Important information about Inca Trail Permits

There are hundreds of Inca Trails across the Inca Empire. The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is part of the Machu Picchu National park system.  This trail is and region are protected and managed by the Peru National Institute of Natural Resources. You need a permit to trek in this region!

Important information about Inca Trail Permits

This comes with good and bad. The good is the trail is now regulated, the up keep of the region, sites and Machu picchu are now better protected. Before the early 2000’s there were no regulations safekeeping the Inca Trail. This meant that over 1,000 people per day were attempting to trek this famous trail creating a wide range of problems. You can image the toilet situation on the trail. This is when the Peruvian government decided to step in and make a few changes for the future protection of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Read some REVIEWS from our trips.

Check out our 4,5 and 6 day itineraries along the famous trail to Machu Picchu.

The challenge for people these days, is the number of people permitted to start the trail per day is strictly limited to 500. This is made up of roughly 200 tourists and 300 porters, guides and support staff. There’s also a limit to the number of visitors allowed to enter the site of Machu Picchu – capped at 2500 people per day. With limited availability on the Inca Trail, it helps to start planning your trip well in advance to ensure you can obtain a permit in time to get a space on the trek.

How do you book a permit for the Inca Trail

Important information about Inca Trail Permits







We make it easy for you! We manage all aspects of your Inca Trail Trek. We take care of, and obtaining your Inca Trail permit once you’ve booked your trip. We manage the crew, permits, food, tents, transfers, hotels and tours for you. CONTACT US for further information, we are happy to chat with you about this process.


The peak season for trekking the Inca Trail is May, June, July and August. Currently permits open up for sale on the 1st October the year before. So if you are looking to book in June, you need to be booking with us in October the year before to guarantee your space. Some companies block book dates early so this make it really difficult to secure one of the 200 spaces for any given day in the peak trekking season.

You need to be booking six months in advance to guarantee your space on this unique and amazing adventure. I have personally trekked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu over 10 times and it gets better and better each trip. This is a very special route and you do not want to miss out. We have our own full time staff member on the ground in Cusco managing all aspects of the trip and he will have all permits with him. Once you are about to enter the gate to the Inca Trail they will be handed to you and you are walking the famous trail to Machu Picchu.

You have just found out there are no permits left?

Important information about Inca Trail Permits







Don’t worry. We can still make your dream of hiking the Andes and visiting Machu Picchu a reality. There are lesser known Trails with Incan archaeological sites and cultural experiences off the beaten path. The beauty of this option is that no permit is needed. This makes it possible to make a last-minute decision to go trekking in Peru.

Decided Trekking to Machu Picchu isn’t for you and would rather catch the train?

You have watched our video and read more about Machu Picchu and realized that trekking the trail in Peru is by no means an easy venture. That’s fine.  You can still visit Machu Picchu and take the bus, train and bus options. If you would like further information on this CONTACT US for further information.

Ready to experience Machu Picchu for yourself? Ian Taylor Trekking have you covered on our small group adventures in Peru.