How to get Inca Trail permit?

Every year thousands of people are attracted to the City of Cusco by the energy of the Andes Mountains, but only a few can experience the magic of feeling this energy, traveling one of the most amazing walks in the world, an Inca Trail of 500 years of antiguaty. The Inca Trail is a center of beauty, mysticism, spirituality, challenge and history, built by the legendary Inca civilization. Unlike other walks in Peru and the world, the Inca Trail is a protected area, so you need also a permit for visit it. Now we tell you how to get Inca Trail permit.

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Who controls the permits?

An office called the Regional Office of Culture Cusco, is responsible for issuing permits for the Inca Trail. In case you did not know, only 500 people can get the permits to travel the Inca Trail every day; of these 500 people, only 200 will end up entering the Inca City of Machu Picchu; the other 300 people, belong to the support team that is needed during the walk; guides, porters and cooks.


How to get Inca Trail permit?

In reality, how to get Inca trail permit? The entity in charge of the Inca Trail revenues only allows tourism operators to buy entrance tickets for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. If you want to travel the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, contact with your Inca Trail tour operator. There are 250 tour operator in Cusco.

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What information is needed to reserve permits for the Inca Trail?

To buy the Inca Trail permits, you must provide your full name, passport number (current), sex and date of birth. All the information provided to reserve the Inca Trail must be exact, any error in the passport number or the name could cause them to prevent you from entering the Inca Trail. “If after reserving the Inca Trail (6 months before) change your passport, you must bring both passports with you, the old and the new.”


How to check the available income to the Inca Trail?

You can see the permits available on the “Ministry of Culture” page and on many other pages; however, it is best that this be verified by the agency with which you contract. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, since the amount of available income may vary between the time you check availability and choose the travel agency. Contact us if you wish to enter Machu Picchu by the Inca Trail.


As you can see, the main problem is not “how to get the permits of the Inca Trail”, but rather “when to reserve them”; since you do not book your tickets in advance, you will have to enter Machu Picchu by train.