If you are reading this article, you will probably want to get to Machu Picchu through the route that the Incas used. Therefore, you must know that the Inca trail tours are very solicited and fill up very quickly. There are only 500 spaces each day for the Inca Trail. This is because the Peruvian authorities have introduced strict regulations designed to protect the Inca Trail and the fragile and beautiful ecosystems which surround it in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. These 500 places include travelers, guides, cooks and other support staff.
The purpose of this article is to provide help with booking your Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The information included here is sent out to all our travelers when they contact us via internet and it has been compiled from their most frequently asked questions. We are grateful to all those travelers for their excellent feedback!
The 500 spots per day are for travelers, guides, cooks, and porters
This can make ensuring your place on the Inca Trail more complicated than it seems, the first thing you must do is check our website for the Inca Trail availability and look for available spaces.
Is the most solicited route to get to Machu Picchu.
Let us suppose that you would like to book the wonderful Classic 4-day Inca Trail for September 15th, for yourself and another friend.
You check our website for Inca Trail availability and see that there are 2 spots available for that date.
Of course, you assume that everything is fine, and that you have found just what you were looking for!
But, unfortunately, it is not that simple. Let us explain why. For the two of you, we need to obtain 7 permits in addition to those we get for you: 1 for the guide, 1 for the cook and 5 for the porters.
If you chose to do the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, all you need is one additional permit that is required for the guide.
What happens if someone cancels their Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Well, the permits issued by Peru’s Ministry of Culture are non-refundable and non-transferable. Inca Trail trekking permits are issued with the name and passport numbers of travelers, along with their other personal information (age, gender, nationality). You must also remember that it is not possible to change the information you submitted when making your booking. So please be extra careful when you give us your personal information, which must match exactly the information contained in the passport you will have with you when you travel to Cusco.
Places for the Inca Trail sell out very quickly, and that is why we recommend that you try to book six months in advance, especially for the peak season, which runs from May to October.
One of the fastest selling months is May. To give you an idea, by the end of January this year, there weren’t any places left for May! It sounds incredible until you remember that this is one of the world’s most famous treks.
It is our job to check for Inca Trail places every day, and we have studied these booking trends very closely.
Of course, there are quieter months. For example, if you are planning to visit Cusco in January, you could certainly be lucky enough to book a place on the Inca Trail that same month, when demand is at its lowest.
Book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
It is very important that you send us the necessary information as soon as you have confirmed that you want to book this trek. We need your:
- Full name (exactly as it appears in your passport)
- Passport number
To cover the cost of obtaining the Inca Trail permits when you book we will also ask you for payment of 50% of the total cost of your package.
The Peruvian government regulations designed to conserve the Inca Trail mean that travelers must book their trek with a Cusco-based travel company authorized to operate within the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Andean Adventures Peru is fully authorized to operate on the Inca Trail and if you contact us we will be able to help you with this process and -most importantly- help to ensure that you enjoy an unforgettable experience!
Please feel free to write with your comments and questions. Your feedback is welcome, and it will help us to inform more travelers about one of the world’s greatest trekking routes: the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!
Note: If you are a student and you have an ISIC(International Student Identity Card), you can get a discount on the entry permit to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. To obtain this 50% discount, you will need to e-mail us a copy of your ISIC.