Inca Trail in March

Can you hike the Inca Trail in March?

Hiking the Inca Trail in March is possible and can be a great choice as it marks the transition from the rainy season to the dry season in the Cusco region. Here are some key considerations for trekking the Inca Trail in March:

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What is the weather like on the Inca Trail in March?

March is when the transition from the rainy season to the dry season begins. While there might still be some occasional showers, the weather tends to become drier and more stable as the month progresses. Daytime temperatures are generally comfortable, ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), and nights can be cooler.

How cold is Machu Picchu in March?

In March, the weather at Machu Picchu can be relatively mild, but it can still vary throughout the day and depending on your location within the site.


March is less crowded than the high season, which usually runs from May to September. However, it’s essential to secure your Inca Trail permits well in advance, as they can sell out, especially for popular departure dates.


Proper acclimatization is important, as the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are situated at high altitudes. Spend a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before your trek to acclimate to the elevation.


Pack a combination of lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing for the daytime and warmer layers for the cooler nights. You may still encounter some rain, so a good quality rain jacket is a must.

Trail Conditions

The trail conditions are generally more stable in March compared to the rainy season. The path may still be a bit muddy, especially in the early part of the month, but it should improve as the dry season progresses.


Daytime temperatures can be pleasant, but be prepared for cooler temperatures at night. It’s a good idea to bring layers to adapt to the changing weather.

Hiring a Local Authorized Agency

To hike the Inca Trail it is necessary to hire a local authorized agency as it is the only one that can buy the permits, it is not possible to hike the Inca Trail on your own.

In summary, March can be an excellent time to hike the Inca Trail as it offers a balance between fewer crowds and improving weather conditions. It’s important to plan your trip well in advance, prepare for varying weather, and take the necessary precautions for high-altitude hiking. Enjoy the stunning scenery and the cultural heritage along the Inca Trail and at Machu Picchu.

Is March a good time to go to Machu Picchu?

March can be a good time to visit Machu Picchu, especially if you prefer less crowds and don’t mind the possibility of rain at the beginning of the month and have high chances of getting the best view of Machu Picchu.

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