Whether you want to hike the Classic 4-day Inca Trail, the 5-day Extended Inca Trail, or the 2-day Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you will need a permit issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, the institution responsible for protecting Machu Picchu and the famous Inca Trail.
The popularity of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu means you should make your booking as far I advance as possible. Permits to trek the Inca Trail sell out quickly, particularly during the high season.
PLEASE NOTE: It is not possible for another traveler to automatically replace someone who cancels their Inca Trail to Machu Picchu trek. Permits are issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture on an individual basis.
Due to the preventive measures adopted by the Peruvian government during the coronavirus emergency, the sale of tickets for Machu Picchu is temporarily suspended.