Hiking the Inca Trail in 2019


    The government releases 500 permits per day. Half of these go to crew. Choose a reputable and licensed tour operator, like Alpaca Expeditions, to ensure you get your preferred date and all logistics are taken care of properly.


    Permits are first come, first serve and sell out months in advance. Before 2019 begins, most of the year will be sold out. Choose your start date and book ASAP.


    Start dates can not be changed once booked. Make sure your preferred start date works for you so you can have the 


    There are many advantages of booking with Alpaca Expeditions. We can do as much or as little of your trip planning as you like. Let us take care of it all and worry about only your flights and getting ready. Start practicing...you want to be feeling great for this amazing adventure.

Heads Up! Permits are selling out quicker than ever.


2 Day Inca Trail Availability 2019

January 2019
 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

Febuary 2019 - Closed for trail maintenance

March 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

April 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

May 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

May  2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

June 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

July 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

August 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

September 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

October 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

November 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

December 2019 - AVAILABLE (Daily departures)

4 Day, 5 Day & 7 Day Availability

ABOVE shows how many permits are left to START the trek on each day.

Note that these permits are not only for Alpaca Expeditions but for all licensed tour operators here in Cusco- Peru.

Inca Trail permits are in very high demand and are selling out fast every day! We highly suggest securing your booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this journey of a lifetime.

Alpaca Expeditions offer DAILY departures for Group & Private tours on 4, 5 and 7 day Inca Trail hikes to Machu Picchu, so feel free to choose the best date for you and your travel schedule.

Please note that we do require a minimum of 2 trekkers to start a booking. However, no worries solo travelers! You are absolutely welcome to join in one of our treks given we have a current booking open for your preferred date.

Permits are limited to 500 people per day. BOOK NOW



Most travellers are not aware of the 500 permits/day limit in the Inca Trail. In addition, most travellers do not know that this limit applies not only to trekkers entering the trail each day but also to all support staff required – guides, cooks, and porters.

To preserve the integrity of this famous part of what the Inca called the Qhapaq Ñan, no hooved pack animals are allowed along the majority of Inca Trail. We, therefore, have to rely on people (support staff) to help us carry camping gear, food, sleeping and cooking supplies. Better known as ¨chaskis¨ in ancient times and well renowned for their lightning running speed along the paths to relay messages across the vast expanse of the Inca Empire, support staff is vital to the operating of treks on the Inca Trail.
Due to such regulation, the permits required for any one group of trekkers, requires double if not triple the permits (of that of the number of trekkers) just for the support staff.

Now that you know the reason behind the Inca Trail´s high demand, you will perhaps feel a bigger need to book your permits sooner than later!

trekking the mountain

Why booking early is so important to do this amazing hike...

Hiking the Inca Trail is a bucket list worthy event, but it involves a lot of advance planning. In order to hike this amazing trail, you must book through a licensed operator, like Alpaca Expeditions, to secure permits for your trek. Permits are extremely limited and sell out almost immediately. Here are some answers to the most common questions about this process...

What do I need to hike the Inca Trail?

You NEED a permit from the government in order to hike the Inca Trail.

How do I obtain a permit?

A licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator, such as Alpaca Expeditions, must do so on your behalf.

How many permits does the government give out?

The government issues 500 permits per day for the Inca Trail. EVERYONE needs a permit, including your crew, which means that only about 200 - 300 visitors will be able to start this hike every day.

Do I need a permit for each day of the trek?

No, you only need a permit for your START date.

Once I book a permit, can I change my start date?

No. The government does not allow us to change any dates for permits. If you need to change your date, you will need to purchase a new permit and your new date is likely going to be sold out.

Shouldn't I wait until October to book then?

Definitely not! If you know that you want to do this hike, booking soon will ensure you get a permit. The government is changing the rules all the time about when they will release permits and you want all your details in our system so we are ready for the moment we are notified. Plus, booking now ensures you get our current prices for next years trek.

Am I guaranteed to get my start date?

Unfortunately no, but by booking with a trusted company like Alpaca Expeditions, you are in the best hands to make this happen. For the last three years we have been 99% successful in getting everyone's first choice for a start date. But giving us a back up or two for possible starts does help us make sure that you get to do this hike. We will always work to get your top choice and notify you if this doesn't happen (which will not be the case). If we weren't successful at all, which has NEVER happened, we will refund your money entirely - 100%.

What makes Alpaca Expeditions better at this process?

We are already working to organize our early bookings and those who booked first will be reserved by us first (another good reason to book now). The day we are notified of the release date, we work to get a few of our satellite offices around Cusco equipped with the highest speed internet to make sure that we have a huge, organized team all working hard to get you to Machu Picchu. No other company has our success rate.





Booking with Alpaca Expeditions is very easy! You only need to complete our BOOKING FORM with all required details and send us your USD $200 booking deposit per person through PAYPAL. Once both aspects of your reservation are received, our booking team will process your reservation, book your permits and confirm your Inca Trail reservation.
For the booking form, please make sure you send us complete and accurate information. Below are the details you will need on hand to complete the booking form:

  •  Full names (just as they appear on your passports)
  •  Passport number
  •  Date of Birth
  •  Nationality
  • Gender

If you are in the process of renewing your passport, send us your old passport information and we can later update it with your new passport number. If you do not have a passport number (being renewed), please send us your valid DRIVERS LICENSE number and update us with the correct passport number once available.


After we receive both your BOOKING FORM and booking deposit via PAYPAL, we will put your reservation in queue for your requested preferred date. Once permits are released, we will be ready with all required information to secure your Inca Trail permits before they sell out. Although, we cannot guarantee the successful reservation of your Inca Trail permits for a particular date at this point, we can rely on our 95% efficiency of securing our clients´ first date preferences as in previous years.

Below are some tips on how to maximize your chances of obtaining your Inca Trail permit for your preferred dates:

1.- Provide all required details via your BOOKING FORM. We must have 100 % accurate passport information for all travellers in your party. If you are in the process of renewing your passport, send us your old passport information and we can later update it with your new passport number.

2.- Provide us with your first (preferred), second (alternative) and third (alternative) date choices on which to start your Inca Trail hike.

3.- Be flexible regarding trek starting dates and wait to make all other travel plans and arrangements for after your Inca Trail trek is 100% confirmed.

The most important aspect of this process is obtaining your Inca Trail permits. Additional arrangements pertaining to additional tours, extra nights, upgrade services, equipment rental or dietary restrictions may all be confirmed once we have your Inca Trail permit in our hands!
Please note that once we secure an Inca Trail permit under your name and details, it is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable. The Ministry of Culture (regulating body of the Inca Trail) does not allow for any name, passport number or date changes.

If you have any questions at all, please write to us at AlpacaExpeditions.com.

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