view of the ruins becomes worse.
  • Limited Trail Availability: The number of travelers allowed on specific routes or regions within Machu Picchu may be restricted as a result of maintenance work. This can make it more difficult for you to explore certain trails of the site or take part in particular activities.

In summary, September is a good month to visit Machu Picchu as it offers dry weather with only occasional rain. Still, you have to ensure to make your travel arrangements in advance due to high demand.

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


General Recommendations for Visiting Machu Picchu in September

cloudy machu picchu ruins

Making the most of your September trip to Machu Picchu requires planning. The next five trip recommendations should be helpful for your time at the ruins.


1. Enter Machu Picchu Early

The best time of day to see Machu Picchu in September is very early in the morning, between 6 and 8 am. It’s the best time to see the beautiful ruins and to avoid facing the crowds.


2. Be Weather-Ready

Wear layers in order to prepare for changing weather conditions. Even though September is usually dry, it’s important to be ready for sporadic rain or a slight decline in temperature. Bring sunscreen, a hat, hiking boots with plenty of support, and a rain jacket.


3. Book in Advance

It’s recommended to plan and book your vacation well in advance because September is still a busy month for travelers to Machu Picchu. This includes all your travel arrangements, such as accommodations, trips to Machu Picchu and extra hikes to Huayna or Machu Picchu mountain.


4. Choose a Guided Tour

The best option if you want to know more about the history of Machu Picchu is to take a guided tour. Our highly recommended Machu Picchu tour offers all of this and more with the support of our knowledgeable guide, who will personally accompany you and provide important background information and insights into the significance of this ancient place.


5. Get Used to The Altitude

Do not forget to allow your body enough time to adjust to the high altitude. It is recommended that you stay in the Sacred Valley near Cusco for a while before beginning your adventure.

We suggest reading our blog post about how to avoid altitude sickness so you can have an enjoyable time at Machu Picchu.


September Travel Packing List for Machu Picchu

September is characterized by unpredictable weather and for that reason you need to plan ahead and take the right things with you. The items on our shortlist are essentials and you should always have them with you.

different hiking gear such as shoes and more

Clothing Recommendations

As said before, layering your clothes is the key to adapting to changing weather conditions. For extra comfort on bright days or cool evenings, bring breathable shirts, light jacket, comfy mid-layer and a waterproof jacket in case of unexpected rainfall. Always remember to wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes from the intense sun.


Recommended Footwear

For a safe and enjoyable experience, bring hiking shoes that are sturdy, waterproof, and have the right amount of traction. Having supportive footwear is essential since trails can become dangerous, especially following rainfall.

If you plan to climb Huayna or Machu Picchu, it is very important that you have good hiking shoes. Take advantage of the chance to learn more about the differences between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain so that you can decide whether or not to include this extra journey in your tour to get an unforgettable view on the ruins.


Gear and Accessories

  • Backpack: Take a small and compact backpack to put all your essentials for exploring Machu Picchu, such as snacks, sunglasses, water bottles, documents and more.
  • Sun Protection, Lip Balm and Insect Repellent: Make sure you apply sunscreen, carry sunglasses, and wear a hat to protect yourself from UV rays. In addition, to protect yourself from mosquitoes, remember to bring a strong insect repellent. Use SPF-containing lip balm to protect your lips from the damaging effects of the sun.
  • Snacks: To make sure that you have enough energy for the trip, pack on-the-go snacks like fruits, nuts, or energy bars.
  • Power Bank: It’s important to always carry a power bank with you so that your phone is fully charged when taking photos or searching for the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes.
  • Altitude Sickness Medication: Due to Cusco’s high altitude, you can consider taking an altitude sickness medication such acetazolamide (Diamox). By taking this medication, you can experience a more enjoyable and relaxing visit by avoiding and reducing symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, and exhaustion.
  • Local Currency: Bring some local money (Peruvian soles) with you to Machu Picchu in case you need it for little purchases, tips, souvenirs, or other expenses.

To get the most out of the beautiful scenery that adds to an amazing September visit to Machu Picchu, make sure to pack ahead of time.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Is September a Good Time to Discover Machu Picchu?

Yes, September is a good month to visit Machu Picchu as you will face mostly sunny days, only sporadic rainfall and a little less travelers at the ruins than in August.


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

September initiates the start of the rainy season. However, you will face mild temperatures of 8°C – 19°C (46°F – 66°F) and the weather is mostly sunny with some occasional rainfalls.


How Should I Dress for Machu Picchu in September?

Make sure to take the following things with you: Insect repellent, layers of clothing, waterproof apparel, a reusable water bottle, sturdy hiking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen should all be packed. Check the weather forecast and make any necessary changes to your packing.


Is September a Good Time to Hike the Inca Trail?

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


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

To avoid the crowds, the ideal time to visit Machu Picchu in September is very early in the morning, between 6 and 8 am.


Are Guided Tours Still Available in September?

alpaca at machu picchu ruins

Yes, we offer guided trips all year round. Taking a guided tour can provide you with lots of information regarding the meaning and history of Machu Picchu.


Is Machu Picchu Crowded in September?

Even while September is less crowded as the busiest travel months, it is still a good idea to book accommodation and tickets in advance in order to guarantee your favorite time of entrance.


Does It Rain at Machu Picchu in September?

Although September marks the end of the dry season, you will only experience sporadic rainfall. For this reason, it’s a good idea to bring an umbrella and a waterproof jacket just in case!


Are there restrictions or trail closures in September?

There might be limitations or closures due to maintenance on certain hiking trails, such as the Inca Trail. It’s critical to find out the current status of the trails you plan to hike and to be aware of any limitations.

sunny ruins machu picchu


September Escapes at Machu Picchu with Ancient Secrets and Modern Wanderlust

In the end, there are a lot of pros and a few minimal cons of visiting Machu Picchu in September.

Even though the dry season comes to an end, you can expect sunny skies with a few clouds and occasional rainfall. The weather is ideal for visiting the ruins and taking unforgettable pictures. Most importantly, there won’t be as many other travelers at the ruins as in August, but it still tends to be quite crowded.

However, there are also some disadvantages that you need to consider, such as an increased demand for accommodations and tickets. That’s why booking in advance is key.

All in all, you should take into account each of these factors along with your own preferences and flexibility.

Now that you are better informed about the weather in Machu Picchu in September, let’s see why you should combine the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu.

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