Thinking of trekking the Inca Trail next year? Get your first choice of dates by securing your Inca Trail permit as soon as they are issued.
2018 Inca Trail permits go on sale on 15th October 2017, with peak season dates selling out fast.
Our team in Peru is on hand and ready to collect permits for all pre-booked customers in person. Giving you the best chance of securing the required permit for your chosen dates.
Why do you need a permit for the Inca Trail?
Historically as many as 1,600 people per day were trekking the Inca Trail trek during the high season. There were no regulations and many trekkers camped wherever they wanted, disposing of rubbish along the trail. The Inca Trail started to get a lot of negative press and UNESCO threatened to remove its status as a World Heritage Site.
In 2002, Inca Trail Regulations were introduced in order to protect the monument. These regulations restrict the number of visitors and prevent hiking the Inca trail without a permit.
Currently, the Peruvian Government limited the number of permits for the Inca Trail to 500 per day. However, support staff on the trek are included in this number, meaning that about 200 permits are allocated for tourists and about 300 for cooks, porters and guides each day.
The Inca trail is closed for the month of February for Conservation and maintenance projects to be carried out.
How do I secure a permit?
Simply book onto one of our 2018 Ultimate Inca Trail dates and pay the £400 deposit (required to cover the initial costs of the permit and booking). You will also need to submit your passport details (of the passport you intend to travel on!). You can submit these details online through our website during the booking process. Once we have received your details and the deposit payment we will submit the request and confirm once the permit has been issued.
Permit numbers are strictly enforced by the Peruvian Government and subject to availability. If we are unable to obtain permits for your select dates we will get in touch to discuss alternative dates and options. For the best chance of getting a permit please ensure all details are submitted by 12th October.
Why book with The Grand Adventure Company?
You’ll probably only visit Machu Picchu once, so why not do it properly? Our 9-day Ultimate Inca Trail itinerary avoids the crowds, by taking an extra day to avoid the busiest of the campsites and gives you time to properly explore the nature and ruins you will encounter. There’s no waking up in the middle of the night on the final day, as we take an extra day to properly explore the Machu Picchu site. We also include a luxury 4* hotel for your time before and after the trek in Cusco.
Our local guides and trek support teams will ensure you are well looked after in-country. You will have a local leader who is an expert in the region and able to share their passion and experience. Working closely with our in-country teams we ensure the highest standards of safety and customer service are met, as well as only engaging with suppliers & accommodation providers that share our ethos and high environmental and welfare standards.
The Grand Adventure Company are a proud member of 1% for the Planet, we donate 1% of our annual sales to help protect the environment. As much as we aim to minimise our environmental impact, leave no trace and promote conservation efforts, we acknowledge that our trips do have an impact on the fragile areas we travel to. Through supporting local conservation projects we aim to offset some of this impact. We match our giving to local, community-led projects that benefit the areas we travel to. 1% for the Planet certifies our giving.
Can I visit Machu Picchu without doing the Inca Trail?
Don’t want to be tied down by permits? Why not go off the beaten track and try our Ultimate Choquequirao Trek.
Machu Picchu can also be visited as a day trip from Cusco on any Peru itinerary.
Ready to Book?
If you are ready to book you can go straight to our Inca Trail booking page to view our dates and prices. If you still need convincing or would prefer to speak to someone who’s done the trek please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.