Inca Trail permits

Inca Trail permits

18 January 2019

If the 2019 limit was set to travel to the Inca Trail, you must make your plans as soon as possible. Book your Inca Trail permits 2019 online 6 months in advance. There are only 500 spaces available per day, approximately 200 are assigned to tourists and 300 to porters, cooks and guides.

If the number of spaces is exhausted, you will have to choose another date. If the permits are exhausted on a particular date, no travel agency will be able to offer a space. Permits can only be purchased with the visitor's name and passport number.

One thing to consider is the following: once the reservation is confirmed, there is no option to change the date, name.


The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous walks in the world, it covers 40 kilometers (24 miles) from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Puerta del Sol (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 road lasts 4 days and 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.

Both the Inca Trail and the Inca city of Machu Picchu have been designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The number of entries to both places is limited for conservation purposes.


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 much does the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu cost?


Tourism agencies in Cusco organize and provide their services of the Inca Trail in different qualities. It is for this reason that the prices vary according to each travel agency.


Inca Trail Prices

    Inca Trail Price  
Adult USD 700
University Student USD 680
Child under 18 years old   USD 680


  • Rates are approximate. Each tourism agency has its own prices.

How much does the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu cost?


The Inca Trail of 2 days and 1 night 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.


Short Inca Trail Prices


    Inca Trail Price  
Adult USD 450
University Student USD 430
Child under 18 years old  

USD 430

  • Each tourism agency manages its own rate. These are approximate prices.

How long before booking the entrance to the Inca Trail?


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.

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.


Why reserve the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu from now on?


To secure a permit to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must book many months before. 8 months is the anticipated reservation time we recommend, but it is possible that the measure of releasing the availability for the Inca Trail permits 2019, months before, has people start to book entrance tickets to the Inca Trail 2019 from now on.


How to book the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?


The only way to do the Inca Trail is to hire the services of a tourism agency authorized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Booking Inca Trail permits 2019 is only possible with the internet.

  • Search for an authorized agency online

In the network there are several agencies dedicated to offering entrance 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 Inca Trail Tour Operators 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.


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