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Official Inca Trail Permits & Availability 2024 On- line

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the most popular hikess in the world, and as such, availability is limited. If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail, it is important to book your trip well in advance. The availability of the Inca Trail is affected by a number of factors, including the time of year, the number of people in your group, and the number of spaces regulated by the Peruvian state.

Only 500 trekking permits are issued per day for Inca Trail treks; Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits are also required for your travel team such as porters, cooks, and guides; therefore, booking the Inca Trail in advance is essential. because there are multiple needs, to take care of, there is no set amount of time in advance that you must book and guarantee an Inca Trail to Machu Picchu entrance ticket.

The best time to hike the Inca Trail is the dry season, which runs from May to September. It is also the busiest time of the year, so it is important to book your trip as far in advance as possible, at least 5 to 6 month in advance.

  • If th Inca Trail is sold out for the date you want, then is sold out for all travel agencies.
  • The Inca Trail availability is ONLY required for the starting date of the hike!
  • In February – The 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 days Inca Trail is closed for maintenance.


Check Inca Trail availability

Make sure the government still has permits available for your start date.


Check with us

Confirm Inca trail availability with our sales team via chat, email, or phone that your start date is available.


Finalize early

Permits sell out months in advance; book early! Reservations based on Inca Trail availability are now open.

4, 5 or 7 days classic inca trail availability

Browse through the calendar to see if there are permits available for the 4, 5 or 7 Day Inca trail.

The permits can be bought ONLY by the licensed tour operator.

There are only 500 permits per day for the Classic Inca Trail. All visitors and professional crew needs a permit. Tickets do sell out fast (Peak season sells out within days) We recommend booking as soon as there’s availability for your preferred dates.


Please note that the Inca Trail will be closed on February, 2024 for the 4 days Inca trail due to maintenance.

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  • First check the calendar above for availability, make sure permits are still available. Then contact your operator like Orange Nation Peru!
  • Then send the persona informaiton of each participant to your Inca Trail operator, without the personal information, there is no way to buy the permits..
  • The Inca Trail Operator will ask for a non-refundable or transferable deposit of USD211
  • Then make sure your selected Inca Trail Operator has bought the permits.
  • Finally get ready and hike theInca Trail on you desire date!

*** We do recommend to book the permistat least 4 to 6 months in advance!

Important Note: To purchase your Inca Trail trek permit, we do use the names and passport numbers that you provide (they must be your full names and must be accurate)
You must bring the same passport with you to Cusco and take it with you on the Inca Trail.

Very Important Note: If the name or number on your passport does not match the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund

Here are some key points to keep in mind regarding Inca Trail availability and permits:

  • The Inca Trail is closed every February for maintenance.
  • Only 500 permits are issued per day for hikers and trekking staff, and this includes porters and guides.
  • Permits can sell out quickly, especially during peak season (May to September), so it’s recommended to book well in advance.
  • You can only hike the Inca Trail with a licensed tour operator like Orange Nation Peru.
  • Permits are non-transferable and non-refundable.

What can I do if Inca Trail permits are already sold out for my desired date?

If you find out the Inca Trail permits sold out for your desired date, no worries there are many alternative hikes that don’t require permits. Check them out:

  • 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Inca Trail 2 days is an awesome option for those who don’t have time or desire to trek the full length of the Inca Trail. You will cover a distance of 12km / 7.5 miles. You will enjoy all the best bits of the Inca Trail condensed into a 1-day hike. In addition, you are going to see Machu Picchu 2 times, more information here!
  • Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu 4 or 5 days: The Salkantay hike is an excellent way to arrive at Machu Picchu. Less well known than the Classical Inca Trail. The Salkantay hike is easy to book. And on top of that, many travelers say the Salkantay trek is just as pretty! That’s why many travelers looking for a multi-day hike to Machu Picchu choose the Salkantay trail, also this hike includes the Humantya Lake
  • Lares Trek: Lares Trek is the best Cultural alternative trek of the Inca Trail if you are thinking to explore lightly trodden trails. This amazing hike will bring you to explore remote villages and schools, and hike along with Chinchillas, llamas, and alpacas while you enjoy unparalleled views of the glacier mountains and lakes.
  • Inca Quarry Trail trek: If you are looking for an alternative hike to Inca Trail and you don’t like to hike with crowds, the Inca quarry trek 4 days is best for you, it is one of the newest treks that offer you beautiful sites such as unparalleled views of snowcapped peaks, waterfalls, and archeological sites.
  • Huchuy Qosqo Trek: Huchuy Qosqo hike is one of Peru’s most pretty and rewarding treks. This hike will take you by some of the country’s most amazing landscapes, sweeping mountain views, lakes, Sacred valley, and Inca Ruins.
  • Ausangate trek: Ausangate trek offers superb alpine scenery, a challenging route, very few people, strong cultural components, and an amazing countryside that exceeds your expectations. For those who really love trekking and mountains, it is an epic hike, even it will include the Rainbow mountain.

Inca trail faq´s

The Inca trail is a famous hiking trail in Cusco, Peru. It has many variations including the popular Classic Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail. The trail follows in the same footsteps the Incas took more than 600 years ago, enroute to the sacred Machu Picchu Citadel. Also known as ¨Camino Inka.¨

The Inca Trail begins in the at the KM 82 and ends at Machu Picchu Inca city. You have the pleasure of trekking through various micro-climates in the Andes Mountain before arriving at your destination at the foot of the Amazon Jungle.

The only way to book the Inca Trail tickets is by choosing the best licensed Inca Trail Operator like Orange Nation Peru. Once you have chosen a tour operator, you select your travel dates and check availability. Once availability is confirmed for the dates required, you pay your deposit, forward personal information and copy of passport to your tour operator. Finally, your tickets are booked and you receive a confirmation email.

There are many questions to ask yourself and factors to consider before settling on a tour operator. We recommend choosing a local tour operator because only they can be licensed to do the Inca Trail and are less likely to hand you over to third party. See some great local tour operators here!

Since 2002 everyone needs a guide and permit to hike this historical monument. The Peruvian government imposed a number of regulations and limitations on the number of people that can start the trek on any given day. They did this to ensure the continued preservation of this for future generations.

Permits for the Inca Trail can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator. You cannot obtain a permit directly from the Peruvian government. Tour operators will purchase permits on your behalf, and you must provide your passport information when booking.

This is fully dependent on the tour operator you choose. Ususally the tour package includes a licensed, bilingual and knowledgeable guide for the entirety of the trek, including a guided tour inside the Citadel of Machu Picchu. We provide personal porters to carry your luggage up to 7Kg and to set up your campsites during the hike. Our chef and the assistant will prepare abundant, restaurant standard meals. Finally, we provide camping equipment of the highest standard and quality.