The sale of tickets for the Inca Trail begins in October of each year and is limited to 200 people per day. If you want to buy a ticket you must do it at least six months in advance, because tickets are sold out months before.
The Inca Trail is one of the best excursions in the world and it is also an unforgettable experience. In this way, beautiful archeological remains scattered along the path are mixed and mixed with an impressive landscape, as well as an unequaled flora and fauna, which makes this route one of the most coveted travel destinations in the world.
If you want to book the Inca Trail for the months of June and July you must do it at least eight or nine months before, because this is the best season to do the trek and coincides with the festivities of the city of Cusco.
The Inca Trail, as well as the citadel of Machu Picchu and the other Inca archaeological remains are under the responsibility of the National Institute of Peruvian Culture or INC, who determines the maximum number of visitors per day. As we mentioned before, there are two hundred tickets available for sale in addition to the three hundred that are enabled for the entry of chefs, porters and other members of the team that accompanies the traveler, which makes a total of 500 seats per day.
The point that connects the inca citadel of Machu Picchu with the Inca Trail is known as Suns's door or ‘Inti Punku’ and the only way to enter Machu Picchu through this place is by doing the Inca Trail route.
Imagine waking up one day in the misty mountains of the Andes. The sun has just risen, revealing the silhouette of the peaks and projecting the first rays of sunlight over the place. You can also see many wild birds and other species starting the day, just like you. No vehicle sounds or pollution. Only you and the other travelers who have the same anxiety to explore and discover this beautiful route. Live this experience now and reserve your entrance to the Inca Trail as soon as possible.
2019 Inca Trail availability
As of May 2019, tickets for the Inca Trail have been sold out until November, that is, more than six months in advance are required to make the reservation.
Cost of the Inca Trail:
In order to explore the Inca Trail you must hire a tourism agency or operator on a mandatory basis, it is strictly prohibited to make the tour on your own. The cost of the Inca Trail tour includes the entrance ticket, the payment of the porters, the logistics of the entire route, the tents and food. This cost varies depending on the level of luxury that the traveler wants, the type of agency and the extras that are hired. It is usually between $600.00 and $750.00 USD
Alternatives to the Inca Trail
If for various reasons you could not get a ticket to do Inca Trail, but are eager to discover the Inca citadel through a walk or trekking you can opt for the following alternatives:
- Machu Picchu can be reached by the Salkantay snow route (6 271 m.a.s.l.), it is a tour that normally lasts five days, ending in the town of Aguas Calientes. Many of the travelers who have already experienced this journey comment that the experience was even superior to what they expected with the Inca Trail.
- Machu Picchu can also be reached by the route of the Choquequirao complex, which was discovered about ten years ago. This tour has an average duration of nine to ten days, in which the Citadel of Choquequirao is explored and ends in the town of Aguas Calientes, then climb to the Inca Citadel.
Another alternative is to make the route from Lares Valley to Machu Picchu, this tour has an average duration of four to five days. This route is not well known and there are probably few tour operators available
Let's be responsible with the care of the Inca Trail
In the middle of 2017, the archaeological park of Machu Picchu was about to be considered in the list of UNESCO's endangered heritage. The main reason for this measure was due to the signs of deterioration that were beginning to be appreciated in the archaeological remains and in the environment.
The deterioration of the Inca Trail and the citadel of Machu Picchu by the increase in visitors generated new restrictions and regulations by the government of Peru, with the intention of preserving this treasure for the rest of the world. Among other measures, the maximum residence time in the citadel was limited to four hours, nine different schedules were introduced for admission and the presence of a guide during the tour in the citadel became mandatory.
Help us to take care of this natural wonder so that other generations can have the pleasure of exploring its charms. In the area that includes the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (within which the Inca Trail is located) you can find up to 500 different species of orchids, many of them as small as a button while others are vines type and can reach a height of 4 meters. Up to 13 altitudinal floors are registered, with different flora and fauna for each floor, making this place one of the most fascinating places in terms of biodiversity.