Thinking About Hiking the Inca Trail in 2018?

Breaking News:Permits for hiking the Inca Trail in 2018 NOW AVAILABLE!Ensure you do this amazing trek in 2018, BOOK NOW.There's no time to wait!January 2018 Permits Released on October 5thMarch 2018 Permits Released on October 6thApril 2018 Permits Released on October 7thMay 2018 Permits Released on October 8thJune 2018 Permits Released on October 9thJuly 2018 Permits Released on October 10thAugust 2018 Permits Released on October 11thSeptember 2018 Permits Released on October 12thOctober 2018 Permits Released on October 13thNovember 2018 Permits Released on October 14thDecember 2018 Permits Released on October 15th

BOOK NOW to hike the Inca Trail in 2018 

 

Starting on Thursday, October 5th, the Ministry of Culture will begin allowing licensed Inca Trail tour operators, like Alpaca Expeditions, to secure the permits for their pre-booked clients. They are now available.

So if this is a journey you dreamed about making next year, do not wait...book now. Permits are limited and sell out quickly and in order to secure the start date you really prefer, early reservations are needed.

So what do you need to do? Complete our BOOKING FORM with all your details with will include...

  • Full Name as written on your passport
  • Passport Number. This must be the passport that you plan to use to enter the Inca Trail. If you are renewing your passport or do not have one yet, please send us your valid Drivers License number and then update our team once the correct passport is in your hands.
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality

We will then need a $200 deposit per person sent to us through PayPal. Our team will confirm your reservation once all is received and then we will notify you again once the permits are in our hands. 

Once we have everything, its your turn to start working out, hiking, climbing steps and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Are you hoping to hike the Inca Trail in 2018? Ever since Machu Picchu earned the distinction of being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, its popularity has been increasing steadily, and we are seeing people from every possible corner of the world now in Peru sporting trekking poles and camelbacks! The Inca Trail is selling out as much as six months in advance.

It's never too early to start thinking of making your dream come true!  Permits for our 2018 season (which begins in March ) will begin being released October 5th and early booking is key to making sure you get your preferred start date - especially for March, April, May, and June treks, some dates sell out the very day they are released. (February 2018 the Inca Trail will close for a month – February is our wettest month - during which time maintenance of the Trail is also carried out.) make your booking HERE

Many people don’t realize that there is a limit of 500 trekkers per day to start the Inca Trail, and those numbers include all of the support staff – guides, cooks, and porters. To preserve the integrity of this famous part of what the Inca called the Qhapaq Ñan. The 24,800-mile system of paths that run through the Andes and the ancient Inca Empire is now recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. No Hooved pack animals are allowed along the majority of what is now known as the Inca Trail. We, therefore, have to rely on people to help us carry camping gear, food, sleeping and cooking supplies. In ancient times these people were called “chaskis” that ran like lightning along these paths tag-team style and were famed for the speed in which they could get messages across the vast expanse of the Inca Empire.

Today, for each group of 6 trekkers, Alpaca Expeditions will have 11 porters, one chef, and one guide. So you can see that we need triple the number of permits to enter the Inca Trail as we have trekkers. Thus the high demand for the 500-per-day permits.

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This is how to maximize your chances of receiving a permit to hike the Inca Trail:

Fill in our Booking Form with all of your details – we must have your accurate passport information as well to secure your permit (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). On the Booking Form we will need your first, second and third choices for dates to start your Inca Trail hike.

With your deposit of $200 per person, we will put your reservation in a queue for your requested dates and on the day that the permits are released we will be in the Permit Office. Though at this point we cannot guarantee that we will get you a particular date, but last year we did secure 95% of our client’s first date preferences.

The entire month of May sold out in the first few hours when permits were released this year. The important thing is to secure your permit to enter the Inca Trail – you can make decisions regarding staying extra nights, equipment rental or dietary restrictions once we have your permit in hand. Please be aware that once we have your permit to enter the Inca Trail in your name, it is 100% non-refundable and non-transferable. The Peruvian government does not allow for any changes at all to names or dates. We recommend that you wait until you have a permit to make your airline reservations.

So – what are you waiting for?

4, 5 & 7 Day Inca Trail Availability

JANUARY 2018: AVAILABLE
FEBRUARY 2018: CLOSED
MARCH 2018: AVAILABLE
APRIL 2018: AVAILABLE  
MAY 2018: AVAILABLE 
JUNE 2018: AVAILABLE
JULY 2018: AVAILABLE
AUGUST 2018: AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2018: AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 2018: AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2018: AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2018: AVAILABLE

2 Day Inca Trail Availability

JANUARY 2018: AVAILABLE
FEBRUARY 2018: CLOSED
MARCH 2018: AVAILABLE
APRIL 2018: AVAILABLE
MAY 2018: AVAILABLE
JUNE 2018: AVAILABLE
JULY 2018: AVAILABLE
AUGUST 2018: AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2018: AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 2018: AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2018: AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2018: AVAILABLE

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

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