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The Inca trail is one of the few treks in the universe that combine history, natural beauty, and mystery. The astonishing 42km trail cuts through three magnificent, high passes and meanders between several archeological sites. It culminates at the awe-inspiring, and famous, Machu Picchu. However, in order to see this incredible sight, you have to get permits to hike the Inca Trail.

Why Do You Need Permits to Hike the Inca Trail?

Hiking the Inca trail requires you (both the 4-days and 2-day hikers) to have a permit because:

It is the rule.

With the growth in popularity over the years, the Inca Trail began deteriorating. Between 1996 and 2001, the high seasons could host over 1,600 tourists every day, without any regulations as to where to camp, use the bathroom, or even dispose waste. This led to bad scenery, and the trail became a very long trash can and latrine.

To counter the destruction and preserve the trail, the government of Peru established the Inca Trail Regulations in 2002. These rules regulate the number of tourists who can be on the trail on any particular day and provide guidance for camping and disposing of waste.

The permits are issued for 500 people per day. That will include permits for the guides, cooks, porters, all camp staff, and thus leave about 250 slots for the visitors. This ensures that during your trip, you will have people who will carry your extra loads, camping equipment, and who will cook and set up the camps for you. The guides will also direct you to the most scenic parts of the trail. Having all the camping staff enhances your hiking experience greatly.

Obtaining an Inca Trail Permit

The government of Peru issues permits on the first come basis through the La Dirección Regional de Cultura (DRC). However, only DRC-ratified travel operators are allowed to purchase the permits. To buy your permit, the operators will require your full name, date of birth, a valid passport number, and more.

Bottom Line

From the name itself, the Inca trail conjures up images of magic, grandeur, and history. At Alpaca Expeditions, we have been certified by the DRC and hence can help you get your permits in time to hike the trail. Besides, with our experienced staff that consists of top-rated chefs, porters, and guides, you can soak in the life-challenging experiences and breathtaking beauty that the Inca Trail has to offer. To learn more about how to get permits to hike the Inca Trail, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.

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