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 cloud forest to arrive at the ruins of the citadel 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 cultural 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, these restrictions are implemented through a new reservation system that makes confirming last minute Inca Trail tours more difficult than ever.
The sale of Inca Trail entry permits 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 it's recommended to be flexible with travel dates in order to guarantee you a spot on the trail.
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 Incas' historic and highly developed irrigation system, along with the remains of their palaces, temples, and fortifications. Adventure Life offers a number of travel packages that give you the opportunity to walk the in the footsteps of the Incas. Check out our Peru options here
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