The Inca trail is located inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. As it is a protected area there are a number of regulations to protect the trail and archeological sites.
The Inca Trail Permit system limits the number of hikers allowed on the trail. Only 500 people are permitted to depart upon the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu per day. This includes visitors, porters, cooks, and guides. It is therefore essential to make Inca Trail reservations well in advance, as the system is on a first-come first-served basis. The trail fills several months in advance during the busiest times of the year: June - October. Each request for a permit must accompany a reservation for a hike and must include the complete name, nationality, date of birth, passport number and the program length, for all travelers.
Availability of Inca Trail Permits
There are only 500 permits issued
per day for the
Inca Trail Route 1,
4 Day / 3 night hike from km. 82.
As of February 5, 2019
all permits for Route 1 have been issued
up to the middle of August 2019.
If you wish to do the 3 night hike, you must
choose a date after the middle of August.
You can still do the Short Inca Trail:
There are still permits available
every day of every month
for the 1 Day (no overnight camping)
Short Inca Trail Day Hike from km. 104.
Make your plans early, to avoid being disappointed.
You can NOT hike the Inca Trail without a permit.
|The Inca Trail is CLOSED during February.|
IMPORTANT: The Inca Trail Authority that issues these permits, requires your passport number to issue the permit. When you show up at the trail head to start the hike, the passport number on the permit MUST match the number in your passport, or you will not be able to hike the Inca Trail. Please send us only valid passport numbers. If you have applied for a new passport, wait until you get the new passport number to have us request (and pay for) your permit OR bring your OLD passport with you when you travel to check-in at the trailhead.