Trip Logistics: Tips for Planning a Trek on the Choquequirao Trek

There comes a point in all trip plans where the daydreams of someday come down from the clouds and start asking, “How Do I Get There?” For many people that starts with flights. In this case, not so fast! Choquequirao Trek requires a little more leg work.

Choquequirao Lodge

The highland region of Peru that includes Machu Picchu and Cusco has 2 distinct seasons. The dry season starts in mid April and ends mid November. Rainy season takes full hold December – March. For obvious reasons, the dry season is the ideal time of year for trekking the Choquequirao and Salkantay trek to Machupicchu.

December to April: the rainy season begins in December and continues until March. January and February are the months of Rain. In fact, the Inca Trail is closed for February. and we can choose alternative routes such as choquequirao and salkantay, April can go in any direction. It can have rain or good weather.

May to July: These months are usually warm and dry. As the rainy season isn’t too distant, the landscape is still lush and green. July to November: These months are dry and cool. The landscape starts to brown. You might start getting a bit of rain in November.

NOTE: Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu are high in elevation, and the weather can change at any time. While these descriptions of the weather are the general trend, you should always be prepared for hot sunshine and cold rain, and everything in between.

The trek towards choquequirao requires you to have a guide. Now you have to plan ahead While there is an extensive network of Inca trails throughout southern Peru, the walk that is called harder is the road to choquequirao is a challenge to reach choquequirao and with a good option you can get to Machu Picchu . This has become very popular.

Even if you plan on doing more with your time in Peru than simply walking for 6, 7, 8, days by the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

A quick search on Google will flood it with people who sell trips through Choquequirao with an equally diverse price range. It can be challenging to know who to go with. Choquequirao trek, We are local operators in Peru.

Arriving to Peru: Almost all international flights to Peru will arrive into Lima. The way flight schedules are set up, most travelers have to spend the night in Lima before continuing on to Cusco. Cusco is here all Choququirao treks will depart from. Cusco is high in the mountains, where weather is variable, so there are no evening or night flights into or out of Cusco. While The Ultimate Choquequirao trek includes your accimatization days, not all Choquequirao trips do.

DAY 1: Fly Home – Lima. Overnight
DAY 2: Fly Lima – Cusco in the morning
DAY 3: Acclimatization Day(s) – If you can afford the time, an extra day acclimatizing is ideal. (Sacred Valley Tour Full day)
DAYS 4 – 7 or 8: HIKE CHOQUEQUIRAO (4,5,6,7 and 8 day options out there)
DAY 7 or 8: Return from Machu Picchu to Cusco by Train
DAY 9: Fly Cusco – Lima – Home

 * Notice that you need depart home several days prior to your Choquequirao Trek start date.

Departing Peru: Most international flights will depart Lima late at night. This makes your connection from Cusco to Lima straightforward. You can depart Cusco at some point during the day, and then catch your flight home that night, arriving home or your next destination the next day. Most people do not need to spend the night in Lima when they depart Peru.

  • International flights from your home to Lima, Peru and return. Prices vary.
  • Roundtrip flights between Lima and Cusco, Peru: Approximately $225 per person 
  • Travel insurance. This is highly recommended.  Prices vary.
  • Medical insurance. This is required by our trip operators in Peru
  • Tips for your guides: Suggested at $10-$20 per traveler per day. 
  • Meals not included in your itinerary: $5 to $20 per person per meal 
  • Additional nights hotel in Lima or Cusco before and after trek. Prices vary

CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK, includes all entrance fees, necessary transportation and gear (aside from your sleeping bag). Not all treks do, though so it’s important to ask your operator to see what is included in the trek price. Additional costs tend to be,

  • Bus Down from Machu Picchu (after your hike): approx $24 per person
  • Train from Machu Picchu Pueblo: Prices vary ($100 – $450 pp)

We hope this helps in your trip planning. For expert advice and help planning your itinerary email