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The climate of Cuzco: when to go to Cuzco

The city of Cuzco is located along a plateau in the Andes mountain range at around 3,400 meters above sea level and is surrounded by high mountains which sometimes exceed six thousand meters in height. Because of its location Cuzco has a type of high altitude sub-tropical climate, dry and temperate, divided into two seasons which are well differentiated according to the rainfall.

Cuzco has in fact a dry season between April and October, with clear skies, sunny days and scarce rains, but cold nights with frost, and a rainy season between November and March. The rainiest months are those between December and February. On average, about 700 mm of rain fall in a year, with an average of 102 rainy days per year. Despite the height, snow is a very rare event.

Temperatures vary slightly during the year, while the temperature variations between day and night are rather marked, in particular the maximum average temperatures vary during the year between 18 ° C and 20 ° C, while the average minimum temperatures vary between 6 ° C in the months between November and March, and 0 ° C in the months of June and July. Due to the high altitude, the city air is rather cool even when the thermometer records values above 20 ° C.

WHEN TO GO TO CUZCO

The climate of Cuzco is generally dry and temperate, but certainly the best months for a trip to Cuzco are the driest months between May and September.

THE CLIMATE OF CUZCO: CLIMATE TABLES

CUZCO (3399 meters)
MonthAverage low (°C)Average high (°C)Precip. (mm)Precip. days
January6,618,8145,3 18
February6,618,8133,7 13
March6,319,1107,0 11
April5,119,743,2 8
May2,719,78,7 3
June0,519,41,5 2
July0,219,24,0 2
August1,719,98,6 2
September4,020,121,8 7
October5,520,939,4 8
November6,020,671,9 12
December6,520,8122,7 16
YEAR4,319,7707,8 102

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