The impressive network of roads of the Incas had an initial length of 60,000 km and joined territories of the current nations of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. 39,000 kilometers survive to this day. The Inca road to Machu Picchu is one of the best engineering works, made entirely by hand, without knowing of the existence of the wheel or the iron. Ironically, it is possible that it will also accelerate the invasion process; The Spaniards could reach all corners of the empire.
There is nothing like the satisfaction of arriving at Machu Picchu by your own feet. This is the reason why, in recent years, the Inca Trail has become so popular. Every year thousands of people are attracted to the City of Cusco by the energy of the Andes, but only a few can experience the magic of feeling this energy, traveling one of the most amazing walks in the world, an Inca Trail of 500 years of antiguaty.
In both cases the method to get the tickets is the same. The Inca Short Trail, is for people who want to travel the Peru hike Inca Trail, but do not want to do it for 4 days, skipping the hardest part of the trip.
There are two versions of the Inca Trail:
Type of trip: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture
Total Distance: 43 km / 26 miles
Good for: Those who enjoy hiking and have a moderate physical level
Considerations: Permit required
Type of Trip: Hiking, adventure, history, culture
Good for: Moderate Physicist
Considerations: Permit required
An office called the Regional Office of Culture Cusco, is responsible for issuing permits for the Inca Trail. In case you did not know, only 500 people can get the permits to travel the Inca Trail every day; of these 500 people, only 200 will end up entering the Inca City of Machu Picchu; the other 300 people, belong to the support team that is needed during the walk; guides, porters and cooks.
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.
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 Inca Trail reservation 7 or 8 months in advance.
Short Inca Trail 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.
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, but it is possible that the measure of releasing the availability for the Inca Trail 2019, months before, has people begin to book entry tickets to the Inca Trail 2019 long before. The complete release is scheduled for October 1, 2018, and the main concern is that 80% of the permits are sold before the end of the year.
To buy the Inca Trail permits, you must provide your full name, passport number (current), sex and date of birth. All the information provided to Inca Trail book must be exact; Any error in the passport number or the name could cause them to prevent you from entering the Inca Trail. "If after reserving the Inca Trail you change your passport, you must bring both passports with you, the old and the new."
You can see the permits available on the "Ministry of Culture" page and on many other pages; however, it is best that this be verified by the Agency with which you contract The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, since the amount of available income may vary between the time you check availability and choose the travel agency. Contact us if you wish to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail.
As you can see, the main problem is not "how to get the permits of the Inca Trail", but rather "when to reserve them"; since you do not book your tickets in advance, you will have to enter Machu Picchu by train.
The only way to do the 4 day Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu is to hire the services of a tourism agency authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Booking is only possible with the internet. These companies organize and offer their services in different qualities. It is for this reason that the prices vary according to each travel agency.
* Rates are approximate. Each tourism agency has its own prices.
The price includes the entrance to Machu Picchu, transportation by bus, train, food, professional guide, cooks, porters (carry luggage) and camping equipment.
If you want additional equipment (tents, mats, sleeping bag, cane), a better train service or an extra carrier, you must pay an additional price.
Do you want to visit Huayna Picchu after the Inca Trail? The additional cost is approximately $ 25 per person.
Four days of walking on the Inca Trail are too many? The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an option for people with little time to visit. This route starts the walk from the middle of the classic route. Prices vary according to each tourist agency.
* Each tourism agency manages its own rate. These are approximate prices.
The price includes tickets to Machu Picchu, equipment to spend the night in the camp, transportation (roundtrip train) and porter. The entrance to Huayna Picchu is not included. You can request it by paying an extra amount of money. If you want an extra porter or some other service during the short Inca Trail, you must request it with the tourism agency. These services have an additional cost.
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 to enter the 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 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.
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).
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.
After choosing the 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'.
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.
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.
There are many walks that can be excellent alternatives, if you did not manage to reserve the permits to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Salkantay trail Peru, Lares and Ausangate are some of them, and although they do not end directly in Machu Picchu, they will give you the opportunity to see it. However, if your main objective is Machu Picchu, you can reserve Machu Picchu tickets in advance.
The high season on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is from May to September, because this time coincides with vacations in the Western Hemisphere. These months probably offer the best trekking conditions with a dry and sunny climate. However, as we said before, you should reserve the permits many months before. April, October and November are also great months to make the Inca Trail; There are fewer hikers, although it is likely that at least one day it rains during the trek.
It is also easier to find available permits, although they must still be booked months in advance. The rainy season goes from January to March, and if you decide to come during this time, expect some frequent rains. However, it is perfectly safe to do the walk, with the equipment - waterproof - adequate. Again, it is much easier to get permits to travel the Inca Trail at this time of year.
The Inca Trail closes the month of February of each year, due to the fact that it is the rainiest month, and it is used for maintenance for the conservation of the paths of the road. However, all alternative routes are open during this month.
Children accustomed to walking can do the Inca Trail, although personally we believe that to enjoy a route like this they should be at least 12 years old. But we have witnessed smaller children who complete the walk. If you want to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as a family, contact us to discuss the physical status of your children in more detail.
It is recommended that you have a good level of fitness, however, you do not have to be a fan of exercise. If you are not in shape, it would be a good idea to start a regular walking workout (uphill) a few months before your adventure.
Altitude is one of the biggest challenges about trekking in Peru; the highest step of the Inca trail is at 4.125, at the pass of the dead woman. To help you acclimatize and avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, we recommend the following:
The hike along the Inca Trail is considered among the best in the world and if you want to enjoy it, do not see it as a race. "Go at your own pace", enjoy the views, take photos and catch your breath. Even the most leisurely walkers arrive in the camp areas before nightfall.
The guide will always go with the last person in the group, giving instructions to the fastest walkers, so that they know where the stopping and meeting points are located along the route.
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 short Inca Trail.
No, unfortunately, once your reservation is confirmed, we can not change your trekking date or reimburse your permit; This is why you should be very sure of the dates for which you book your hike.