Since 2004, the number of trek permits is limited to 500 per day (about 200 tourists and 300 trekking staff) so if you want to do this trek it is VITAL to book well in advance. For the high season (May to September) it advisable to book at least 3 months in advance to guarantee a place. Permits are sold on a first come, first served basis, and once all places have been booked, NO trekking operator can offer you a space on the Inca Trail
. There is no system with a waiting list. All spaces are personal and non-transferable and even if someone would cancel, no one else could take that space. Even in the low season you should book as far in advance as possible. Please also note that the Inca Trail
is closed in February of each year for maintenance.
Inca Trail booking advice
When you book, you need:
- Full name and nationality as in passport.
- Passport number.
- A photocopy of your passport or a scan of your passport.
- If you are a student, the number of your ISIC student card, and a photocopy/scan of your card.
* Downpayment of 50% of the total amount.