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The Inca Trail trek permits can sell out several months in advance. Unlike the Machu Picchu entrance tickets you can't buy the trek permits yourself.
Only licensed Inca Trail Tour Operators are able to purchase the permits. When considering a Peru Vacation, you need to ensure that you are able to complete the ultimate Inca rite of passage – the Inca trail!
The four day trek or one day trail takes you along one of the original Inca roads to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, a place that was once the reserve of Inca royalty and high priests.
Inca trail availability is tight; it usually books up months in advance, especially during the peak months of June, July and August.
The numbers allowed on the trail are restricted by the Peruvian government by issuing only a limited number of permits that includes the guides, porters and chefs as well as the actual trekkers.
By restricting access to the trail the government can ensure that the trail is preserved and it gives trekkers a better trekking experience.
Whether you want to do the 7-day Salkantay Inca Trail, or the 5-day (Inca Trail 5 days), 4-day or 2-day Inca Trail, you will need a permit from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. When checking for availability please remember that access to the trail is limited by the Ministry of Culture. This means that all travel agencies have the same availability.
If you see available spaces for the date you want to start the hike, this does not mean you will find the same number of spaces available if you delay when making your booking. This is because permits sell out quickly. If you see places available now for your planned departure date, we recommend that you book immediately.