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Inca Trail Peru Booking to Machu Picchu 2023

The impressive network of Inca roads had an initial length of 60,000 km and connected the territories of the present-day states of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina! 39,000 kilometers have been preserved to this day. The Inca road to Machu Picchu is one of the best engineerings works ever, made entirely by hand, without knowing the existence of a wheel or iron. Ironically, it may have also hastened the invasion process, as the Spaniards could quickly reach all corners of the empire.


Anyway, there is nothing like the satisfaction of coming to Machu Picchu on your own feet! That is why the Inca Trail has become so popular in recent years. Every year, thousands of people are attracted to the city of Cusco by the energy of the Andes, but few of them can experience the magic of feeling this energy and travel on one of the most amazing paths in the world, the 500-year-old Inca Trail!


Booking the Inca Trail is a process that requires some planning and coordination, as the Peruvian government regulates access to this popular trek to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. Here are the general steps to book the Inca Trail:


Inca Trail Peru

The Inca Trail Peru is the king of Peru's hiking trails and a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience that many people have on their bucket lists. The Inca Trail Peru (Camino Inca) is 45 kilometers long and takes you from the banks of the Rio Urubamba at kilometer 82 to the mysterious ruined city of Machu Picchu, which lies high up in the Andes at over 2,300 meters. The complete hike takes four days. You cross three mountain passes and pass gorges with tropical vegetation, rainforests, waterfalls, and remote Inca ruins. Overnight in tents in designated camps along the route.


Since the Inca Trail Peru is the most popular hike in South America, you should register early. The hike is only possible with a certified guide and a pre-booked permit.


Don't feel like camping? Is the four-day hike over three mountain passes too exhausting for you? Or do you simply not have enough time available, but still want to experience the magic of the Inca Trail? Then two-day tour on the Inca Trail is just right for you! You walk the last stage of the path and still, like everyone else, you end up at the holy sun gate Inti Punku and you can visit the ruins of Machu Picchu.


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Classic Inca Trail or Short Inca Trail?

In both cases, the method of obtaining the permit is the same. The Inca Short Trail is intended for those travellers who want to hike Peru's Inca Trail, but do not want to do so for 4 days, while omitting the most difficult part of the journey. The classic 4-day is then for more experienced trekkers.


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Discover the diversity of the Inca Trail with its five unique versions


Classic Inca Trail Peru

This Inca Trail 4 days is the most popular hike in Peru and the top hike to Machu Picchu. Usually, we recommend you book this trip in advance, there is limited availability.


Why choose and book the Inca Trail?

Apart from the fact that the Inca Trail is a popular route to Machu Picchu. This Machu Picchu hike is the most requested trail among all trekkers. The Inca Trail is known for the changing weather from desert to jungle. Also there you will appreciate the flora and fauna of the trail and the Inca ruins. The most important Inca sites are Phuyupatamarca and Wiñaywayna. Arrive at Machu Picchu through to sun gate or Intipunku


Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Trip type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture. 

Total distance: 43 km/26 miles. 

Good for: Those who enjoy hiking and are at least moderately physically fit. 

Difficulty: Challenging. 

Requirements: Permit.


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Machu Picchu Hike Intrepid

The 3 day Inca Trail Intrepid is a short version of the Classic Inca Trail. Inca Trail Machu created this alternative hike for all travelers who have no time to visit Peru.


Why choose and book the 3-day Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail challenge is the best trek option for you! This trail involves 3-day hiking to Machu Picchu for the Classic Inca Trail. This is a challenging trail, yet it's the best alternative to arrive at Machu Picchu in a short time, enter by the Sun gate (Intipunku), and be dazzled by the lost city of the Incas. Book this hike and accept the challenge!


Inca Trail Machu will provide all camping equipment for you such as a sleeping bag, hiking poles, air mattress, and others. Don't worry, you don't need to rent extra equipment, also we will provide personal porters for your personal belongings


Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Trip type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture.

Total distance: 43 km/26 miles. 

Good for: Those who enjoy hiking and are at least moderately physically fit. 

Difficulty: Challenging. 

Requirements: Permit.


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Short Inca Trail

Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night

Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture. 

Total distance: 12 km/7.46 miles.

Good for: Moderately fit. 

Difficulty: Moderate. 

Requirements: Permit.


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Short Inca Trail Camping

Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night

Trip Type: Hiking, adventure, history, culture. 

Total distance: 12 km/7.46 miles.

Good for: Moderately fit. 

Difficulty: Moderate. 

Requirements: Permit.


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Salkantay Inca Trail Trek

The Salkantay to Inca Trail involves the best experience hike to Machu Picchu.


Why choose and book the Salkantay to Inca Trail trek?

