3, 4, 5, 7, Days Classic Inca Trail Availability
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1 OR 2 Days Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Availability
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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Availability and Permits 2022 & 2023 Online
Browse through the calendar to see if they are permits available for the 4, 5 or 7D Inca trail.
Hiking the Inca Trail Trail requires a GOVERNMENT – ISSUED PERMIT obtained by a licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator
There are only 500 permits per day for the Classic Inca Trail. All visitors and professional crew needs a permit. Tickets do sell out fast (Peak season sells out within days) We recommend booking as soon as there’s availability for your preferred dates.
Check the 3 STEPS to do the right thing:
FIRST: Find out if there are permits on your preferred date to begin the Inca Trail
SECOND: Write to the Tour Operator to confirm the availability for your preferred start date.
THIRD: Heads up! Permits do sell out fast. BOOK EARLY! 2023 permits are already on sale
***Note: If your date is sold out, it´s sold out for all travel agencies, which means there are no more permits left!
*** YOU need the Inca Trail availability ONLY for the starting date of your trek!
***NOTE: During the month of February the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.
What time of year is the best time to do the Inca trail?
The best season to hike the Inca trail is the dry season, which is from April to August every year. During Cusco’s dry season it’s less likely to rain, with daily sunshine the norm and beautiful weather the standard. The peak tourism season in Cusco is between the months of May and July, which is due to the weather.
What is the process for getting Inca Trail permits?
The Inca Trail permits are regulated by the local government and can only be purchased by a licensed Peru tour operator. The process to get a permit starts with you contacting a licensed tour operator, in this case Sam Travel Peru, and checking the Inca Trail availability for your desired hiking date. The operator then checks if there is availability to hike the Inca Trail for those dates. Once the client and the operator agree on a day to hike the inca trail.
In order to book, the client sends a $200 USD deposit and the operator purchases an Inca trail permit on your behalf. The permit is non-refundable.
WHAT TO DO IF THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL IS SOLD OUT FOR YOUR DESIRED DATES?
If permits are sold out for the Classic Inca Trail on your preferred date, “don’t get stressed out,” you have so many options that will still allow you to trek and enjoy the Andes on the way to MACHU PICCHU. Alternative treks are just as beautiful as the Inca Trail. They are less crowded because we take you OFF the beaten track” in the Andes and we make sure you don’t miss anything on your trek to MACHU PICCHU.
TOP ALTERNATIVE TREK TO MACHU PICCHU:
- LARES TREK 4D/3N
- SALKANTAY TREK 5D/4N
- HUCHUY QOSQO 3D/2N
- CHOQUEKIRAW TREK 8D/7N or 4D/3N
- AUSANGATE TREK 7D/6N or 5D/4N
*** See the list of TOP alternative treks to Machu Picchu
Important Note: To buy the Inca Trail trek permit, its important to send the name exactly as written on your passport, Passport Number, Date of Birth, Nationality and Gender, without this information, there is no way to buy the permits.
***You must bring the same passport with you to Cusco and take it with you on the Inca Trail.
Very Important Note: If the name or number on your passport does not match the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
RENEWAL OR CHANGE OF NAME ON PASSPORT
If you plan to renew or change your name on your passport between making your trek booking and starting your trek, you can book your trek or tour with your current passport number or name, but you must send us a copy of your old passport and a copy of your new passport when you have them. The tour operator can then make the change with the government before you arrive. The extra cost to do the change is around US$25 per person. (This will cover the change in number or name for your Inca Trail Permit, Machu Picchu Entrance, and Train.)
If you do not advise the tour operator of the change or do not want to pay the fee, bring the original of both passports (the old and new one). You can enter Peru with your new passport but you must show the government authorities your old passport in order to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu or Train. “If you cannot do so, you will not be allowed to start your trek by the government officials. All names and numbers must match!!
If you make a trek booking at the student price you must send a copy of your ISIC card to the tour operator at the time of BOOKING. If you fail to bring your Original ISIC card on the trek, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek. “You will not be given the opportunity to pay the difference in price!”, you must take the Student or ISIC Card with you along the trek,.
Inca Trail Availability information has been provided by Sam Travel!