I am flying into Rio at the beginning of September and will make my way across to Lima, Peru where I am doing some voluntary work from 7th October to 5th December.
My question is, would it be better to try and do the Inca Trail and Macchu Pichu before I get to Lima (ie, end od September or so), or wait til after I've done my voluntary work (December or January)? I'm guessing the climate may be different and I've heard the trails get clogged up Jan/Feb time...
my rough guide says (althpugh various websites also attribute varying weather from coast-mountain-jungle)
october - april = wet season
may - september = dry season.
I guess you really wouldnt want to getting there mid wet season?
I should be getting there roughly mid May 2006!
I was there in early June and the weather was perfect in Cusco and Machu Picchu. It was cold down on Lake Titicaca, but cold doesn't really bother me.
Thanks both for your help, I may have to re-think my itinery
I stayed in Cusco and trekked to Macchu Pichu at end January, four years ago. It didn't rain at all and the temperature was mild and pleasant - I wore trousers and long-sleeved t-shirt for the three-day trek. Jumpers were needed at nighttime.
Only down point was when we arrived at 5am at the first viewpoint of Macchu Picchu, it was a bit overcast so we didn't experience the full glory of dawn. Nevertheless, the view was still breathtaking.
I remember people on the trek saying that high summer is about June time. I imagine it would get much hotter then.
Enjoy every moment!