Hoping to Hike the Inca Trail?
How to book the 4 Day, 5 Day or 7 Day Inca Trail!
For many people, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is on their bucket list. This 45km/26 mile trail that leads to one of the 7 World Wonders is one of the most popular hikes in the world. And it’s for a good reason. The hike is spectacular, no matter which route you take. Each day you will pass some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet and roam around amazing ruins. It is a unique adventure.
But hiking this route involves a lot of planning and prepping. In order to enter this historic route, you must have a GOVERNMENT ISSUED PERMIT obtained by a licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator – like Alpaca Expeditions. The government will only release 500 permits to start the Inca Trail each day and EVERYONE needs a permit – even our crew – so tickets sell fast. It is imperative to book these treks 5-6 months in advance.
Alpaca Expeditions, 100 % Peruvian company, is a pioneer adventure operator working hard to make our services above all others. We have daily departures, but it’s important to check with a member of our Sales team to get started. Simply email us at email@example.com, or from live chat on our website, or even call us by whatsapp to 947824774 - skype to alpacaexpeditions or the old fashion way, by phone. We are here to help answer all your questions and prepare for this amazing journey.
How to Book YourInca Trail Adventure
Make sure permits are still available
Check calendar below to make sure the government still has permits on your preferred start date.
Permits are secured with your correct name, passport number, date of birth, nationality and gender for a particular day to enter the trail. Once your permit is secured, the Peruvian government allows no changes to be made under any circumstances, permits are not transferable to another name or date. Once we receive your booking details and deposit, we will secure your permit and confirm your reservation - and you will be 100% guaranteed to enter the Inca Trail for this date. So make sure you have your passports ready and your start date set and let us do everything else!
Permits are first come, first serve and once they are secured, can not be changed. Transfers of names and dates are absolutely PROHIBITED. So make sure that your start date works well with flights and times off of work, and that your permit is purchased in the name on your passport.
2017 period is counted from March 1st of 2017 to 31st of January of 2018 , and the 2018 period is from March 1st of 2018 to January 31st of 2019.
If you are hoping to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu for next year, 2018, then you must start booking the trip now. According the new government regulation from official SERNAMP or Culture of Minister, permits for the next season may be released as early as October. Last year it was done in December and years past that were in January. Once permits are released, many dates will immiedately sell out – so getting your reservation early with a trusted company like Alpaca Expeditions increases the likelihood that you will start the trek on your top choice preferred date.
As a guideline, we have seen most of April, May, June and July sell out within 30 minutes of the permits being released. These are the peak months to visit Cusco. Of course the amount of people on the trail never changes as all 500 permits sell out every single day.
We have treks leaving almost every single day. As long as we have at least two trekkers we go. So contact us know and we will help you navigate this process.
The government has separated the Short Inca Trail permits from the longer trek. And this year they increased the amount of permits for the short trek to 250 for each day. While the longer trails sell out 6 months in advance, these permits now tend to be available much closer to the start date. So if you are late booking, this is still an option. And you still get to walk along the REAL Inca Trail through the Sun Gate to see Machu Picchu for the first time.
Please, contact us to as soon as possible enquiring the availability.
2 Day Inca Trail Availability
JANUARY 2017: CLOSED
FEBRUARY 2017: CLOSED
MARCH 2017: CLOSED
APRIL 2017: CLOSED
MAY 2017: CLOSED
JUNE 2017: CLOSED
JULY 2017: CLOSED
AUGUST 2017: AVAILABLE
SEPTEMBER 2017: AVAILABLE
OCTOBER 2017: AVAILABLE
NOVEMBER 2017: AVAILABLE
DECEMBER 2017: AVAILABLE
Availability for Alternative Treks
Alternative treks are just as beautiful as the Inca Trail and still end in Machu Picchu. There are lots of routes to choose from and we have departures almost every day. Just contact us and we will find the perfect fit for you and your schedule.
The most popular trek. Commonly treks leave every day. Trek Details
Due to the popularity of the longer version, we have created a shorter one for those in a hurry to finish. We have a few of these treks leaving every week. Trek Details
Another of our most popular Lares trek. Allows you to spend time with local families and meet the most beautiful llamas up close. Treks leave almost every day. TREK DETAILS
For those with a short amount of time in the area, but still want to experience a little camping. This is a beautiful hike and can be scheduled any day as long as we have two trekkers. TREK DETAILS
This is a beautiful hike to the now famous Rainbow Mountain. As long as we have two people, we can schedule this hike at any time. TREK DETAILS
This is an off the beaten path trek that does not visit Machu Picchu. It is done privately and can be scheduled almost any time as long as we have two trekkers. TREK DETAILS
This trek travels around Ausangate mountain, visiting the beautiful Rainbow Mountain. It is a great trek to do in addition to a trek that visits Machu Picchu. Done only privately with a 2 person minimum. TREK DETAILS
Lots of Options...
Alternative Treks with Alpaca Expeditions
There are lots of roads to Machu Picchu and other areas in the Inca Capital to explore. We have daily departures and are ready to take you on your greatest adventure yet.
Availability for Train and Day Tours
For those looking to train to Machu Picchu or just spend the day with us visiting the Sacred Valley or around the city, there are daily departures on all tours. Please talk with a member of our team and we will gladly book you for your tour around the Inca Capital.