November is a month officially begins the rains until March, it can rain at any time of the day, although there are no floods or avalanches is still the month that you can visit Machu Picchu, is the month with more spaces for tourist attractions there are few people in the most important places, prices are good and you can book last minute rides.
Best time of the day
The recommended time to visit Machu Picchu is from 9 am, because before that it will surely be cloudy or drizzling. Afternoons are not recommended, but mornings are better.
- Always bring rain gear such as raincoats and umbrellas, at night it is not as cold as the previous months, this is the month with less people and easy to take good pictures in tourist places and great view.
- The weather is pleasant between: 10-28 degrees Celsius, the rains are not torrential.
- Wear good trekking shoes because of mud if there were rains.
Why visit Machu Picchu in November?
November is a good time to visit Machu Picchu for a few reasons:
- Shoulder season: November marks the end of the peak tourist season and beginning of the low season, which means fewer crowds and more manageable visitor numbers.
- 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 chance to discover the rich Inca culture: November is a good time to learn and explore the history, archaeology, and Inca culture through guided tours and learning experiences.
- Lower prices: As the peak season ends, prices of travel and lodging can decrease, giving a budget-friendly option to visit Machu Picchu.
- It is a good opportunity for photography: November can be suitable for photography, thanks to the lush greenery and the possible cloud formations caused by the rainfall.
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Why you should not go to Machu Picchu in November?
- Rainy season: November is considered to be in the heart of the rainy season in Peru, which means that there is a higher chance of experiencing rainfall and inclement weather, which can make hiking and sightseeing difficult, and also reduce the visibility of the site.
- Trail closures: Heavy rainfall can lead to landslides and trail closures, which can make it difficult to access Machu Picchu or certain parts of the site.
- Reduced visibility: Rainy and cloudy weather can reduce visibility, making it difficult to see the site and the surrounding scenery, which can negatively impact the overall experience of visiting Machu Picchu.
- Increased humidity: Rainy weather also increases the humidity which can make it uncomfortable for some visitors to be outside for an extended period of time.
- Reduced photography opportunities: Rainy weather can reduce the opportunities to take good pictures of the site and the surroundings.
Here are a few quick recommendations for visiting Machu Picchu in November:
- 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.
- Be prepared for rain: November is in the heart of the rainy season, so be prepared for inclement weather and bring appropriate gear, such as a waterproof jacket, pants, and sturdy hiking shoes.
- Arrive early: The site opens at 6am and it’s best to arrive as early as possible to avoid the 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.
- 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
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