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 have to book it in advance ant take your Inca Trail Permits:
First of all, What is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is the most famous hiking route to Machu Picchu. In total it covers 43 kilometers in 4 days and 3 nights through an ancient network of trails made by the Incas hundreds of years ago. The beginning of the route is in Pisqacucho (kilometer 82), near the town of Ollantaytambo in Cusco. The end is at the Intipunku (Sun Gate) in the Inca City of Machu Picchu.
Famous Inca Trail, considered among the 5 best hiking trails in the world. Daily they only allow a maximum of 500 people to enter their roads. Of them, approximately 200 are tourists. The others are support staff: guides, porters, cooks. This route is the way the Incas formerly arrived at Machu Picchu.
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. That’s the reason why is highly recommend to book Inca Trail in advance.
- Interesenting Info: Remember that only authorized tour operators can buy the Inca Trail tickets.
How 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 personal information 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.” So is very important that you check that all of your personal information is ok.
How long before booking the entrance to the Inca Trail?
Entrance tickets to the Inca Trail must be reserved with a minimum of 5 or 6 months before. However, if you plan to visit during May, June or July; You must get your ticket 7 or 8 months in advance.
Short Inca Trail tickets are not that hard to get. It is recommended to make the reservation weeks in advance. In the months of May, June or July; try to reserve a month before.
Now you can plan better your next adventure: Inca Trail.