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How far in advance do I need to book the Inca Trail

The knock at the door comes early. ¡Buenos días! Good morning! It´s 5 am and your guide is rousing you for the dawn excursion to the nearby ccollpa de guacamayos. He doesn´t want you to miss the riotous, colorful spectacle of hundreds of macaws and parrots descending to the vertical clay lick to ingest a beakful of mineral rich earth. Roll over and go back to sleep? Blasphemy! You're in the Amazon. A stay at any of remote Iquitos or Madre de Dios lodges is not for the faint of heart. You will need to gear up for a different type of vacation experience. Relaxing and luxuriating it will not be, although some facilities are quite comfortable. Your days will be packed with activities: bird and wildlife watching, boat trips, rain forest hikes, visits to indigenous communities, mountain biking, white water rafting, and on. You'll be with guides from the minute you're picked up in Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado, or Cusco. Most lodges hire top-notch guides who know their areas well, and you'll be forever amazed at their ability to spot that camouflaged howler monkey.

How far in advance do I need to book the Inca Trail? Usually, all adventure travelers ask this question. How long in advance do you need to book? - 6, 5 or 3 months or 1 year in advance?. The Inca Trail is the most popular hike to Machu Picchu and the most famous in the world. In 2021, the Ministry of Culture and Sernanp created new regulations and policies for this route, and all Inca Trail tour operator companies have to obey. Between October to November, all tour operators can book the Inca Trail for the next year (2022).


Adventurers from all over the world have been put on alert, because the spaces available to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail, will be put on sale in October, 3 months before 2022. The permits are sold out months before. Normally we recommend booking Inca Trail in advance, 8 months before. However, the availability is released months before, makes the people who want to reserve a space on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for any time in 2022, must reserve the permits as soon as possible.

The Inca trail reservations each day is limited to 500. However, keep in mind that this figure includes people who are part of the trekking support teams, which usually amounts to 300. This means that only 200 people end up entering Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, every day.


The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The 4-day Inca Trail trek reaches its highest point at 4125 masl (13,500 ft.), In the place known as the pass of the dead woman in the central mountain range of the Andes, then it will descend to 2,500 masl, in the Inca city of Machu Picchu. If there is something more spectacular than getting to Machu Picchu by train after touring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is to approach it by watching it from above. With a little luck, you will see how the fog dissipates to show you the Inca city of Machu Picchu, from the door of the sun. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best trek in the world; while descending from the Andes to the Amazon jungle where Machu Picchu is located, you will see amazing Inca and pre - Inca constructions.

In case the 4 day Inca Trail is sold out, we recommend you the Short Inca Trail.  this trail is part of the Classic Inca Trail and you will  view the 3 Inca sites such as Chachabamba, Wiñaywayna, Intipata, and Machu Picchu.  


How long before you have to book the Inca Trail reservations?

To secure a permit to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must book many months before. 8 months is the early booking time we recommend. The complete release is scheduled for October 5, 2021, and the main concern is that 80% of the Inca trail reservations are sold before Christmas.

Obtain the Inca Trail permits for the 2022, now, contact us now. The key weeks (from May to August) can be sold in just a few hours.


August 10th: Book the Inca Trail for January, March, April 

August 12th: Book the Inca Trail for May, June, July, August

August 13th: Book the Inca Trail for September, October, November

August 14th: Book the Inca Trail for December


How can I book the Inca Trail permits?


Best time to Book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

It should be noted that in the month of February, it is impossible to reserve the Inca Trail, given that the Ministry of Culture closes the road during this month, to maintain and improve the route.

The climate varies according to the months some with the presence of rains, sunny days, cloudy days, cold nights; then we detail the Inca Trail Climate per month:

  • In the months of January and March the rains are persistent mostly at night, the days are cloudy but there are nice and sunny days if we have good luck. In the month of April, the rainy season ends little by little, and the days become warmer and more pleasant, with sporadic rains.
  • Between May and October, the climate is warm and cool, with little rain, sunny days, and quite bright.
  • The months of June, July, August, and September are undoubtedly the best months to complete the Inca Trail, during the day it is clear and you can clearly observe the landscapes, the days are fresher, however, the nights are cold in the high areas.
  • During November and December, it is the time when the rainy season begins, the days are sunny, but at any moment it can rain, as well as, there are cloudy days without rain.

Now it is only your decision, to decide in which month to carry out the Inca Trail, and to enjoy your adventure, among the ancestral mountains, which were witnesses of the greatness of the Inca Empire.


