Cusco Climate & Weather
Cusco Climate and Weather
Cusco has a sub-tropical highland climate characterised by dry, temperate weather. There are two defined seasons; the dry season (April to October) and the rainy season (November to March). The dry season is sunny and mild, with temperatures averaging around 55°F (13°C), while the wet season is slightly colder with average temperatures of around 53°F (12°C). Rain tends to come in short downpours and the sun is seldom gone for long, but hiking can be uncomfortable in the rainy season, and the Inca Trail closes in February for maintenance. Hail and frost are fairly common in Cusco, but snow is virtually unheard of. Incidentally, Cuzco has the highest ultraviolet light level on Earth, making it extremely important that tourists protect themselves from sun damage. June, July and August are the most popular months to do the Inca Trail and the dry season is generally preferred by visitors for travel to Cusco; however, the wet season can be beautiful in the mountains, which are lush and colourful between November and March. Cusco is a rewarding travel destination year-round, but we recommend going in April/May or September/October to miss the worst of the tourist crowds and still make the most of the good weather.
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