The Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is considered to be one of the most amazing treks in the world, for its exquisite natural beauty and different ecological niches ranging from the Mountains to tropical forests. The Incas created a vast network of roads that go throughout the Andes from Argentina to Colombia and from the coast to the Amazon rainforest.This inca trail was built approximately 620 years ago , to connect their capital city of Cusco to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu. The 4 day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu is a branch, which goes from the Andes to the Jungle.
Today tourists start their hike from KM 82 piscakucho, which is located in the end of the Sacred Valley very close of Ollantaytambo, in the way to Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes. This challenging hike offers trekkers incredible views of ,several inca temples, amazing cloud forest, and sacred mountains the total distance is 45 km /26 miles.
It is becoming more and more difficult to get permits. In 2023, almost all of the permits were sold out for the high demand weeks of April, May, June and July of 2023 within the 1st day of going on sale. By the end of March 2023, the permits were almost completely sold out until mid September.
This year, permits for 2024 are going on sale the 1st of October 2023. It will probably be more difficult for the 2024 season to get permits. The demand is going up! BOOK NOW to secure your 4 days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu permits.
Access to the Inca Trail is extremely regulated by the Peruvian government. Entrance to the trail is restricted by a permit process and only 500 permits are issued per day. Everybody entering the trail, trekkers and trekking staff, needs a permit so they sell out quickly. A typical day on the trail consists of approximately 200 trekking tourists and 300 trekking staff made up of guides, chef’s and porters.