Planning ahead is now required in order to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Recent changes made to regulations and permits to hike the Inca Trail have made last minute reservations difficult to get and practically impossible in the high seasons.
This ancient and unforgettable stone-path highway climbs mountain passes, meanders through river valleys and descends through cloudforest to arrive at the lost city of Machu Picchu over a 4-day pilgrimage. It is one of the most popular destinations in Peru travel.
In order to better manage and protect this wonderful treasure, the National Institute of Culture (INC) and Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Management Unit (UGM) have instituted several restrictions to hiking the Inca Trail. The new restrictions limit the number of hikers on the trail, which is great news for conservation along the trail. Unfortunately, the restrictions are implemented through a new reservation system that makes confirming last minute Inca Trail tours more difficult than ever.
In past years, Adventure Life easily arranged Inca Trail trips a month or less in advance, even during peak travel season in Peru. The sale of Inca Trail entry permits from the UGM and INC opens in the month of October to reserve treks for the following year. Permits for the months of April-September sell out within days or even hours after the opening of sales. So, it's necessary to reserve your trip during this period before October the year before you want to travel, and recommendable to be flexible with travel dates in order to guarantee you a spot on the trail.
Although we can often work miracles and confirm Inca Trail treks even a month or less in advance if traveling in the low season of September-January, travelers can save themselves unneeded worry by planning early.
The Inca Trail is not to be missed. It offers spectacular views of the mountains, as well as a unique and vast variety of vegetation and animal life, some of which are considered to be in danger of extinction. The trail also offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable past of the people who carved a lasting impression on the landscape and culture of the region. Discover the Inca's historic and highly developed irrigation system, along with the remains of their palaces, temples, and fortifications. Adventure Life Journeys offers a number of travel packages that give you the opportunity to walk the in the footsteps of these early people. Check out our web-site at: www.adventure-life.com/peru
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