The dry season in Cusco (May to October) is considered the best time to visit Cusco, but traveling to this Andean city during the rainy season shouldn’t be overlooked. Although Cusco experiences the most rainfall from November through April, main attractions are often less crowded during this time and prices are generally lower.
When planning a trip to Cusco during the rainy season there are a few details to consider.
The rainy season is not the coldest time of the year in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley region. Although rainfall is regular, temperatures range from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to the mid-60s. Waterproof gear is obviously advised, but you won’t need very thick clothes or heavy outerwear.
Flight delays in and out of Cusco are more likley during the rainy season. Delays are not an everyday occurrence, but plan some extra time between your scheduled arrival in Cusco and your activities there during the first few days. For your departure flight, particularly if you’re catching an international flight out of Lima on the same day you leave Cusco, allow for several hours between your scheduled arrival in Lima and the departure of your outbound flight. Minimizing the layover time in Lima might be tempting, but advanced planning for a weather-related delay will give you peace of mind.
As always, check-in online for your flights as early as possible.
Heavy rains occasionally cause mudslides that can interrupt transit along roads and train tracks. These events don’t pose any physical dangers; however, they can lead to delays or changes in the bus and train itineraries. During the rainy season, trains to Machu Picchu normally only run from the city of Ollataytambo in the Sacred Valley, instead of departing from the Poroy Station that’s much closer to Cusco. If a visit to Machu Picchu is on your travel itinerary, double check where your trains will depart and arrive so that your pick-ups and drop-offs at the appropriate stations can be arranged.
It’s always a good time to plan a trip to Peru. If you travel to Cusco during the rainy season, don’t forget to pack your rain gear and make the necessary arrangements for any weather-related delays.