This tour is a most complete hike to the lost city of the Incas. From the first to the third day, you will hike to Humantay Lake, observe the sacred mountain of Salkantay, and discover the most beautiful scenic trail without a lot of trekkers. Continue the hike to connect with the Classic Inca Trail. We will start from Huayllabamba and hike to Machu Picchu for 4 days.


Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Trip type: Hiking, camping, adventure, history, culture. 

Total distance: 67 km/42 miles. 

Good for: Those who enjoy hiking and are at least moderately physically fit. 

Difficulty: Challenging. 

Requirements: Permit.


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Who Controls the Inca Trail Permits? 

A Cusco's office of the Ministry of Culture and Sernanp are responsible for issuing permits for the Inca Trail


How Many People Can Enter the Inca Trail per Day? 

If you have inquired about the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you surely have read that there are 500 permits available every day. However, this is a bit far from the truth. Explain it better; only 200 hikers and 300 supporting staff (e.g. porters, guides, and cooks) can enter the track per day!


How Long in Advance to Make Inca Trail 2022 Booking? 

4-day Inca Trail permits must be booked at least 3 or 4 months beforehand. However, if you plan to visit it during May, June, or July; make your Inca Trail reservation 5 or 6 months in advance.


Short Inca Trail permits are not that hard to get. Despite this, it is advised to make booking weeks beforehand. In the months of May, June or July; try to book a month in advance.




Why Book the Inca Trail 2023 Now? 

You must book many months in advance to secure Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permit. The recommended time for early booking is 5-6 months, but it is possible that due to the difficult situation this year (Covid-19), it is assumed that interest in the Inca Trail 2023 will be much greater. The release of the permit for 2023 is scheduled for early October 2022 and the main concern is that 80% of the permits will be sold by the end of the year!


Decide on the Date and Season

The Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during February, so plan your trip during the open season, which runs from March to January. The high season is from May to September, and the number of permits is limited. Make sure to book well in advance if you plan to hike during these months.


What Details Are Necessary to Secure an Inca Trail Permit? 

To purchase an Inca Trail permit, you must provide your full name, passport number (current), gender, and date of birth. All information provided in the Inca Trail booking Peru must be accurate. Any mistake in the passport number or name could prevent you from entering the Inca Trail! If you change your passport after booking the Inca Trail, you must bring both passports, old and new!


How to Check the Inca Trail Availability? 

One can see permits available on the "Ministry of Culture" website, as well as on many other websites. However, it is best to check with a travel agency certified to operate the Inca Trail on Machu Picchu, as the number of permits available may vary between the time you check availability and seek a travel agency. If you wish to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail. Contact us: email info@incatrailmachu.com or WhatsApp +51 997 434 941


Important Note:

As you can see, the main problem is not "how to get a permit for the Inca Trail", but rather "when to book it"; because if you do not book your tickets in advance, you will have to reach Machu Picchu by train.


How Much Is It to Do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

The only way to do the 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is to hire the services of a travel agency authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Booking is only possible via the Internet. These agencies organize and offer their services in various qualities. For this reason, prices vary from agency to agency.


Approximate Inca Trail Peru Prices: 

  • Adult: USD 730
  • University student: USD 700
  • Children under 18 years: USD 690


What Do These Prices Include?

The price usually includes entry to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, transport by bus, train (standard class), meals, professional guides, trekking chef, Super porters (to carry equipment) and camping equipment.


Also Its included better tents, and other equipment (eg. mats, sleeping bag, hiking poles), better train transport or an extra porter, you don´t have to pay an additional price. 

What do these prices include?

Do you like to visit Huayna Picchu after the Inca Trail Peru? Additional costs are approximately USD 80 per person.


How Much Is the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu? 

Are four days of walking on the Inca Trail too much? The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a choice for people with a lack of time. This route starts the walk from the middle of the classic route. Prices vary from travel agency to travel agency.


Approximate Short Inca Trail Prices: 

  • Adult: USD 480 
  • University student: USD 450 
  • Children under 18 years: USD 440 


What Do These Prices Include?

The price commonly includes permits of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tickets, meals, train roud trip to Machu Picchu, transport by bus and professional tour guide.


If you want to have more experience in your adventure hike to machu Picchu. We recommend you Inca Trail camping tour. Our short Inca Trail package includes a professional tour guide, trekking chef, porters, and other essential services. Contact us to make your booking for the Inca Trail!


Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain is not included. You can request it by paying an extra amount of money. 


How to Book the Inca Trail 2023?

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It is not possible to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu unless it is through an authorized tour operator. We have many years of experience in operating the Inca Trail. If you want to book a place, contact us.


What we need to make your Inca Trail booking

If you want to make the booking with us. we will require the following information:


First Name:
Last Name:
Passport Number:
Date of birthday:


Important Note: You can fill out all information in our booking form, which you find on our website or our staff will send you an email with this link booking.


Why do I need to send this information for my booking to the Inca Trail?

