What you need to know about the most sought-after trail permits
Planning to walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu next year? Inca Trail permits will be released from October 11th, so it's a good idea to book your Inca Trail trek now to ensure you don't miss out in 2022.
Forget about last minute bookings on the Inca Trail during the peak season, with only 500 permits available per day – for trekkers and crew, they get snapped up quickly. The 2022 Inca Trail trekking season extends from March until December, but last season, permits for the most popular dates in May, June and August sold out within days (some, just hours!).
The main thing you need to know about Inca Trail Permits is that they are in very low supply and there is a very high demand for them each year. Here's a quick guide to everything else you need to know about getting your Inca Trail permits:
Why do I need a permit to trek the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is one of the world’s most popular adventure travel experiences. To help protect the trail from its over-popularity a permit system was introduced to limit the number of people on the trail to 500 a day. The ‘500 people a day’ doesn’t just include trekkers, it also includes cooks, porters, and guides. This is why you need to book your Inca Trail trip very early.
Where do I get an Inca Trail permit from?
Only approved tour operators, like Valencia Travel, can obtain an Inca Trail permit. As part of our all-inclusive trip pricing, the cost of the permit is already included in the tour cost.
Which months are the hardest to get a permit?
The most popular time to hike the Inca Trail is between May and August, with permits for May and June selling out within days – sometimes hours – once released. So, if you have your heart set on doing the classic 4-day trek or joining a section of the legendary trail to Machu Picchu, be sure to book well in advance to get a permit for your desired travel dates.
When should I book my Inca Trail trek?
At least 6-8 months in advance. The earlier you book the better the chance of securing a permit. Valencia Travel has many years of experience offering high quality, fully supported walking tours in Peru. Don't leave your Inca Trail walk to chance, join us on one of the greatest short treks in the world.
Can I trek to Machu Picchu without a permit?
If you want to avoid the popular trail and discover lesser-trekked routes, there are other options that trek through lush valleys, alpine lakes, and snow-capped peaks before reaching stunning views of Machu Picchu. Our Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu take travellers on a wilder route; or visit more varied trails away from the crowds, which take you to other spectacular Inca Ruin sites, such as Choquequirao.
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