HIKING THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU IN 2020?
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The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is considered to be one of the most amazing hikes in the world! This historically renowned trail was built approximately 900 years ago by the Incas to connect their capital city of Cusco to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu. Today tourists start their hike from KM82, which is located along the railway leading to the town just south of Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes. This challenging hike offers trekkers incredible vistas of the Andes as they travel the total distance of 45km /26 miles.
Understandably, access to the Inca Trail is extremely regulated by the Peruvian government. Entrance to the trail is restricted by a permit process and only 500 permits are issued per day. Everybody entering the trail, trekkers and trekking staff, needs a permit so they sell out quickly. A typical day on the trail consists of approximately 200 trekking tourists and 300 trekking staff made up of guides, chef’s and porters.
WHEN DO I NEED TO BOOK THIS HIKE NOW FOR 2020?
Because of the incredible demand for access to the Inca Trail, booking at least 6 months to a year before is imperative. We are constantly receiving requests for bookings right up until the day permits are released, which is normally the first week of October.
WHY BOOK BEFORE PERMITS ARE RELEASED?
Organized companies like Alpaca Expeditions make sure they have all updated information for their clients ready to be logged in the minutes permits are released. These permits are snatched up within days, sometimes just hours, of the release and once a date is sold out there is no option to hike that start date any longer. Any delay in this process could mean we are unable to secure your access permit to the Inca Trail.
CAN I BOOK AT LAST MINUTE?
Although some permits are released at later dates, our experiences have taught us it is always wise to avoid last minute bookings. Because we must have all of your information correct, including your name, family names, passport number, date of birth, gender and nationality, please do not wait until the last minute and book now if you have set dates!
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO I NEED TO BOOK THIS HIKE?
We need your personal details as they match your passport. Full name as written in your passport, passport number, date of birth, nationality and gender. If you are renewing your passport, we will book with your old passport number (or license number) and we will update once your new passport arrives. Further details are written below.
I DON’T HAVE MY PASSPORT YET, HOW DO I BOOK? or MY PASSPORT WILL EXPIRE BEFORE MY HIKE, WHAT DO I DO NOW?
You can book this hike with your current passport and when you obtain your new passport you simply need to take photos of both your old and new passports then email us those photos at email@example.com and we will update your permit information at the government office. If you are still in the process of obtaining your passport, you can still book with your drivers license information and when you obtain your new passport then simply email us a photo of both your new passport and your drivers license and we will update your permit information at the government office.
HOW DO I BOOK THIS HIKE?
It’s always good to talk to one of experts before you get started. But when you are ready, simply fill out the booking form found on our website and send us a deposit of $200 US per person. As soon as we receive your completed booking form and the $200 deposit per person, we will email you to confirm that you are on our list. Once permits are released from the government, our staff will confirm once again that all is set and your permits are secured for your preferred date.
DO I NEED TO CHOOSE A FEW BACK UP DATES OR YOU ARE GOING TO SECURE 100% FOR SURE FOR OUR PREFERRED DATE THE PERMITS?
We work hard to get permits for your preferred date - in fact we normally secure 98% of the preferred dates for our customers. However we ask that you also give us at least 2 alternative dates just in case we are unable to secure permits for your preferred date. This ensures we can still get permits for you and make sure you can experience the Inka Trail!
CAN I DO THIS HIKE WITHOUT A TOUR PROVIDER?
To put it simply, no! This hike can only be booked by a fully licensed tour operator and Alpaca Expeditions is a 100% licensed and awarded company here in Cusco, Peru. We take pride in the journeys we create for our clients and we guarantee you won’t regret putting your trust in Alpaca Expeditions!
HOW BIG ARE THE GROUPS IN 2020?
Our groups sizes are normally between 8-10 people, although our minimum size is 2 and maximum is 16. We prefer to lead smaller groups which allows us to provide more personalized services. Hiking with smaller groups is often more comfortable for our clients and it allows you to get to know your fellow hikers better as well.
CAN I BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR?
YES, absolutely! A private tour means that you will have your own personal guide, porters, chef, dining tent and toilet tent during the tour. However, you may not be camping or hiking completely alone at all times as there may be other groups camping and hiking the trail as well.
AFTER I BOOK THIS TRAIL, CAN I CHANGE THE STARTING DATE?
You can absolutely change your starting date before the permits are issued at no extra charge. HOWEVER, after the permit has been obtained on your behalf it is not possible to change the start date or to pass the permit to someone else. Permit dates and personal information cannot be changed once they have been issued.
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