Best Time to do SALKANTAY TREK to Machu Picchu

Salkantay Trekking - Day 3 - Lakes

The Salkantay Trek 5 Days to Machu Picchu is ranked among the best in the world, and is a challenging and amazing adventure through the highest roads of the Andes! Besides being the best alternative to the Inca Trail 4 Days, at Lorenzo Expeditions we will tell you the best time of the year to do this exciting adventure.

What is the best time of year to do the Salkantay Trek?

In Cusco the year is divided into two, the first, the rainy season and the non-rainy season.

The best time to do the Salkantay Trek is in the second season of the year, which is from April to October. Lorenzo Expeditions recommends you to book the 5-day Salkantay Trek tour for this season.

Best Time to do Salkantay Trek
Salkantay trek

In the dry season here in Cusco, there is no rain at all. This is important because you will be walking on uneven, steep and rocky terrain and if it gets muddy and slippery, then it gets even more demanding. Although the temperatures are lower in the dry season, you should be prepared for it to drop to zero often and the trail becomes quite windy.

About the High Season for the Salkantay Trek

Now the high season for the Salkantay Trek is from June to August. It doesn’t rain at all, but temperatures are at their lowest and the wind is stronger. However, one point against it is that, this is the time of year when you find the most people doing this trek.

If meeting a lot of tourists is not something you like, you can choose the beginning of April and the end of October, which are ideal months with few tourists on the road and favorable weather for this trek.

Best time to travel to Cusco

Although the dry months are good for hiking, to visit Machu Picchu and Cusco the best are all year round, there are months where it is advisable to visit, but in general every month you will find its good and bad things.

For example, the month of February is the least recommended to visit Cusco, but the good thing is that we can find the carnivals and is a local custom that we can see only in this month. There are many typical dances and activities that make you fall in love.

The best month is June, for the famous Inti Raymi, (Festival of the Sun) whose central day is June 24th. This is a powerful event that takes place in three places in the city of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple, the Plaza de Armas and the majestic fortress of Sacsayhuaman, truly recreating the cult that the ancient Incas offered to the Sun, considered the giver of light, heat, agriculture and life in general.

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