Whether you want to do the 7-day Salkantay Inca Trail, or the 5-day (Inca Trail 5 days), 4-day or 2-day Inca Trail, you will need a permit from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. When checking for availability please remember that access to the trail is limited by the Ministry of Culture. This means that all travel agencies have the same availability.
If you see available spaces for the date you want to start the hike, this does not mean you will find the same number of spaces available if you delay when making your booking. This is because permits sell out quickly. If you see places available now for your planned departure date, we recommend that you book immediately. There are 500 spaces available each day for the Inca Trail (7-day, 5-day and 4-day itineraries). However, those 500 spaces include those reserved for guides, porters and cooks, who must also register with the authorities to hike the Inca Trail. This means that only around 200 permits are allocated for travelers, with the other 300 allocated to personnel.