Cuzco Climate & Weather

Cuzco Climate and Weather

Cuzco 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 ranging between 32°F (0°C) and 68°F (20°C), while the wet season has similar temperatures but fewer sunny days. 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 Cuzco, 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 Cuzco; however, the wet season can be beautiful in the mountains, which are lush and colourful between November and March. Cuzco is a rewarding travel destination year-round, but it is best to visit 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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