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Weather on the Inca Trail

The weather is relatively consistent year round, as far as temperature goes. The variable is rain! Officially, the rainy season is December through March. However, beginning in September, there will be some light rain on the trail.

Below are the average temperatures at the three Inca Trail camps (for the Classic 4 day Inca Trail):

  • Camp 1 Ayapata: 5 to 10 C (41 to 50 F)
  • Camp 2 Chaquicocha: 0 to 5 C (32 to 41 F)
  • Camp 3 Wiñay Wayna: 5 to 10 C (41 to 50 F)

Here is the temperature for camps we use for the 5 day Inca Trail:

  • Phuyupatamarca – 0 to 5 C (32 to 41 F)
  • Llulluchapampa – 0 to 5 C (32 to 41 F)

Below are tables with Day/Night Temperatures and Rainfall

Day/Night Temperatures in Fahrenheit
Site Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Cusco 6744 6744 6842 6841 6838 6733 6731 6835 6839 7042 7042 7044
Inca Trail 6445 6547 6646 6744 6739 6633 6631 6638 6741 6742 6643 6645
Machu Picchu 7050 7052 7050 7050 6848 6847 6847 6847 6848 6848 6848 7050

 

Average rain fall in inches
Site Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Cusco 6.3 5.2 4.3 1.7 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.9 1.9 3.1 4.7
Inca Trail 5.6 4.5 4.0 1.6 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.8 1.9 2.6 4.2
Machu Picchu 17.0 14.0 12.0 4.8 0.9 0.2 0.0 0.8 2.0 4.7 8.6 12.0

How should you prepare for the weather on the Inca Trail?

Layers are the key to dressing on the Inca Trail. In the morning, you will probably begin with a light sweatshirt. Around late morning, it will be sunny and hot. At this point most people are in short sleeves and change in to shorts if they brought any. The temperature starts going down in the later afternoon and reaches the low after sundown.

One tip is to use a rain jacket as an outer shell, instead of a winter coat. This is applicable in both the rainy and dry seasons. You can put as many layers under your coat as you want. However, you definitely still need a poncho. The inexpensive poncho can be your best friend on the Inca Trail!


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