Machu Picchu in November
Thins to Know
Visiting Machu Picchu in November can be a good option, but there are a few things to consider:
November marks the beginning of the rainy season in the Cusco region, and while it’s not as wet as the peak rainy months (December to March), you can expect occasional rain showers. The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to be prepared with rain gear and waterproof clothing.
November is considered a shoulder season, falling between the dry and rainy seasons. While it’s not as crowded as the peak months of June to August, it’s also not as quiet as the low-season months. You can still enjoy Machu Picchu with fewer tourists compared to the summer months.
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.
If you plan to hike the Inca Trail, this is a good time to do it because it’s less busy. However, be prepared for wet and muddy conditions on the trail.
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes, the town nearest to Machu Picchu, is usually more available and less expensive in November compared to the high season. It’s still a good idea to book in advance to secure your stay.
Given the potential for rain, make sure to bring waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear for muddy and wet conditions. Layer your clothing to adapt to temperature changes.
Remember that Cusco and Machu Picchu are located at high altitudes, so proper acclimatization is crucial. Spend a couple of days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before your visit.
As always, purchase your Machu Picchu tickets in advance. You can do this online through the official government website or in person, but availability may vary.
In summary, November is a viable time to visit Machu Picchu, but you should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The advantage is that you’ll encounter fewer crowds compared to the high season, and you can often find more available accommodations. Just be sure to plan ahead and pack accordingly for the weather conditions.
Machu Picchu in the coming months
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