Macchu Pichu receives its biggest crowds in June and July.
April and May – the best months
It's the start of the dry season so you should have clear-sky days for hiking, but the vegetation is still fresh and a vibrant green from all of the recent rains. The trail is usually a little quieter because it's not yet the Northern Hemisphere's summer holidays. This is the best time of year for clear skies over Machu Picchu, allowing you to see the ruins without them being fully or partially covered in mist. This is also a good time of year for visiting the country's inland Amazon rainforest as well as its coastal desert, so you can hope for good weather anywhere you travel in Peru!
Trekking the Inca Trail in the wet season is a gamble – you could enjoy a quiet trek shrouded in beautiful clouds or, at worst, not be able to trek due to inclement weather.
February is trail maintenance
Book permits well advance
Once you know your travel dates, book your Inca Trail permits as soon as possible to ensure you secure your spots.
Permits aren't flexible
You can expect to feel a bit off after a few hours or a day in Cusco – your body is just adjusting to the high altitude.