The Inca Trail Trek is known as one of the world’s ten best hikes. The trail was built by the Incas over 900 years ago to connect their capital city of Cusco to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu. This hike offers trekkers incredible vistas of Andean glacial peaks to tropical forests as they walk this historical trail of 45Km/26 miles through the Sun Gate to the legendary Machu Picchu Citadel. Besides the Classic Inca Trail of 4 days there are additional options of 1, 2, or 5-day treks to allow all travelers the option to experience this incredible trek. The 1 and 2 day treks are the last one third of the Inca Trail and also enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
To protect this historical trek, the Peruvian government heavily regulates it. There are only 500 permits issued per day, of which 200 are for trekking tourists and 300 for guides, chefs, and porters. As a result, permits sell out quickly especially in the high demand months of May through September.
The Inca Trail Trek is known as one of the world’s ten best hikes. The trail was built by the Incas over 900 years ago to connect their capital city of Cusco to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu. This hike offers trekkers incredible vistas of Andean glacial peaks to tropical forests as they walk this historical trail of 45Km/26 miles through the Sun Gate to the legendary Machu Picchu Citadel. Besides the Classic Inca Trail of 4 days there are additional options of 1, 2, or 5-day treks to allow all travelers the option to experience this incredible trek. The 1 and 2 day treks are the last one third of the Inca Trail and enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate.
CLASSIC INCA TRAIL: If you are booking for the Classic Inca Trail, 4 or 5 days, you must book early to get your desired date. Depending on the month a tourist wishes to hike, they may need to book 6 months or more in advance. The permits come out usually in October of 2019 for 2020, and many dates are booked out in minutes.
ALTERNATIVE DATES: We work hard to get permits for your preferred date - in fact we normally secure 98% of the preferred dates for our customers. However, we prefer that you also give us at least 2 alternative dates just in case we are unable to secure permits for your preferred date. This ensures we can still get permits for you and make sure you can experience the Inca Trail!
SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 1 or 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 month in before is possible depending on the date you chose to trek.
SAM Travel makes sure all their hikers’ information is updated and ready to use to secure the Inca Trail permit on the date the client is hoping to secure. Thus, the moment the permits are released for sale, we can purchase the permits before they are all sold out. Some dates in May or June may sell out within minutes, others in hours. Any delay in this process could mean SAM Travel is unable to secure your Inca Trail permit, especially for the Classic Inca Trail. It is always wise to provide an alternative date to be sure of getting your permit.
You can change your starting date for either of the Inca Trails for 2020 before the permits are issued in October of 2019 at no extra charge.
It may be possible to book at the last minute with the 2 day or 1 day Inca Trail and perhaps the Classic Inca Trail (4 or 5 day) if you are looking to trek in a month of the year where demand is lower. However, it is not recommended! The permits are not the only item that can book out, trains and hotels can also book out. Please do not wait until the last minute, book now if you have set dates!
SAM Travel needs your personal details and they must match your passport. What is required is your full name as written in your passport, passport number, date of birth, nationality and gender. Once again, it must match exactly your passport! After booking, please send us a copy of your current passport or driver’s license if you are booking with that.
If you are renewing your passport, SAM Travel can book with your old passport number (or driver’s license number) and we will update once your new passport arrives. Further details are written below.
If you are still in the process of obtaining your passport, you can still book with your driver’s license information and when you obtain your new passport then simply email SAM Travel a photo of both your new passport and your driver’s license and we will update your permit information at the government office. Please bring your drivers license and new passport when you come to Peru.
If your passport will expire before you trek, you can book the Inca Trail hike with your current passport and when you obtain your new passport, you can take photos of both your old and new passports. Then email SAM Travel those photos and they will update your permit information at the government. It is also wise to bring both your old passport and new passport to Peru when you come if your still have your old passport.
NO, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE! The government of Peru strictly controls the Inca Trail. This hike can only be booked by a fully licensed tour operator. SAM Travel Peru Alpaca is a 100% licensed Inca Trail tour operator by the government here in Cusco, Peru. (Not all tour operators can do the Inca Trail) We take pride in the journeys we create for our clients and we guarantee you won’t regret putting your trust in SAM Travel Peru!
SAM Travel specializes in small intimate groups! We want to guarantee the best possible experience for all our hikers. it allows you to get to know your fellow hikers better and to better enjoy your trekking experience. Our group sizes range from 2 to 8 persons. If 2 persons book it is guaranteed you go even if no other people book. You book, pay your deposit, you go!
YES, you absolutely can book a private hike at an additional cost! The cost varies depending on the size of your private group. A private tour means that you will have your own personal guide, porters, chef, dining tent and toilet tent during the tour.
Booking with SAM Travel is easy. All you need to do is click on the BOOK NOW link and follow the instructions. If you have questions, please chat with us or give us a call using the phone numbers on the top of the main page for the Peru office or the USA office.
As soon as we receive your completed booking form and your $200 deposit per person, we will email you a confirmation. Once permits are released from the government, our staff will confirm once again that your permits are secured for your preferred date after we have purchased them in October 2019.