Changes to Inca Trail Permits
For a long time the Inca Trail permits have been limited to 500 per day for all the Inca Trail routes, no matter if you do the hike in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. This year the Ministry of Culture has implemented a new change that will allow more visitors to hike this famous trail to Machu Picchu. There are now 250 permits that have been allocated only for hikers doing the 2-Day Inca Trail starting at Km 104 and hiking to Machu Picchu. Another 500 permits are available for those starting the hike at Km 82 (the Traditional 4-Day Inca Trail) which also includes hikers joining the Inca Trail from Salkantay or doing the hike in 5 days.
The number of permits available still includes the staff that accompanies you on your hike such as your guide, chef, and Quechuas (porters). Since on the 2-Day Inca Trail most hikers are only accompanied by their guide (although it is optional to hire an extra Quechua to help carry your gear for the first day hiking), that means that the majority of the 250 permits available will go towards hikers. On the other hand, for the Traditional 4-Day Inca Trail and also the 6-Day Salkantay Plus Inca Trail, more Cusi Travel support staff join you, and each of them must also have a permit meaning that about half of the permits will go to hikers and half will go to staff.
If you are planning your Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu, please email us at email@example.com and let us know the dates you are planning to do the hike so that we can provide you with the availability!