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Official Inca Trail Availability 2023

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Official Inca Trail Availability 2023

The Inca Trail is one of the top 5 treks in the world. This is why travelers are eager to go on this hike any time of the year.


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.  


The Peruvian government has restricted the Inca Trail availability in order to protect the Inca route. 500 people are now allowed on the trail per day, this includes about 200 tourists and the rest is the staff (guides, trekking chefs and porters).

Since only 500 trek permits are issued per day for the Inca Trail tours 2023 (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) it is important to try to booking inca trail in advance. There is no clear rule as to how far ahead be enough to guarantee you an Inca Trail ticket since this depends on demand.


Inca Trail availability 2023

Check the Inca Trail availability 2023

The first step to check the Inca Trail 2023 is to decide when you want to start the hike to Machu Picchu, because once you booked you can´t change the date or cancel your permits.


Tierras Vivas created "talk with talk" to user-friendly information about Inca Trail availability 2023 in real-time. A representative will give you the information by WhatsApp or you can talk and ask about the Inca Trail 2023 and you can book online the Inca Trail tours. Also, it’s an efficient guide on alternative treks or Machu Picchu tickets, since sometimes Classic 4-Day Trail permits and entrance fees to Machu Picchu sell out months before.



How to book Inca Trail 2023?

  • Once confirmed your available for the Inca Trail tours. visit our hike and click in BOOK NOW  button
  • Fill out your personal information and choose the type of service, as well as the number of people who will go on the trip.
  • There you will find the additional service, you can choose the extra activity such as Huayna Picchu tickets or you can upgrade your train tickets
  • Read and accept our service policies that you will use top ay the 50% of total cost and finally click on Registration & Payment Button
  • Once you booked it, our sales department will send an email with the link payment.
  • Important Information on How to book Inca Trail Permit


Reserve with months in advance

Both trails close in February

Whether you are doing the Inca Trail in 2023, it is recommended to reserve/secure permits as soon as possible. It is important not to wait! – BOOK NOW to avoid disappointments!

The Inca Trail is CLOSED every year in FEBRUARY for maintenance, allowing conservation projects, and because of the rain, so both the Short 2-Day and the Classic 4-Day aren’t available anytime this month.


There is no loophole if permits are sold out

Cancelled tickets are not transferable No travel agency or tour operator will be able to offer you a space for the Inca Trail, unless there are available permits shown on the calendar for the date you want to start the trek. Also it is important to say that NO matter how many clients cancel their Inca Trail reservations, NOBODY else can use these spaces. Trek dates and previously selected routes aren’t transferable in any case either.


Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This trail is a part of the Inca Trail 4 days and you will visit the following Inca sites:

  • Challacancha
  • Wiñaywayna
  • Intipata
  • Intipunko (Sungate)


How to book Short Inca Trail 2023?

Here some information you should take into account to book your Short Inca Trail:

  • The month of February is the rainy season, so the Ministry closes the Inca Trail, either the 4 Day route or the Short Inca trail.
  • The spaces found are for any route, either Short Inca Trail or the Classic Inca Trail 4 Days.
  • Availability is managed exclusively by the Ministry of Culture. Only they can administer and authorize access to the Inca Trail.
  • The availability we show you is the same for any other agency, because this information is directly from the Ministry of Culture.
  • The number of Short Inca Trail Permit is very variable. Agencies usually reserve up to 30 spaces, do not be surprised if at one time the available spaces are sold out.
  • The Short Inca Trail is enabled only for 300 spaces per day, which includes spaces for staff.

We strongly recommend that:

  • The Inca Trail of 2 days is an alternative to the Classic Inca Trail of 4 days, but now that the tickets for this have been sold out, it is now the most requested in the months of APRIL to SEPTEMBER, so we recommend that you book your Short Inca Trail Permit early.
  • The availability of Wayna Picchu (Huayna Picchu) is also very limited and easily runs out in the months of APRIL to AUGUST, then, if you want to make tours that include this destination, we recommend that you make reservations well in advance.


Frequently Asked Questions about Inca Trail 2023


How can I book the Inca Trail Online?

Tierras Vivas is Tour Operator and our trip is 100% guaranteed departure,This meaning that spaces are available on the Inca Trail for the requested information at the moment of the booking. The full passenger data have been provided and the required deposit has been paid for


Once booked the inca trail, is it possible to cancel? - Inca Trail Policy

Before your book, it is very important you know the Inca Trail policy.


What is the best Alternative trek to the Inca Trail?

If it is fully booked. If not, no worries as you can still hike one of so called Alternative Treks!

When the Inca Trail is fully booked, it means no travel agency can booked it. This is because the booking system of the Inca Trail is managed by the Ministry of Culture of Peru! You can do the follow Inca Trail alternatives treks during your Machu Picchu Vacation:


When is the best time to do the Inca Trail?

The best season is to do it in 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. 

  • If you would like to hike in December, January, March: 3-5 weeks in advance (Low Season)
  • If you would like to hike in April, October, November: 4-5 weeks in advance (Low Season)
  • If you would like to hike in May, September: 6-8 months in advance (High Season)
  • If you would like to hike in June, July, and August: 3-4 months in advance (High Season) 


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