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How to make an Inca Trail Planning

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Jan 3, 2020 8:00:00 PM

Hi, we are now at the begining of a new year and for those that could not make it to the inca trail last year or have just begun to plan a trip to Peru to hike the inca trail we would like to share a bit of our experience through the years.

Your Inca Trail plan must follow the below mentioned steps

When planning to do the  inca trail  you need to set a frame of datesfor your tripthat must be flexible. We suggest NOT to book yet your international flights nor the internal flights to/from Cusco until you get your permit issued

Permits began to be sold on 05 October 2019 for the this year

Last year experience has taught us that during the first 3 hours of opening the sales May becomes SOLD OUT. Yes, it is amazing how fast the spots run out. During the first week April and June become sold out as well…. And March followed very soon!!

Now May is sold out and most of June and April

You must be aware that as it is a protected area, there is only an small amout of spots available but also you should know that the porters, cook are part of the 500 spots available for the 4 or 5 days hike.

Once the sales open and in order to get the permits we need the scanned passport (valid at the time of the trip). This means that before making any plan you need to be sure that passport is valid as the passport information is included in the permit which is non refundable nor can be transfered to any other person

If by any reason you needs to change passport we need scanned copy of both passports (old and new)

Once permits for the trek are issued, we move forward as we need to book the train back to Ollantaytambo (March and April) and to Poroy or Ollantaytambo. It will depend on availablity or program you have.

If you are 2 persons traveling together we need 9 spots for you and the crew that will assist you. Each additional person means 2 more spots: one for the traveler and the other for the porter that will carry the gear and the belongings.

If the group is larger than 8 persons we include an assistant for the guide and the cook (2 more spots) so that the quality service is granted to travelers.

Inca Trail Classic (4 days/3 nights, all camping)

This is the classic four-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

This magnificent hike is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks, in a single day.

The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step of the way.

On the last morning we arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train.

Inca Trail Discovery (5 days/4 nights, 3 nights camping + 1 night hotel accommodation)

Our five-day program allows the traveler time to explore and enjoy the amazing archaeological sites, landscapes and nature along the way.

While most other programs force trekkers to speed through the stunning high-altitude Inca Trail, we take the time to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We camp the first three nights, enjoying great meals and sturdy tents.

The hikes average six to seven hours each day, including time to explore the Inca sites we pass through and to take in the unparalleled scenery.

On the fourth afternoon day we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate).

After a well-deserved night at a comfortable hotel, we return to Machu Picchu to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon we return to Cusco by train.

"This program is specially designed to offer a more relaxed trek and a deeper understanding of Inca culture."

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Inca Trail De Luxe - Platinum Service (5 days/4 nights, 3 nights camping + 1 night hotel accommodation)

This is a De Luxe private tour similar to our Inca Trail Discovery with enough time to explore and enjoy the amazing Inca archaeological sites, landscapes and nature

We camp the first three nights, enjoying great meals, wine, sturdy tents and at the end of the day a massage therapist will offer a relaxing massage.

The hikes average six to seven hours 

* Secure the USD 350.00 deposit per person for permits and trains before the opening of sales

* Set flexible dates so that in case the dates does not have spots we can move 1 or 2 days earlier or later

* Do not wait until last minute to ask for the permits as you may not be able to hike the 4 or 5 days trek

 Beyond the Inca Trail  (6 days /5 nights, 4 nights camping + 1 night hotel accommodation)

This trek allows you the possibility to admire beautiful landscapes and snow-capped peaks (Mt Salkantay), Andean farms, and the famous Inca remains of Sayacmarca,

Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna located in the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

This program need the permits on day 3 when enters the regulated path.


The 2 days hike that starts in KM 104 has special 250 stock of permits as for this hike only the traveler needs pemits and there is no crew involved.

For this hike you will need the train to KM 104 and back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo.

 Short Inca Trail (2 days/1 night hotel accommodation)

This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and follow the trail for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun.

From here we descend into the world famous “Lost City.” After a restful night in a hotel, we return to Machu Picchu at dawn to see the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train.

You decide which trek you would like to hike.

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If you would like a longer trek you have the following program

You can not forget that the Inca Trail is trend of ways that connected the Inca Empire and there are routes that are an alternative trek when the Classic Route is sold out as the regulations are different from the Classic ones.

You can see the dates we have opened fixed departure for the trekking adventure or if you are 2 persons we can open a departure.

Begin planning your hiking trip before spots are sold out and feel free to Contact us



Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Travel & Adventure, Machu Picchu, culture, history, archaeology, UNESCO

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