Between 2017 the way of getting the permits for the tour operators were the following: Every November the tour operators had to get the authorization that it used on the year. Once got the authorization you could make the booking the Inca Trail on January and above. Now the process has changed with new Inca Trail regulations, the Ministery of Culture published today the following: All tour operator can get the the authorization on August, then the operators can get the Inca Trail permits for the next year on October. Since this have changed, now you get the chance to book for your Inca Trail trip since October, but this also means that the spots are going to be sold out faster so we recommend to book in advance, if you would like to do the hike on 2018. Remember, there are only 500 spots available every day.
Short Inca Trail Machu Picchu 2 Days U$ 450
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 Days U$ 600
Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days U$ 650
Inca Trail Cheap 4 Days U$ 500
Salkantay to Inca Trail 6 Days U$ 700
Salkantay Trek to Inca Trail 7 Days U$ 800
Condor Sight Salkantay Inca Trail 7 day U$ 850
Peru Package tours included Inca Trail
The rainy season takes place in these months so the Inca Trail is not full as usual, if you want to book in these months you should make it with 1-2 months in advance.
This is the high season for the Inca Trail. Usually the spaces sold out in hours so, if you are planning on traveling between these months we recommend you to book as soon as the booking is available.
The dry season. Tourist tent to travel in this season due to the sunny weather, if you want to travel in these months we recommend you to book with 5 months in advance.
In September and October you can still feel the dry season but In November and December you are going to see a lot of rains. People who didn’t get the chance in the prior months travel in these ones, others travel in these months to spend the holidays there. We recommend you to book with 4 – 3 months in advance.
The Inca Trail is close in February due to the maintenance works made there.
The Classic Inca Trail is the most legendary and by far the most well-known hike in Peru. If you are moderately healthy, the Classic Inca trail hike is the most wonderful way to get to the secret Inca city. After a night in Cuzco, you’ll begin on the 44km path along the old Inca trail route that winds its way up through the Andes to the out-of-the-way, and practically out of reach, Machu Picchu. Hiking for three days continuous and traversing across the highest pass at 4200m, the Inca Trail is not for the weak, but it’s definitely an experience that you won't forget and a real climax of your Peru trip. The vistas across the peaks of the Andes are amazingly dazzling and it's hard to explain the blissfulness you'll get when you finish your three-day Inca Trail.
In 2001 it was decided that the classic Inca Trail was becoming too seriously degraded because of the number of people using it and the porters were exploited (the porters load 60 kg during 4 days) Figures of the year 2000 show that 50,000 people walked the trail (Inca Trail without guide or with guide), compared with 300,000 visiting Machu Picchu. On average day in the high season, 190 people arrived at Machu Picchu having walked the trail. The Ministerio de Cultura and Sernanrp (Peruvian authorities) proposed therefore to introduce limits on the number of people using the Trail. The new regulations - the limits entrance the Inca Trail is 500 person per day (200 trekkers + 50 guides + 150 porters)
If you have already made the choice to achieve one of your dreams: Make that mythical journey, make the Inca Travel to the Machu Picchu city, here we give you some tips to make your trip more enjoyable:
As said before, if you want to travel on the dry season or on May/June is better to book in advance. Once you make the choice, do not let you stay behind with reservations: flights, accommodation or group journeys to make the Inca Trail. This journey is searched by thousands of people all over the world and generally, there are usually a too much of demand in almost every period of the year.
For several days you will be quite high altitude above sea level. Your body needs to acclimatize gradually to not suffer the annoying mountain sickness. It’s advisable to stay in the city of Cusco for at least 2 days before making the journey to acclimatize correctly. Journey’s date cannot be changed and the absence is not paid back, it is for that reason that it is vital to preventive measures to arrive in the right place in the starting date.
The weather in Andean areas may suffer abrupt changes. The sun might be suffocating but once it hides behind a cloud the temperature may reduce rapidly. It is important to get coats by night since the cold may be harmful.
The footwear must be special for trekking, paying attention in having the ankles sheltered in order to maintain better stability. It is necessary because your shoes should hold up 8 hours journey’s daily and the land is normally difficult and slippery.
Walking sticks will help you a lot during all the journey. If you don’t have practice with them, soon you will get each other. They will help you to walk more secure and comfortable, venting a fraction of weight and giving you stability. Also you can buy them in Ollantaytambo.
It is not advisable to drink water of natural springs that you will see during the Inca Travel. Carry your own thermos bottle or bottle with mineral water that, on the other hand, you will be able to buy in the villages you are crossing.
Make sure to carry mosquito repellent, lamp, sunscreen lotion and batteries for your personal devices, and just in case check the international vaccines required.