Map from Google - Cusco
In Cusco (or Cuzco), the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, located at 3,300 metres (10,800 ft) above sea level in the Andes, the climate is temperate
, spring-like during the day all year round, but with cold nights in the winter period from May to August
, when the minimum temperatures are near freezing (0 °C or 32 °F); on the contrary in summer, from November to March
, which is also the rainiest period, night temperatures are milder, around 7/8 °C (45/46 °F).
During the day, the temperatures
are uniform throughout the year, and reach 20/22 °C (68/72 °F) when the sky is clear, even in winter, due to the strong heating caused by the mountain sun. Instead, in winter a cool mountain breeze starts to blow at sunset, and in winter nights there may be slight frosts.
During the day, the temperature never reaches 30 °C (86 °F), even though the tropical mountain sun is very strong and requires appropriate protection.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Cusco
is not abundant, since it amounts to 700 millimetres (27.5 inches) per year, and is concentrated in the summer months, in particular it's equal to or greater than 100 mm (4 in) per month from December to March. In these months, showers occur almost daily, although they are often short-lived.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Cusco
In the winter period, from May to August, it rains very rarely. The rains begin to fall in September, although they are initially rare and brief.
The amount of sunshine
in Cuzco is very good in the dry season from May to August, when blue skies prevail, it is still good in the intermediate periods, when the rains are frequent but short-lived, while it becomes mediocre from November to March, due to frequent cloudiness, which can lead to showers.
When to go
The best time
to visit Cuzco goes from May to October, being the driest and sunniest. Since it is winter, you should be equipped for the cold at night, and be ready to uncover (but at the same time to protect yourself from the sun) during the day, when the air is mild.
In April and September there is some showers, but generally of short duration and not heavy.