Machu Picchu, Peru

machu picchu, peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

When to Go: Fall

Why: Unlike much of North America, the Andes region of South America has two seasons -- dry and wet. The latter begins in November, so if you're looking to hike the Inca Trail, or just want to marvel at the ruins in this part of Peru, you'll want to go before the rains fall but after the busy summer months (June through August). Another tip for hikers who are doing either the Inca Trail or the alternative Salkantay Trek: Time your visit with the full moons for an outdoor adventure you'll never forget.

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