We will need you to send us a copy of your passport to complete the details from your passport in the Inca trail booking system and obtain a permit to enter the trail. Permits are non-transferable and do not allow you to change the date! Before you can start the Inca Trail, your passport will be verified with your booking details so that no mistakes can be made!


You must bring the passport with which you made your reservation. If you have changed your passport after booking, you must bring both passports with you. Contact us and confirm the date you want to travel on the Inca Trail. Also, let us know in case you want an Inca Trail as part of a package when visiting Cusco.


If there is a discrepancy between your passport and your Inca Trail permit, you will not be allowed to start the trek; so there must be no errors in the booking process! Once we confirm your permit, it is not possible to revoke, change or transfer the Inca Trail permit to someone else!


Inca Trail Permit Purchase Step by Step? 

Booking a permit for the Inca Trail is easy and secure. You should only seek availability through an authorized travel agent. Payment should be made through a secure payment gateway (see a lock in front of the website in the search bar) using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, etc.).

Find an Authorized Agency Online

There are several agencies on the Internet that deal with Inca Trail permits. Choose the one that looks most reliable. Its website must have an Internet security system (the lock) that protects your personal information. All these agencies must be licensed by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.


Find Available Spaces
After selecting a travel agency, go to the "accessibility" section on its website. Please note that the reservation should be made approximately 6 months in advance. Find the day and month in which you want to take the Inca Trail. If you have found availability, click on "Book".


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Fill-in Your Data and Special Requirements
To buy permits for the Inca Trail, you must provide, among other things, personal data such as names, identity card number (passport), e-mail. In addition, you must indicate some special requirements such as Porter, vegetarian meals, hiking poles, etc.


Make a payment

Payment is made by various methods. Currently, PayPal is the most used because it accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Some agencies require advance payment and then complete the transaction after the client arrives in Peru. Eventually, you get a permit to perform the Inca Trail!


Inca Trail Peru: Alternatives Hike 

There are many hikes that can be a great alternative if you have not booked a permit to walk on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Salkantay Trail Peru and Lares are some of them. The next, Ausangate Trek does not end directly at Machu Picchu but offers you the opportunity to see it and visit the holiest and highest mountain in the Cusco region - Ausantate (or Apu Ausangate). However, if the Inca citadel is your main destination, you can also book Machu Picchu tickets beforehand.


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Inca Trail Booking 2023 - FAQ


When Is the Most Suitable Time to Walk on the Inca Trail? 

The main season on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is from May to September and coincides with a holiday season 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 book a permit for it many months in advance.


April, October and November are also great months to perform the Inca Trail. There are fewer tourists, although it is likely that it rains at least one day during the trek. It is also easier to find available permits, although you still need to book them months beforehand.


The rainy season lasts from January to March, and if you decide to come during this time, expect rain. However, it is perfectly safe to walk with equipment - waterproof and adequate. Again, it is much easier to get a permit to travel on the Inca Trail at this time of year.


The Inca Trail Peru closes the month of February every year because it is the rainiest month, and is used for maintenance to protect the trails. During this month, however, all alternative routes to Machu Picchu are open!


Can Children Do the Inca Trail? 

Children accustomed to trekking can perform the Inca Trail, although we personally believe that in order to enjoy such a route, they should be at least 12 years old. However, we witnessed smaller children who completed the trail! If you want to make an Inca Trail as a family, contact us and discuss the physical condition of your children in more detail.




Do I Need to Be in Great Physical Condition to Perform the Inca Trail?

It is recommended that you have a good level of fitness, but you do not have to be a fan of the exercise. If you are not in shape, it would be good to start with regular walking (uphill) a few months before this adventure.


Altitude is one of the biggest challenges of trekking in Peru; the highest step of the Inca Trail is at 4,125 metres at the Dead Woman's Pass. To help you acclimatize and avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness, we advise the following:

  • Spend 2 to 3 days in Cusco to acclimatize before going for the trek.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Drink natural coca leaves tea - an ancient medicine of our ancestors.
  • Avoid agitation and strenuous exercise upon arrival in Cusco.
  • Avoid taking sleeping pills. 

I am afraid I will Be Too Slow for My Group 

Hiking the Inca Trail is considered one of the best trek in the world, and if you want to enjoy it, do not look at it as a race. "Go at your own pace", enjoy the views, take photos and catch your breath. Even the most comfortable trekkers reach camping areas before nightfall.


Please note: A guide always goes with the last person in the group and instructs the fastest hikers to know where there are stops and meeting points on the route!


Can I Book the Inca Trail Once in Cusco? 

Due to the high demand, it is possible to book the trail only online and in advance. However, once you are in Cusco, Alternative Treks to Machu Picchu are possible!


Can I Change My Departure Date After Booking? 

No, unfortunately, once your reservation is confirmed, we can not change your trekking date or reimburse your permit! Therefore, you should be really sure of the dates when you book the trail.




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