Inca Trail in December

Can I hike Inca Trail in December?

Trekking the Inca Trail in December is possible, but it comes with some unique considerations due to the rainy season in the Cusco region. Here are some key points to keep in mind when planning an Inca Trail trek in December:

inca trail in december


December is part of the rainy season in the Cusco region, and it can be one of the wettest months of the year. This means you should expect regular and sometimes heavy rainfall. The trail can be muddy and slippery, and the weather can be unpredictable. Daytime temperatures typically range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), and nights can be cooler.

How cold is Machu Picchu in December?

Machu Picchu in December experiences mild temperatures during the day, but it can be quite chilly at night and in the early mornings.


December is considered the low season for the Inca Trail, which means it’s less crowded, and it’s often easier to secure permits. However, not all trekking companies offer Inca Trail treks during this month, so you may have limited options.


Proper acclimatization is crucial, as the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are located at high altitudes. Spend a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before starting the trek to adjust to the elevation.


Given the rainy conditions, it’s essential to pack high-quality waterproof clothing, including a rain jacket, rain covers for your backpack, and waterproof hiking boots. Dressing in layers is important to adapt to the changing weather.

Trail Conditions

In December, the trail can be challenging due to muddy and slippery paths. Be prepared for the possibility of trail closures or delays due to weather-related issues.

Booking in Advance

Due to the popularity of this month, booking your Machu Picchu tickets and trekking permits well in advance is vital to secure your visit.

Is December a good time to do the Inca Trail?

In summary, hiking the Inca Trail in December is possible, but it comes with challenges due to the rainy season. If you’re prepared for wet and potentially muddy conditions and are willing to plan well in advance to secure permits, you can still enjoy this historic trek to Machu Picchu with fewer fellow hikers on the trail. Just be sure to pack the appropriate gear and clothing to handle the rainy conditions.

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