June is the best month of the year and anniversary of the imperial city Cusco, there is practically no rain this month because it is dry season with sunny days and cold nights.
This time of the year there are few possibilities to find spaces and tickets for Machu Picchu so it is advisable to book even a year in advance. You will also be able to appreciate the tourist sites with crowds and with few options to take good pictures.
Vacations in Europe and the entire northern hemisphere make tourists travel to the southern hemisphere where Peru is located.
June is the month par excellence to do outdoor activities such as 4 day treks in the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Lares, Inca Jungle and others.
Best time of the day
Many people always ask us what is the best time to visit Machu Picchu, since it is dry season we recommend visiting Machupicchu very early that is to say in the first shift at 6 am to see the sunrise and in the afternoons from 2 pm with very little crowd and to enjoy Machupicchu more hours if possible.
- Remember that June is the high season month in Machupicchu and all Peru.
- Minimum you have to book at least one year in advance if you want to have the entrance fees and permits for Machu Picchu.
- Very little rain this season.
- Temperature : 8 – 27 degrees centigrade.
- Very good time of the year for adventure activities.
- Very sunny during the day and cold at night.
- Good season to take nice pictures.
Why visit Machu Picchu in June?
June is a good time to visit Machu Picchu for a few reasons:
- Shoulder season: June is a shoulder month, which means it’s not part of the peak tourist season, which results in fewer crowds and more manageable visitor numbers.
- Good weather conditions: June is in the middle of the dry season in Peru, meaning there is less chance of rain and more chance of clear skies. This makes for good hiking and sightseeing conditions.
- Availability of Inca Trail permits: You will have a good chance of getting a permit to trek the Inca Trail, which is closed during February for maintenance.
- It is a good opportunity for photography: June has long days with good lighting that can be suitable for photography and capturing the beauty of the place.
- it is a chance to discover the rich Inca culture: June is a good time to learn and explore the history, archaeology and Inca culture, through guided tours and learning experiences.
- Budget-friendly option: As it is not part of the peak season, prices of travel and lodging could be lower, giving a budget-friendly option to visit Machu Picchu.
- Machu Picchu by Train
- Classic Inca Trail 4 Days
- Short Inca Trail 2 Days
- Sakantay Trek 5 Days
- Inca Jungle Trek 4 Days
Why you should not go to Machu Picchu in June?
- Cold nights and early mornings too.
- Tickets and permits are limited.
- Hotels with few spaces better to book in advance.
- Queues to enter tourist attractions and Machupicchu.
- Difficult to take pictures in strategic areas.
Here are a few recommendations for visiting Machu Picchu in June:
- Book tickets in advance: Machu Picchu has a daily visitor limit and tickets sell out quickly, so it’s important to book tickets well in advance of your visit.
- Arrive early: The site opens at 6am and it’s best to arrive as early as possible to avoid the heat and crowds.
- Dress in layers: The weather at Machu Picchu can be unpredictable, so it’s a good idea to dress in layers that can be easily removed or added as needed.
- Hire a guide: While you can explore the site on your own, hiring a guide can greatly enhance your experience. Guides can provide context and insights that might otherwise be missed.
- Remember your passport: Your passport is required to enter Machu Picchu, so be sure to bring it with you.
- Be prepared for altitude: Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level, so visitors should be prepared for the effects of altitude, including shortness of breath and fatigue. Drinking plenty of water and taking it easy during your first day can help mitigate these effects.
- Respect the site: Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important cultural monument. Visitors are asked to respect the site by staying on designated trails and not touching or climbing on the ruins.
- Check for Inca Trail availability: June is peak season for the Inca Trail, so if you’re planning on trekking it, be sure to book your permit well in advance as they are limited and sell out quickly. Also, Check for any potential maintenance or closures for the trail.
- Be aware of the Rainy Season: Although June is the start of the rainy season, it’s not the heaviest, but it is important to be aware that there is a potential of rain, and to pack accordingly; waterproof jackets and pants, sturdy hiking shoes, etc.
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