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Inca Trail permit availability

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Trekking the Inca Trail is regulated by the Peruvian authorities, limiting the number of people allowed on the trail each day. We include trekking permits when you book on to one of our Inca Trail trips and these will be purchased once your place on the trip is confirmed. As permits often sell out months ahead of travel we recommend that you confirm your place well in advance if you wish to trek the Inca Trail the following year. The process is explained in more detail below.

If the Inca Trail permits are sold out for the dates you wish to trek in Peru you may wish to consider the Salkantay Trek. This trek takes you into the beautiful scenery of the Andes without the need for a permit and still gives you the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu after your trek has finished. You can also combine it with the  Amazon as an extension

Additional notes for trips that include the Inca Trail trek

1. In order to regulate the number of people walking on the Inca Trail at one time it is necessary to buy an Inca Trail permit specific to the days that you wish to travel. There are only 200 permits per day available for tourists; the remainder are for guides and porters.

2. If you are travelling on an Explore trip we will buy the necessary permit on your behalf. The permit is non-refundable and the trekking dates can’t be transferred after you have confirmed your booking.

3. Permits sell out quickly, so we would urge that you book your trip well ahead of your intended travel dates. New Inca Trail permits are released in early October each year so ideally we would recommend that you book your trip at least six months ahead and by mid to the end of October if you wish to trek in peak season (April to September) the following year.

4. Although a trip departure may be ‘guaranteed’, due to the way the permits are distributed we are unable to guarantee individual Inca Trail permits until we have confirmation that they have been purchased. At the time of booking we will be able to tell you the date that your permit should be confirmed, and will contact you immediately in the (unusual) event that it is not possible. Because of this we would recommend that you either book your flights through Explore or ensure that when purchasing your own flights the tickets are flexible or refundable.

5. In order to buy your permit we will need your full name, passport number, date of birth and nationality. If you change or renew your passport before travelling it will be necessary to provide a copy of both passports in advance of travelling and to carry a copy of your previous passport with you.

6. The Peruvian authorities may change the regulations for the Inca Trail permit at any time. In the event of this we will inform you as soon as possible.

For availability please check the Dates & prices tab on the individual Explore Inca Trail trip pages:

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