Machu Picchu weather in December (Cusco, Peru)

How is the weather in Machu Picchu in December? Here's what the weather might have in store during this month.

In December, Machu Picchu generally has moderate temperatures and heavy rainfall. Throughout the day, temperatures typically settle at around 16°C. But by evening, they drop to around 8°C. On average, it is the month with the highest temperature of the year.

Machu Picchu in December falls under the rainy season with heavy rainfall, averaging around 259 mm for the month. Typically around 14 days of rainfall is expected.

The city usually sees around 155 hours of sunlight, indicating a moderately sunny period.

If you're looking for dry conditions and comfortable temperatures, December may not be the ideal month to visit Machu Picchu. May, June, July and August typically offer the best circumstances. While January, February, March, November and December tend to showcase less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Machu Picchu climate page with graphs.


Machu Picchu, monthly averages in December

Min Temperature 8°C  
Max Temperature 16°C  
Chance of Rain 48%  
Precipitation 259 mm  
Rainy days 14 days  
Humidity 62% *  
Sunshine 155 hours *  
Percentage Sunshine *  
* Data from: Cusco, Peru (73 KM, 45 Miles).

Where to go in Peru in December

Find out more about the weather in Peru in December and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in Machu Picchu in December?

Plan on layering your clothes. Some days or part of the day it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in December.


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