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Inca Trail 2023

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 04-10-2022


If you are looking to hike one of the best treks in the world next year, look no further! Valencia Travel can offer any dates to hike the Classic Inca Trail for the upcoming year. However, there are some things that you should be aware of if you are looking to hike this world-famous trail.


Inca Trail


The following information will help you decide the best time to hike the trail and when you need to book. Availability for the Inca Trail, Huayna Picchu, and Machu Picchu Circuits in 2023 will be on sale next week! It is highly recommendable that you make your booking NOW with us via our website to guarantee your booking for 2023.


Inca Trail Valley


When to Book


The Peruvian government has recently informed us that Inca Trail Permits for departures in 2023 will go on sale on October 10th, 2022, for the whole of 2023.  Permits for the dates in the high season (April, May, and June) usually sell out within a few hours, so you should book as soon as possible to guarantee your preferred dates. Please try to book before the end of October 2022, if possible, to avoid disappointment. 


Starting the Inca Trail


Permits are limited every year to 500, and this includes porters and guides, leaving just 200 permits for hikers to trek the trail. Even if you plan to trek in the low season, we recommend booking 7-9 months in advance to guarantee your space. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed during February each year, as the Ministry of Culture performs necessary maintenance, cleaning, and repairs along the trail. The entrance to the Inca Trail re-opens once more on March 1st. 


View from The Inca Trail




The availability of the Inca trail, both the classic and the 2-day option, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Circuits, is provided by the Ministry of Culture. Here is some information you should take into account:

The month of February is the rainy season, so the Ministry of Culture closes the Inca Trail. Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huayna Picchu remain open during February.

.Availability is exclusively administered by the Ministry of Culture. Only they can manage and authorize access to the Inca Trail.


Inca Trail


The Classic Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail tickets  Classic Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail include the Machu Picchu entrance fee on the last day.

Only the ticket that indicates "Llaqta of Machu Picchu" allows you to choose one of the four established circuits inside the archaeological site.

Please note that any trek to Machu Picchu, such as the Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, Choquequirao to Machu Picchu Trek, or Ausangate Trek ... will include the visit to Machu Picchu citadel on the last day. 


Arriving to Machu Picchu



Here is a live link showing Inca Trail availability (in Spanish) to show you how many permits are still available.


Campsite on the  Inca Trail

Book your Inca Trail 2023 now and avoid disappointment here!


Approaching Machu Picchu