Cusco is a year-round destination and can be visited during any month/season of the year. The city boasts similar daytime temperatures throughout the year. The summer season in Cusco is the off season as it is the hottest and the wettest season with high precipitation levels. The winter season boasts pleasant daytime temperatures but cold chilly nights. The winter season is also the driest season making it a great time to go and explore the city.
Summer (December-April): The summer season is the hottest and the wettest of all seasons. Although the day time temperatures remain at a comfortable 19 degrees Celsius, the season experiences heavy rainfall. The precipitation levels during the summer season are extremely high, fluctuating between 106.9mm to 145.3mm. The Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu closes in the month of February for maintenance. The rains hinder the sightseeing tours and outdoor activities like hiking, biking and trekking. The peak season crowd has left by the time summer arrives and the prices in the town are at an all-time low. This is a great time to bag some discounts and cheap deals. The summer season offers a plethora of Colourful fiestas and carnivals that take place during this time of the year.
Winter (May-August): Winter is a great time to visit Cusco. The weather is pleasant boasting the day time temperatures at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius. The weather remains relatively dry with little or no rainfall, and the streets are dominated by colourful outdoor festivals. The summer season is the peak season and experiences a huge influx of crowds from North America, Europe and other parts of South America. The prices are extremely inflated and it is very hard to find accommodation so make sure you book in advance if you wish to travel in the summer season.
Spring (September-November): Spring also offers a splendid sweet spot between the on season and the off season. Early spring season is a great time to visit as it boasts a pleasant weather with a comfortable temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. The early spring sees little to no precipitation. However, there is a rapid rise in the precipitation levels as the summer season comes closer. The spring season experiences lesser crowds as most of the peak season crowds have left. The prices in the city are also cheaper as compared to the peak season prices. The low rainfall levels during the early spring season offer a great opportunity to explore the sights and attractions of Cusco with the absence of bustling peak season crowds.
The best time to visit Cusco is during the winter season as the temperatures remain comfortable and dry. One can easily indulge in the various sightseeing tours and outdoor activities which otherwise would not be possible. If you wish to avoid the peak season winter crowds, peak season inflated prices as well as the heavy summer rains, early spring (September), is a great time to visit Cusco.