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Inca Trail permits 2020

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.

The Inca Trail is considered among the 5 best hiking trails in the world. In total it travels 43 kilometers in 4 days and 3 nights through an ancient network of paths made by the Incas hundreds of years ago, from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Intipunku in Machu Picchu. This is the main gate to the sacred city of the Incas, where people entered 550 years ago.

The classic Inca trail 4 day goes through mountain passages and cloud forests, to the edge of the Amazon jungle where Machu Picchu is located; In addition to exuberant landscapes, the hike allows you to see Inca and pre-Inca places that can not be accessed otherwise, just by walking.

Machu Picchu is so popular that from 2017 people who want to enter it by the Inca Trail, or with one of the holiday to Machu Picchu Peru have to do so by booking in advance. The sacred city of the Incas, was built during the fifteenth century and has more than 150 structures, among which are some of the most amazing in the world.


Inca Trail permits 2020


How many people can travel the Inca Trail every day?

If you were inquiring about the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you surely read that there are 500 permits available for each day, however this is a bit far from the truth. To explain it in a better way; only 200 people (and 300 porters, guides and cooks) can enter Machu Picchu every day.


How long before booking the Inca Trail permits?

Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail must be reserved with a minimum of 5 or 6 months before. However, if you plan to visit during May, June or July; You must get your ticket 7 or 8 months in advance.

Inca Trail 2 days tickets are not that hard to get. It is recommended to make the reservation weeks in advance. In the months of May, June or July; try to reserve a month before.


How to book the Inca Trail permits?

There is no way to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu if it is not through an authorized travel agency. We have years of experience operating the fantastic Inca road to Machu Picchu. To reserve a space, contact us.

To obtain a permit Inca Trail you will need the complete information of your passport. Permits are non-transferable and do not allow changes to the date. Before you can enter the trails of the Inca Trail, your passport will be verified with the data of your reservation, so there can be no errors.

You must bring the passport with which you made the reservation. If you have changed your passport after making your reservation, you must bring both passports with you. Contact us to confirm the date you want to travel the Inca Trail or if you want this hike as part of your trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

If there is a disagreement between your passport and your permission to the tour Inca Trail, you will not be allowed to start the tour; so there can be no errors in the reservation process. Once we confirm your permission, you can not cancel, amend or transfer the permission of the Inca Trail.


Step by Step to buy the Inca trail permits

Booking an entrance to the Inca Trail is easy and safe. You should only look for availability in an online travel agency. Payment is by credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard).


Search for an authorized agency online

In the network there are several agencies dedicated to offering entry tickets to the Inca Trail. Choose the one that seems most reliable. The website must have an Internet security system that protects your personal information. All agencies must be authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru.


Find free spaces

After choosing the website (tourism agency) go to the section availability. Remember that the reservation is made approximately 6 months before. Find the day and month in which you want to do the Inca Trail. If you found availability, click on Reserve.


Complete the data and special requirements

To buy your tickets to the Inca Trail you must provide personal information such as names, identity document number (passport), email, among others. In addition, you must indicate some extra special requirement as a carrier, vegetarian food, canes, etc.


Make the payment

Payment is through various payment methods. Currently the most used is PayPal because it accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Some agencies ask for an advance payment and then complete the transaction in the city of Cusco. Finally, you will obtain the permits to do the Inca Trail.


Why reserve the Inca Trail 2020 before October?

The reservation of available spaces for the Inca Trail 2020 began in October of 2018. Know that the first days, the authorized agencies will buy hundreds of spaces reserved by travelers from all over the world, so it is highly probable that the spaces for the first months (March, April, May and June) of 2020 run out very fast, as happened in 2018 and previous years.

Our experience makes us recommend you to reserve a space in the Inca Trail three months before the season starts, for any month of 2020, this allows you to secure a place among the very limited available spaces and choose the day you prefer to start your adventure.


Frequently asked questions about the Inca Trail permits


Does the Inca Trail remain open all year?

No. The Inca Trail only closes all of February. This is due to the maintenance work that takes place in that month.


When is the best time to hike the Inca Trail?

The best season to hike the Inca Trail is 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 2020 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes. 


Can I book the Inca Trail with a private group?

Yes. Tourists traveling together can book the Inca Trail package with a private group. The cost is higher than the normal ticket. However, this decreases the more the number of tourists in the group.


Can I book the Inca Trail permits in Cusco?

Due to the high demand for tickets, it is only possible to book the Inca Trail online and in advance. Once in Cusco it is only possible to book the Inca Trail 2 days.


What alternatives are there if I do not find availability for the Inca Trail?

If there is no longer available for the Inca Trail on the desired day, you can take the trek to Machu Picchu. Another option is the Lares trek Peru tour, the 4 day Inca Jungle trek, the 2 day Inca Trail Tour, or simply, the 2 Day Inca Trail with camping.

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.

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