The Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is a popular hike that requires a permit to be reserved in advance. The following article provides details on what is necessary to reserve your permit.
Last updated: Jan. 15th 2023 Please note some details may change over time and to carefully check current conditions
Reservations & Routes
The Peru Inca Trail is a breathtaking trek through the Andes Mountains leading to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. This iconic hike is a must-do for any adventure seeker visiting Peru, and it's no surprise that the trail is highly sought after, with only 200 trekker permits per day. In this post, we will cover how you can reserve an Inca Trail trekking permit and make the most of your journey to Machu Picchu.
First and foremost, it's important to note that the Inca Trail is a protected area and requires a permit for entry. The Peruvian government strictly enforces this rule to protect the trail and preserve its natural beauty for future generations.
Most trekking agencies will handle reservations on your behalf and in many cases, this may be the best option for both the agency and the trekking group.
The permit reservation process is relatively straightforward, but it's important to plan ahead as permits can sell out months in advance, especially during peak season (May to September).
Plan ahead, and check for remaining daily available permits at incatrail.org/information/inca-trail-to-machu-picchu-permits-availability
Secure your spot on the Inca Trail, you will need to reserve a permit through the official government website, which can be found here: https://reservas.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
To reserve a permit, you will need to provide the following information:
Once you have all of this information ready, you can visit the official permit reservation website and follow these steps:
The circuits are unique routes through Machu Picchu that allow you to experience different important places in the citadel. Options also include additional treks up the 3 peaks, Wayna Picchu (Huayna Picchu), Machu Picchu Mountain, Huchuy Picchu, or the Temple of the Moon cave.
You can find detailed Inca Trail Trekking and Machu Picchu circuit route information at ticketmachupicchu.com/new-tourist-circuits-machu-picchu/
It's important to note that the Inca Trail permit fee is non-refundable, so be sure to double-check your reservation details before finalizing the booking.
Once you have your permit, you'll need to start preparing for the trek. The Inca Trail is a physically demanding hike that requires a good level of fitness and preparation. It's recommended that you train beforehand by walking or hiking
It's also important to choose a reputable trekking agency to guide you on the Inca Trail. Look for an agency that has experience leading treks on the Inca Trail and can provide all necessary equipment and support. A good trekking agency will also have a knowledgeable guide who can provide insight into the history and culture of the region, as well as ensure that you are safe and well-cared for throughout the trek.
As you make your way along the Inca Trail, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains and the chance to explore ancient ruins and sites along the way. The trail takes four days to complete, with stops at various campsites along the way. On the final day, you'll reach the iconic Sun Gate, which offers panoramic views of Machu Picchu. The feeling of accomplishment as you gaze upon this ancient wonder is truly indescribable.
The Peru Inca Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that should not be missed. By following the steps outlined above and preparing properly, you can reserve your spot on the trail and make the most of your journey to Machu Picchu. Don't wait –