Machu Picchu in March
Things to know
March is considered a transition month from the rainy season to the dry season in the Cusco region, which includes Machu Picchu. Here’s what you can expect when visiting Machu Picchu in March:
March marks the end of the rainy season, and you can anticipate more stable weather with decreasing rainfall. However, occasional rain showers can still occur. The landscape will be lush and green, making it a beautiful time to visit.
March is generally less crowded than the peak season months of May to September. You’ll likely encounter fewer visitors, providing a more tranquil experience at the site.
Best time of the day to climb Machu Picchu
The best time of day to visit Machu Picchu is in the morning starting at 8:00 am until 12:00 noon, at this time there is less queue to enter, the weather is good and you can walk around the place without many people and take the pictures you want.
Inca Trail Reopens
If you plan to hike the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it typically reopens in March after being closed for maintenance in February. Be sure to secure your trekking permits well in advance if you’re interested in this route.
Landslides and Disruptions
While the risk of landslides and disruptions on the train tracks is reduced compared to the rainy season, it’s still wise to be prepared for potential delays in transportation.
Machu Picchu Views
With the rainy season waning, you can expect clearer and more scenic views of Machu Picchu, although you might still encounter some mist and clouds early in the month.
Booking in Advance
While not as crowded as the dry season, it’s still advisable to book your Machu Picchu tickets and any trekking permits in advance to secure your visit.
In summary, March can be a favorable time to visit Machu Picchu. The weather is improving, crowds are thinner compared to the peak season, and the landscape is lush and vibrant. Just be prepared for the possibility of some residual rainfall and keep an eye on local conditions when planning your trip.
Machu Picchu in the coming months
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