Alternatives to the Inca Trail

Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views. 

If you want to visit Machu Picchu, we recommend you to book your Machu Picchu Ticket in advance, so you will enjoy your Vacation in Machu Picchu without any problem.


When is the best time to hike to Machu Picchu?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu tours, it is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2023 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes. 


Peruvian Amazon Jungle, Iquitos:

Iquitos, located on the banks of the Amazon River, is the most important city in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It is recommended to visit and spend some days in this wonderful cozy city, and some lodges to know and are in contact with the Amazon rainforest, you will have the opportunity to visit native populations, walk in the jungle guided by specialists that will show you a great variety of flora and fauna, one of the best attractions is canopy tour (a kind of rope to climb to glide and see birds and plants). Also, you will  have boat ride programs where you will see lots of wildlife,  lodges are protected with meshes that will prevent mosquitoes and insects. The suspended walks are carefully adapted to gigantic trees and are among the tallest trees in the world. care and maintenance is in charge of the Peruvian foundation, the canopy walk is built where small say where it is said there is still a lot to see.


What to do when arriving in Iquitos?

The airport is relatively small and when leaving (and of course after going to the SSHH) you will find a number of mototaxistas or moto drivers that will offer you transfer and accommodation, do not fall as a traveler!, because for each tourist that they take to a hotel they earn a commission that you could ask for as discount, that's why we recommend you always ask them to take you to the parade ground of Iquitos, (20 minutes by motorcycle taxi) from there on foot You can search between different hostels, hotels if you have not yet booked one. Here you can think about what you really want to do?

  • Option 1: Stay in the city and die burned by the heat of the jungle.
  • Option 2: Venture in the jungle through rivers and piranhas. Adventure in the jungle!

Well if you choose the option 2, we have the best list of activities that you can do at your arrival:

  • VISIT THE MAIN SQUARE: It is one of the obligatory stops and the best thing of all is that to do it you do not need to pay.It is located in the Jirón Putumayo 253 in Iquitos and here your sight can delight with architectural gems like the Obelisk of Heroes.It is also known as Square of commerce or Square of Iquitos.In it is the Obelisk of Heroes, which has the shape of an obelisk with four sides, which are shrinking, so that you can see its top.With it tribute is paid to the heroes of the battles liberated by Peru in the Pacific War.The Main Square also has a circular pool, located on the south-east side, at night the pool offers a show based on jets of water that reaches ten meters high, illuminated with colored lights, mainly colored lilac.
  • VISIT THE MALECÓN TARAPACÁ:It is located in front of the Amazon and Itaya rivers, so you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, historical monuments and ancient constructions. Here you can see the old mansions of the barons of rubber, which were built along the lively Malecón Tarapacá, or also called Boulevard, during one of the times of greater economic splendor of Iquitos, as it was  rubber fever.  The Malecón Tarapacá offers us a privileged view of these beautiful republican buildings, as well as the Itaya River, which is one of the tributaries of the Amazon. This place is one of the busiest in the city; Among its main attractions is an impressive sculptural element with waterfalls, which, like a large painting, offers a beautiful view of the Loreto sunset. Through its wide paths you can see gardens and small squares, as well as some buildings considered historical monuments and of great architectural value such as the Ex Palace Hotel, the San Agustín College, the Iquitos Real Hotel, the Amazon Library and Museum and the former Consulate Colombian.
  • KNOW THE FIRST PREFABRICATED HOUSE IN LATIN AMERICA: It's called Casa de Fierro and it's in front of the Main Square.Its construction was in charge of the French architect Gustave Eiffel.The Iron House of Iquitos is considered a Historical Cultural Patrimony of the Nation.It is said that it was the first prefabricated house in Latin America, it is one of the emblematic buildings that the city of Iquitos has. The building has a European style design with balconies on both facades, roof in a pyramidal form of four waters, supported by columns of wrought iron.The location and its design allow to have a panoramic view of the parade ground.
  • DATE A RETURN FOR THE MATRIX CHURCH: Located between Arica and Putumayo streets, it is one of the most important sites in Iquitos.It was built between 1911 and 1924.The church is a republican structure that, for what is known, was erected in the place, at the beginning of the 20th century.Today this temple is part of the Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Nation, and in fact one of the best preserved. As for the architectural design of this temple, it is characterized as a structure of a single nave that is covered by a vault.The predominant style of construction design is neo-Gothic.The building draws attention for the beautiful facade that presents and on whose center rises a fantastic tower.The tower that is part of this church reaches more than 20 meters high and ends in a metal cross.

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