Being carried, Cusco
You can check out the availability of Inca Trail trek permits in real-time by clicking on: Availability Inca Trail Permit
Click on "Consultas", select year & month and you will see how many places are still left on the date you wish to depart (link: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/). To make a printout select "Imprimir" via Flash or PDF.
When you wish to book for the Inca Trail:
We design a tailor made travel for you, integrating the Inca trail in your travel plan and according to your travel wishes & flight data. The Inca Trail is booked by us and taken care of by our local operator in Cusco. (nb: every Cusco operator needs to have a special Inca Trail license in order to be able to operate the Inca Trail trekking.)
Further details about the Inca trail, like what to bring with you, if it is recommended to hire an extra porter for your personal belongings etc, we give in the process of the travel design and booking.
Inca Trail trek permits:
The information shown is from the government trek permit database and shows the realtime availability of Inca Trail trek permits. Trek permits are required for the classic 4-day Inca Trail, the shorter 2-day Inca Trail program (Camino Real) and the 7-day Salkantay / Inca Trail trek. Alternative treks such as Lares Valley, Ausangate, Choquequirao, and the alternative 5-day Salkantay Trail via Santa Teresa to Machu Picchu do not require trek permits.
The government issues a maximum of 500 trek permits for each day. Since trekking staff are also included within this limit of 500 persons this means that, on average about 200 trek permits are allocated to tourists and about 300 allocated to guides, cooks and porters.
The Inca Trail: the classical 4 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most famous treks in the world. The appeal of this particular trek is the stunning combination of Inca ruins, magnificent mountains, exotic vegetation and extraordinary ecological variety. The trail goes over high passes with unforgettable views, through cloud forest, and finally into subtropical vegetation. After the trail you can choose to return to Ollantaytambo on day 4 and stay overnight there, to continue to Cusco, or stay one night longer in Aguas Calientes and return on the 5th day - giving more time to explore Machu Picchu, the hot baths of Aquas Calientes, climb the mountain Putu Kusi and visit the waterfalls & botanical garden Mandor in the surrounding area. On contacting us we can check directly the Inca Trail permit availability for you. Note that the rain season may start in December, lasts until end of March and that the Inca trail is closed in the month February. In case the classical Inca trail is fully booked there are several alternative trails possible, as the 4 day Lares trail or the Salkantay Inca trail which leads you in 5 days to Aquas Calientes beneath Machu Picchu without the requirement of a permit. Besides there is a short Inca trail program of 2 days called the Camino Real which requires a permit same as the classical Inca trail.
More trekkings we offer are the Ausangate trekking in 4 to 5 days, the Ausangate Sibinacocha trekking in 7 to 8 days, the classical Choquequirao trekking, the Juchujqosqo trek from 2-3 days from Tambomachay to Calca, Alpamayo, Cordillera Blanca & Cordillera Huayhuash treks and a few more new trails. The most challenging Inca trekking we can offer is from Cachora to Choquequirao and from there continue via Yanama to the Inca site Vitcos (Yurak Rumi, described as White Rock by Hiram Bingham) in the Vilcabamba valley from where you continue through the mountains and rainforest to Santa Theresa and Machu Picchu.
NEW: The Inca jungle Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a new route which involves biking from Abra Malaga to Santa Marta, walking on 2 newly discovered Inca trails and the highest zipline of South America. The multiple terrain trip, includes recently discovered real Inca paths, archaeological ruins, an 60 km bike downhill on mountain bikes, through the mountains from Abra Malaga to the green valleys below and the jungle base of Santa Maria. On the third day you reach the top of Llactapata with amazing views, flanked by the high peak of the Salkantay. The fourth day, after three nights the trip ends with sunrise at Machu Picchu and return to Cusco by train and bus.
Interpretation of the database results of the Machu Picchu Government site:
If the number of spaces available is zero then it means that all the trek permits have been sold out for that date and no company will be able to offer you space on the Inca Trail. The only options that you have are to look at an alternative departure date or an alternative trek to the Inca Trail. The number of remaining spaces does not fall steadily, rather it falls exponentially coming closer to the date of departure. That is to say that the number of spaces remains between 300 and 500 stable for quite a long time but as it starts to fall below 250 or more, local operators have to decide to buy permits for their groups and the rate that the spaces drop starts to increase rapidly. Often the last 100 spaces can be sold out in one day ! To give an example: just because there may be 150 spaces available on the day that you want to start the trek, by the time you have decided to book your travel, it doesn't mean that there will still be 150 spaces left.
So it is highly recommended to book your Inca Trail as far in advance as possible, for high season this should be 4 - 5 months ahead.