Machu Picchu in May

Things to know

May is a popular and fantastic time to visit Machu Picchu. Here’s what you can expect when visiting Machu Picchu in May:

machu picchu in may


May is part of the dry season in the Cusco region, providing you with mostly clear skies and pleasant weather. Rainfall is minimal, and you can expect warm days and cooler nights. The conditions are ideal for exploring the site and its surroundings.


May is one of the peak months for tourism in the Machu Picchu region. While it’s not as crowded as June to August, there will still be a significant number of visitors. To avoid large crowds, consider arriving early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

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

The classic Inca Trail is open and can be hiked during May. It’s essential to book your trekking permits well in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly during this popular month.

Scenic Views

May offers stunning views of Machu Picchu, with clear skies and minimal mist or clouds. You’ll have the best opportunities for photography and to appreciate the beauty of the site.


May is a month of local festivals and celebrations, including the festival of the cross (Cruz Velacuy). You might have the chance to witness traditional Andean customs and festivities in the surrounding towns and villages.

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.

In summary, May is an ideal time to visit Machu Picchu. The favorable weather conditions, clear views, and cultural festivals create an unforgettable experience. However, be prepared for a significant number of visitors, and plan your trip well in advance to ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit.

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