Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Availability & Permits

For many people, hiking the Inca Trail through the Sun Gate and visiting Machu Picchu is on their bucket list. This 12km (Short Inca Trail) or  45km/26 mile (4 days Inca Trail) trail that leads to one of the 7 World Wonders is one of the most popular hikes in the world and best way to visit and enjoy Machu Picchu. And it’s for a good reason. The hike is spectacular, no matter which route you take. Each day you will pass some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet and roam around amazing ruins. It is a unique adventure.

But hiking any of this route involves a lot of planning and prepping. In order to enter this historic route, you must have a GOVERNMENT ISSUED PERMIT obtained by a licensed Inca Trail Tour Operator – like  SAM Travel. The government will only release 250 permits to start the Short Inca Trail each day and EVERYONE needs a permit – even our crew – so tickets sell fast. It is imperative to book these treks 3-5 months in advance.

*** The government will only release 500 permits to start the 4 days Inca Trail each day and EVERYONE needs a permit – even our crew – so tickets sell fast. It is imperative to book these treks 3-5 months in advance.

How to Book Your Inca Trail Adventure

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    Make sure permits are still available

    Check calendar below to make sure the government still has permits on your preferred start date.

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    Check Our Availability

    Make sure you have talked with your tour operator about the availability, make sure your preferred date its still available.

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    Book Now

    Remember that the tour operator will need the following details: Full name, Passport Number, Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender

CLICK EACH MONTH TO CHECK THE SHORT INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU AVAILABLITY & PERMITS

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WHAT TO DO IF THE CLASSIC INCA TRAIL IS SOLD OUT FOR YOUR DESIRED DATES?

If permits are sold out for the Short Inca Trail to  Machu Picchul on your preferred date,” don’t get stressed out,” you have so many options that will still allow you to tour to Machu Picchu. Alternative treks & tour are just as beautiful as the Inca Trail.

ALTERNATIVE TREK OPTIONS:

  • Tour to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Vistadome Train
  • Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

Important Note: To buy the Inca Trail trek permit, we use the names and passport numbers that you send us with your trek booking application (they must to complete and accurate)
You must bring the same passport with you to Cusco and take it with you on the Inca Trail.

Very Important Note: If the name or number on your passport does not match the name and number on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.